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How are you spending Christmas?


First, this blog is not meant to be a “bah humbug” on Christmas. It can be a wonderful time of family, friends, celebrating, volunteering, and yes, even giving. Gift giving can be a very thoughtful way to let someone know that they are remembered and loved. However, this blog is an invitation for us to…

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What You Can Expect from Capital Choice Counselling Group


1) High Quality Counselling and Psychotherapy Capital Choice Counselling Group is committed to high quality individual counselling, couples’ therapy, marriage counselling, and family counselling. All our counsellors are dedicated to meeting your needs and seek to offer effective and quality counselling services in a safe and professional environment. Our goal is to improve your relationships…

Therapeutic Fit: What it is, and why it’s important.


Written By: Erika DeSchiffart, Psychotherapist with Capital Choice Counselling Group   If you have been searching, or have searched for a therapist, you may have come across this term: “Therapeutic Fit”. It will usually come in the form of statements such as “finding a good therapeutic fit” or “having a good therapeutic fit”. So what…

Accepting Anxiety: How Anxiety Counselling Can Help


Written by: Erika DeSchiffart, MA, Psychotherapist with Capital Choice Counselling Group It is an understatement to say that anxiety is not a pleasant emotion, especially with its accompanying physical sensations. This is why it is natural to adopt a “fighting” stance towards the feeling, because who wants to experience prolonged anxiety or panic attacks? It…

Crisis: Danger, Crisis Intervention: Opportunity


Written by: Erika DeSchiffart, psychotherapist with Capital Choice Counselling Group. It would be difficult to find someone who has been not been affected in some way by the Ottawa shooting that occurred on Oct. 22, 2014. This type of event touches on our fundamental sense of safety and security, which is a vital need for…

Creating Happiness in Your Life: A How-To


Written by:  Dr. Martin Rovers Happiness is defined as a mental or emotional state of well-being, often characterized by positive or pleasant emotions ranging from contentment to intense joy. Perhaps some people are born with a happy disposition, but research seems to tell us that much of happiness is about working to achieve it as opposed…

Cognitive Behavioural Therapy & How It Can Help


Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) looks at the way people think (“cognitive”) and act (“behavioural”). The focus of CBT is that our thoughts about a person, or a situation affect how we feel (emotionally and physically), which in turn will affect how we behave. The main idea, or focus, of cognitive therapy is that thoughts about…

Anger Management: Harness a Strong Emotion!


We all know what anger is and that everyone gets angry from time to time. This is normal, and often a healthy human emotion to express. Anger lets everyone know that there is something wrong. Anger can range from mild annoyance to frustration, and all the way up to rage. I am allowed to be…

Leaving Self-Sabotage Behind: Internal Family Systems


Written By: Shawna Hyde, MA, CCC, Psychotherapist with Capital Choice Counselling Group Are you struggling with a never-ending diet? Determined to stick to your budget but catch yourself swiping your card almost before you’ve realized your wallet is in your hand? What makes self-sabotage so powerful, anyway? What keeps us repeatedly reaching for the masks…