Counsellor's Advice Blog

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Travel: Relationship Stress Test? Or Relationship Accelerator?

Travel brings many benefits for our emotional and mental well-being. It can make us feel happier and more relaxed; reduce burnout and give us renewed vigor when we return to work; and also has associated physical health benefits including weigh loss (assuming you’re moving around and not more-than-making up for it with added eating!) and…

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Tuning Out from Bad News

Do you find yourself down, distressed or depressed after watching or reading the news? If so, you’re not alone. More and more, as we’ve become inundated with information, we’re presented with news and current events that are difficult to process. Fires, hurricanes, earthquakes, floods… and those are just the natural disasters! Add to that a…

LGBT Youth Family Counselling in Ottawa

What brings LGBT youth and their families to counselling? If someone is gay, lesbian, bisexual, transsexual or otherwise identifies in the ever-expanding LGBT*TQIA+ acronym set, what issues do they face? And what’s different about those issues, as compared to anyone else who comes to see one of our family counsellors? While the LGBT (we’ll use…

Gambling addict can't take it anymore at slot machine

10 ‘Tells’ of a Gambling Addict

Gambling addiction is a problem that quickly overwhelms it’s sufferer. Offering what feels like the path to escape, but only digging us deeper, most addicts find out they have a problem only after the loss of thousands. If you suspect that you or someone you know is suffering from a gambling addiction, it can be tough…

myths about love that hurt you and your partner

5 Myths About Love That Are Hurting Your Relationship

As a culture, we have many strong beliefs about love and relationships. Many of which we do not recognize to be utterly flawed! False beliefs about love get in the way of our relationship’s, threatening the love they are meant to support! Identify these beliefs, and learn to change them, with Capital Choice Counselling.

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Substance as a Coping Mechanism – How We Develop Problems

Most addicts can trace their addiction back to a ‘first experiences’ that occurred in adolescence. The period after puberty is one of massive ups-and-downs. Powerful feelings, ones we’ve never had to deal with before, assault us on a daily basis. On a physical level our brains are in a period of massive re-development. On a personal…