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12 Jul

Ghosting

Relationships can be extremely difficult, sometimes never more so than when they are ending. But what about the relationships that do not offer a typical, messy ending? Ghosting is when someone you care about, a close friend or someone that you have a romantic connection with, disappears from your life by discontinuing contact. Not only has a relationship that you put time and effort into ended - maybe with someone that you were excited about or possibly loved - but it has...

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08 Jul

Love Languages

  It's not uncommon for couples who come into my office to express concern that they have lost connection with their partner. They no longer experience the same feelings of love that were present in the beginning of their relationship. Over time relationships change, but with conscious effort and awareness we can learn to change with them. A relationship doesn't have to fizzle simply because it has moved on from the initial infatuation into a stable relationship. You and your partner are different, and each of you feels/experiences love and connection...

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01 Jul

A Review of Brené Brown’s “Rising Strong” by Heather Stuart

Book: Rising Strong : The Reckoning, The Rumble, The Revolution (Random House, 2015) By: Brené Brown Reviewed By: Heather Stuart What I liked about the book: I listened to the audiobook version of Rising Strong, as I think that Brown’s writing style lends very well to this format. What I really enjoy about Brené Brown is her ability to speak to her audience honestly and with a narrative voice that makes you feel like she is talking with you over coffee. Rising Strong is...

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25 Jun

What is EMDR?

  EMDR stands for Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing. EMDR is a form of psychotherapy that has been researched and proven effective in the treatment of PTSD and other mental health related problems. Using standardized protocols, it is a very scripted form of therapy. The focus of EMDR is not on talking or discussion, but on helping the brain process negative memories using bilateral stimulation, accomplished through guided eye movements or tactile stimulation. The bilateral stimulation is utilized to help the brain release...

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17 Jun

Redefining Productivity – The Bliss Way

Productivity cannot always be measured by how much has been crossed off of your daily to-do list or the number of job ladders climbed in your life. Tallying tasks or goals completed will leave you feeling overwhelmed and frustrated on days when you simply couldn’t do all that you had anticipated, or after a year that didn't produce the outcomes you had hoped for. We all have those days, and those years, but if you focus on what you didn't accomplish you will...

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10 Jun

Three Processes for Effective Communication

Communication is an art form. The act of bridging the gap between two beings with different experiences, thoughts, and beliefs in order to express an idea or convey an emotion, to share an experience, or to solve a common problem requires a significant amount of effort and skill. And like most art forms, while some seem to have a natural ability, the truth is that everyone can learn the skills necessary to the task. If communication does not come naturally...

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27 Mar

A Review of Paul Coelho’s “The Alchemist” by Tammy Benwell

Book: The Alchemist By: Paul Coelho Reviewed By: Tammy Benwell What the book is about: The Alchemist is a book about following your dreams, and the struggles that one often faces when attempting to do so. While sleeping under a sycamore tree Santiago has a recurring dream where a young child tells him that a treasure awaits him at the Pyramids in Egypt. After consulting an elderly gypsy woman, who confirms his dream, Santiago sets out on his journey to Egypt. Along the way he encounters people and...

09 Feb

Valentine’s Day Yoga Workshop

Trying to plan an exciting Valentine’s Day for you and your partner? Join Certified Psychologist and AcroYoga instructor Heather Anderson for a Couples Communication and Yoga Workshop from 8-10 a.m. at the KW Gymnastics Club! It may not sound like your typical, romantic breakfast-in-bed, but it’s perfect for couples looking for a fun and unique experience! The workshop combines discussion about relationships, communication, and trust with the practice of AcroYoga, which "blends the wisdom of yoga, the dynamic power of acrobatics,...

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03 Feb

Coping with Friendship Break Ups

I recently read an interesting article that explored friendship break ups and the silent unrecognized pain and even grief that may occur as a result of this lack of recognition; read article here. In addition to highlighting the emotional impact, the author noted that someone experiencing the end of a friendship may be coping with societal and cultural messages that do not acknowledge, validate or even discuss the hurt and grief of a friendship ending. This lack of validation can...

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03 Jan

12 Ways to Create an Intimate Connection

1. Practice Effective Communication Skills There are many ways to develop effective communication in your relationship. One of them is to be present with your partner, which includes temporarily setting things aside in order to give them your full attention. Put your cell phone away, take your eyes off of your computer and turn off that T.V. Active listening isn’t about you, so hear your partner out. Focusing on them includes making eye contact while they are talking to you. It’s...