Fear for sure

Every client is afraid. Every practitioner is afraid. Fear to a greater or lesser extent is to be acknowledged. How I acknowledge my own fear is by recognizing that it exists and that my experience in dealing with it exists.  Before facing a fear provoking event, I scan it in my mind beforehand using before/during/&…

T’is the Season

It’s the time of year to express our hopes and dreams, no matter what our religious or cultural background may be.   As a psychotherapist who has practised in Toronto for almost three decades, I wish that every childhood could be care free, for meaningful work for everyone, for sustained and recovering health, for meaningful lives for every senior, shelter from…

Small rebellions

I remember walking into the cottage we rented for many summers and being overwhelmed by the haze of garlic. We were not of Mediterranean background.  Back then,  cooking with garlic was seen as an act of rebellion among my family and neighbours. My mother,  Anglo-Saxon, of sensitive ambitions, sported many small rebellions during her life for which I…

Tipping Point

It’s what we don’t know that we have to learn.  Our culture reinforces us to hide what we don’t know, both from ourselves and from others.  Sometimes the solutions to our problems are obvious to others, just not to ourselves.  If you’ve reached your tipping point and need to talk strategies on how to get…