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8 Ways To Ensure A Happy Marriage


After the stomach butterflies have fluttered and the warm, hazy, puppy-love stage fades, many relationships hit a rough patch. Relationship struggles don’t come with a warning, and even after years of companionship, issues can surface.  Just because the honeymoon phase has ended, doesn’t mean a happy marriage is impossible; it means it’s time to learn and…

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5 Ways Happy Families Spend Their Holidays


Snow is falling, the tree top is glistening, and thick, down outerwear has made its annual debut. Although it has been a particularly warm start to the season, Winter is here and the most festive of holidays is just around the corner. While of course you’re appreciative of wintertime for bringing the family together, you might be…

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12 Secrets To Raising Happy, Successful Children


The second we become parents, our goals in life dramatically change. From birth, we do everything we can to make certain they go places in life; our goal is to do everything in our power to make sure they are the happiest and most successful people they can possibly be. As parents, we want to…

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12 Vital Questions You Need To Ask Your Partner Before Marriage


Marriage is a big deal. It’s messy, confusing, and complex. It’s two people who have decided to smash their lives together. For better or for worse. Which is why getting to know your partner as much as possible before getting married is a really good idea. Consider it, doing your research, your due diligence even.…

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8 Types Of Toxic People Who Aren’t Worth Your Time


The people you spend time with have a profound effect on the person you are. Surrounding yourself with positive influences, support, and strength will go a long way to becoming the person you strive everyday to be. When you surround yourself with strong role models, coworkers you respect, and friends you admire you will be…

10 Ways To Get Your Partner To Counselling


You already know that couples counselling isn’t just for those couples who are on the brink of separation. It’s for all couples! But it’s possible that your partner doesn’t know this. For whatever reason, our society has been slow to pick up on the fact that couples therapy and relationship disasters are not mutually exclusive.…

9 Signs Your Relationship Would Benefit From Couples Counselling


Your relationship is important to you, and you know that the health of your relationship has a trickle-down effect on your entire life! The purpose of couples counselling is to provide you with the skills and techniques you need to help your relationship not just survive, but thrive. Even during a rough patch. But how…

Cognitive Behavioural Therapy and Addictions


Without qualified support, addictions can be difficult to overcome. Left untreated, addictions of all kinds can wreak havoc on your personal, professional, and social relationships. Cognitive Behavioural Therapy, often referred to simply as CBT, is a form of treatment that relies on discussion to arrive at long term results. CBT is an incredibly successful mode…

The Dance of Pursue and Flee in Couple Relationships


Towards the end of a session with a couple, my female client asked “Why is it difficult for some things to change?” She, of course, was referring to her husband’s behaviour, specifically in regards to the fact that he often seemed to choose going out with his friends over spending time with her. This concern had indeed been…