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When should we go to mediation?

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Here’s the scenario – you need to come up with a solution but there are different points of view. Ideally, you are able to debate the issues and negotiate amicable terms on your own. If that’s the case, you’re done and there is no need to seek further assistance. On the other hand, despite your best efforts to negotiate a solution, communication breaks down or you reach a deadlock. In…

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Parents who are separated: Kids need to know they’re being heard

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So you want your child to know he or she can always talk to you. There’s never been a problem with that in the past, but the conversations just don’t seem as spontaneous anymore. You don’t want to pry but you want to make sure your child knows you are there and that no problem is too big to share with you. Ensuring that this message is clear can become…

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So what is parenting coordination?

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Separation and divorce can be one of the most difficult experiences that people can go through, and it only gets more complicated and challenging when children are involved. The well-being of the children is significantly impacted by the quality of the relationship between their parents. Insultating children from parental conflict is of utmost importance. Unfortunately, for a small percentage of families, extreme levels of conflict in the co-parenting relationship or…

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Are you struggling with depression?

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Dealing with depression can be a slippery slope. You know in order to feel better you need to make some changes, but in order to make any changes you need to feel better – or so you think. It can be a debilitating situation, but there are some things you can do on your own to help. Obviously taking the step to talk to your doctor is a big one….

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When is it time to talk to someone?

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Sometimes it’s difficult to know when to seek professional help to assist you through difficult times. Here are a few questions to consider that may help you decide. If any of these sound familiar, it may be time to consider your options. When it comes to moving forward, contacting a therapist can be an important step. Finding the right counsellor is essential. Research has confirmed that the therapist-client relationship is…

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Are you anxious and overwhelmed by stress?

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Instantly reduce stress levels anywhere, any time. All you do is breathe.  Here’s how: 1. In order to learn this technique, it’s best to start lying down. 2. Find a quiet place where you’ll be undisturbed for about 5 minutes. 3. With each inhale through your nose, be aware of your abdomen filling up like a balloon. 4. As you exhale through your mouth, notice your abdomen fall. 5. On the inhale, visualize clean,…

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