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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 the 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”. What Is A…

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…

How to Choose a Good Couple Therapist

Choosing a Couple Therapist for your relationship can be daunting, and as many couples do not seek out therapy until they have been in distress for an average of six years, often the stakes are high when they do. This may be your last resort, and if so, you will want to find a therapist…

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…

Getting back to school—for you and your child.

Written By: Erika DeSchiffart, a psychotherapist with Capital Choice Counselling Group. September can be a time of chaos and routine, with usually the chaos preceding the new routine. This is normal, especially as summer tends to be less scheduled and more laid back. Yet, do you find your child is still dragging their feet in…

Family Therapy– What is it?

Family therapy is about taking care of life’s precious relationships – your family. Family therapy can address and smooth over life’s everyday bumps, or the occasional blowout. Family therapy can address issues like communication, being seen and heard within the family, acting out children, blended families, young adults leaving home, etc. Practically, family therapy can…