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How the Nature of Alcohol Nurtured my Young Addiction

Susan B. Raphael Bemelman's Bar, a place I often found comfort Reminiscent of a playful kaleidoscope, the sparkling booze-filled bottles that lined the wall tempted my youthful will. There was something magical about that glass wall at Bemelman’s – a former Toronto hotspot – where I once lunched with my father after visiting my mom … Continue reading How the Nature of Alcohol Nurtured my Young Addiction

How To Say How You Really Feel Simply saying “good” doesn’t quite encapsulate how wonderful you’re actually doing.

By Katherine Schafler, NYC-based psychotherapist, writer and speaker. “I just feel so, blah.” “I’m really good.” “Ugh.” “It’s just whatever.” There’s a surprising amount of utility is in words like, ugh, blah, and whatever. Because they’re amorphous and vague, we liberally cast them out into our conversations as an all encompassing net which catches a multitude of emotions. Still, we … Continue reading How To Say How You Really Feel Simply saying “good” doesn’t quite encapsulate how wonderful you’re actually doing.

THE CALL FOR AN INTEGRATED FAMILY SYSTEMS MODEL

Liz van Ryn and Victoria Creighton, Pine River Institute Providing transformative family therapy within a therapeutic treatment program is difficult to do. Pine River Institute attempted to meet this challenge by integrating a family systems model throughout their treatment program. The family systems model is largely informed by Satir Family Therapy, given the focus on … Continue reading THE CALL FOR AN INTEGRATED FAMILY SYSTEMS MODEL

University Students’ Mental Health concerns on the rise….

As more students seek mental-health care, they face long waits – or pay out of pocket – as universities struggle with demand High demand for counselling is changing how Canadian campuses get students the help they need – but many still feel they’re falling through the cracksVICTORIA GIBSON PUBLISHED FEBRUARY 14, 2019 Julia Burnham, a … Continue reading University Students’ Mental Health concerns on the rise….

Young people drowning in a rising tide of perfectionism

by Simon Sherry And Martin M. Smith,  The Conversation We recently conducted one of the largest-ever studies on perfectionism. We learned that perfectionism has increased substantially over the past 25 years and that it affects men and women equally. We also learned that perfectionists become more neurotic and less conscientious as time passes.  Perfectionism involves striving … Continue reading Young people drowning in a rising tide of perfectionism

11 Life Skills That Can Help Your Child in Recovery

from The Partnership for Drug Free Kids When your son or daughter attends treatment for a substance use disorder, among other things, they’ll learn many techniques to maintain abstinence, and to make more pro-healthy choices. While individual therapy and group counseling are well-known techniques used to address substance use, it can be just as important that … Continue reading 11 Life Skills That Can Help Your Child in Recovery