You Can Trust Your Feelings, but only so far.

  Seems to me that I have spent most of my career, getting clients in touch with their feelings. These days I spend even more time getting people out of their feelings and into their heads. I know I am confusing, but let me explain. No one can expect to be “chirpy-chippy” all of the time. Face it; we all…

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The Gift of Feeling Lonely

Recently I had occasion to spend a couple of weeks in a community where, except for my husband who had to be away for hours each day, I didn’t know anyone. Nope, not a soul. Boredom has never been my thing as life is just too interesting. However, I found my mood dropping and my anxiety rising. Generally, just not…

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Lessons Learned from a 1200 Pound Manatee

During a trip to Florida this past winter, I had the special pleasure of being able to observe Manatees at close range. It became my morning ritual to have my coffee sitting on the dock in a marina, with the manatees swimming just a few feet below. Manatees, often referred to as “Sea Cows”, are herbivorous marine mammals, up to…

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Giving Thanks to My Clients

Those of us in Canada just celebrated our Thanksgiving Holiday. The USA will celebrate on November 27th. This is probably my favourite celebration of the year as it is tied in to the cycles of the seasons and celebrates the bounty of the harvest. Friends and family get together and share in a wonderful autumn feast. This year, I attended…

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Does Autumn Mean the Loss of Summer? I Don’t Think So.

The Autumn has finally arrived. I hear people bemoaning the loss of summer and this begs a discussion of the value of perspective. Positive Psychology encourages the use of positive,  or gain perspective over negative, or loss perspective. If we use the metaphor of an ocean wave, the choices become clear. A wave has both a crest and a trough….

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Metaphors for Living: Water and Flow

Just give me a body of water and give me a boat that I can propel under my own steam and I will be all over it. I used to row several times a week in the early morning, and these were some of my happiest times for many years.  The experience was both physical and spiritual for me –…

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