Counselling

Understanding Grief

Susan Rochow, M.Sc., Registered Psychologist   Grief.  What a heavy word.  It is something we all have to deal with at some point in our lives, and it seems that the older we get, the more we are surrounded by loss.  It is not uncommon for clients to come to see me because of grief and loss, and it is always a privilege to walk alongside them in their suffering.  But sometimes the client’s goal is to stop the grief – to alleviate the pain, to turn off the anger, and to...
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A Theory of Emotions Part One: Boys Don’t Cry (But Maybe they Should)

By Jason Bauche, Registered Psychologist Originally published by Eckert Centre in 2009: minor revisions made in 2017 Emotions are a universal human experience. By six months of age, infants are capable of expressing several “basic” emotions, and when adults from divergent cultures are asked to identify the emotions depicted by various facial expressions, there is a striking correlation among their evaluations (Emde, Izard, Huebner, Sorce, & Klinnert, 1985). From an “adaptive” or change model, things common to “all” humans are adaptive and function to promote survival. Following this reasoning, emotions, too, are...
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How Many Sessions Will I Need?

Susan Rochow, Registered Psychologist   When I first meet with counselling clients, a common question asked of me is, “How long will this take?  How many sessions will I need?”  This is a very fair question, and an important question to consider when embarking on a counselling journey, especially when one must consider budgetary constraints on time and money.  However, this is a very challenging question to answer.   Many people talk about being in therapy “forever.”  They view counselling as an essential service in their health care management, similar to their massage therapist,...
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A Theory of Emotions: Part Three (Emotional Masters)

Jason Bauche, M. Sc., Registered Psychologist

My recent articles for this newsletter have focused on a theory of emotions. The basic tenets of this theory are that emotions are a universal and vital human experience, that all emotions are valuable (i.e., adaptive) because they provide essential information about our experiences, that each emotion identifies a “need”...

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