Personal Development and Wellness

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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Vicarious Traumatization: The Impact of Real-life Horror Stories

Susan Rochow, M.Sc., Registered Psychologist Last week (early August) as I contemplated what topic to focus on for this newsletter, I considered a number of important issues. However, I kept coming back to the topic of “vicarious traumatization” (i.e., feeling traumatized by an event which you were not directly involved in, but which you perhaps observed or heard about) in light of the recent theatre massacre in Colorado (July 20th) and security guard shootings at...
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Balance Series: Lessons in Living Well

                Jason Bauche, M.Sc., Registered Psychologist The modern world is a hectic one. For many, the following scenario is all too familiar. Morning comes, and you groggily (sometimes reluctantly) awaken. If you eat breakfast at all, it frequently consists of a giant coffee and some sort of sugary bread. If you are a parent, you rush children off to school with a series of commands, conferring with your partner the agenda for the day ahead...
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New Year’s Resolutions: How Turtles Succeed

By Shivaun Davies, BA Psychology, Cognitive Coaching Specialist If you’re like me and many people that I know, I find myself setting the same New Year’s resolutions year after year. Maybe I’ll stick to it for a while, but as the year moves on, I end up in the next January with the same plan of action. This year has been different though. I’d love to share how I’ve learned that the slow and methodical turtle can beat...
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