• Spiritual Direction Calgary: The Heart of Grief Counselling.
    Spiritual Direction Calgary: The Heart of Grief Counselling.
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    “So, just what is Spiritual Direction?” Calgary clients (quite unlike the majority of peoples around the world) have usually never even heard of it – and that’s the first question that comes out of their mouths…

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  • Does anyone ever get over abandonment?
    Does anyone ever get over abandonment?
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    It’s happened to so many little boys: The young man comes home one day. Dad is out on the driveway finishing packing his sports car with all of his worldly possessions. Mom is upstairs crying, trying to reassure the child that everything will be ok — while frantically googling, “Grief counselling Calgary,” and, “Surviving infidelity,” on her phone.


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  • Is your life constantly in chaos?
    Is your life constantly in chaos?
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    Of all of the eccentric, odd and sometimes down-right dubious characters who are regarded as founding fathers in the field of psychology, the award for weirdest among them definitely goes to Freud.

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  • Escaping the depressive spiral (Part #2)
    Escaping the depressive spiral (Part #2)
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    So much of the psychological and medical community today speaks of, “Managing your anxiety and depression.” Think about that phrase for a moment. The implication of it is that, if you struggle with the spiral of anxiety and depression discussed in the last article, you are destined to continue to do so – permanently.

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  • Healing the pain of abortion
    Healing the pain of abortion
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    Dr. Elisabeth Kübler-Ross’s five stages of grief — denial, anger, bargaining, depression and acceptance – have been, for years, a prescriptive definition of what every grieving person must go through. They are so culturally imbedded that, when I was writing our company page on grief & loss, I had to include her name and stages or Google wouldn’t even recognize our page as legitimate.

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  • How to really heal trauma.
    How to really heal trauma.
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    Huffington post

    The Washington VA is one of the few places veterans can find a form of meditation called iRest, named for integrated restoration. It’s a trauma-sensitive meditation adapted specifically for military service members and veterans with psychological trauma.

    In the hourlong sessions with a dozen other vets, Craig has learned how to unclench, easing his mind and his pain.

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  • Do the emotional paper-cuts hurt the worst?
    Do the emotional paper-cuts hurt the worst?
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    Guardian

    When truly bad things happen, they cross a threshold, triggering mechanisms that help us to recover. To use one of Gilbert’s examples: if a woman discovers her husband has been having an affair, she may draw on all her powers of rationalization, convincing herself it was something he had to get out of his system, or that it’s a crisis from which they’ll emerge stronger. By contrast, if his only fault is leaving dirty dishes in the sink, her cognitive defences won’t kick in. So her anger at the lesser failing may bubble longer.

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  • Are emotional issues really a disease?
    Are emotional issues really a disease?
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    KevinMD

    The primary treatment for diabetes is a drug. This analogy works if we accept that the primary treatment for mental illness is drugs. The pharmaceutical industry would be pleased with this approach.

    But, in fact, the primary treatment for problems of emotional well-being is time. What is needed is time and space for listening, where individuals can have the opportunity to have their feelings recognized and understood.

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