The Best New Year’s Resolution…..Ever!

The clock strikes midnight. The new year is welcomed in along with new energy, fresh resolutions and the promise of achieving something we did not the year before.  We are full of energy and determination, the drive towards accomplishment coursing through our veins. This year, like so many others, there will be a myriad of…

Adulting: Great Expectations or Humbug?

The Holidays are around the corner, causing many people to introspect on the months passed with a sense of anxiety and great sadness. One reason behind the melancholy is our tendency to focus on what we don’t have, what we should have, and what we thought we would have by now in our lives. This…

The Healing Power of Animals

I always had a love of animals. Growing up, I experienced some  loss around family pets and was apprehensive about bringing a furry family member into my life as an adult. Even though I really wanted to share my life with a pet, I was deterred by childhood experiences and always put off adopting. At…

Healing and Recovery

Healing and recovery are often viewed as synonymous when we talk about eating disorders and addictions. It is sometimes believed that once you are recovered, you are also healed from the cause of the underlying issue. I wanted to shed light on this topic as this type of thinking can be false, and cause a…

The How and Why of Self-love

I love the word love. I love writing it, looking at it, I even have it on my desk as a paperweight. In fact, this is a photo of it. There is a small drawing I made with the word love on my fridge….a reminder that when times are tough, there is love somewhere in…

Love Thy Self, Love Thy Body

This entry is for both men and women as I want to honour that men also experience issues around body image and eating disorders. There exists a strong belief that if we change our bodies, we will then like or love ourselves. We think our body shapes are the reason for lack of self-acceptance and…

Ending the Drama of Work Trauma

Long gone are supposed to be the days of being sent to the principal’s office. However, the current organizational culture can make us adults feel like children in trouble, being called to the manager’s office.  Organizations spend millions of dollars using EAP programs to aid workers with stress, but nobody really speaks about abuse in…

The Purpose of Yoga in Healing

Yoga can serve as a way to witness and change the patterns, behaviours and beliefs that keep our authentic selves trapped within.  We approach yoga practice the way we approach life and given that our approach to life is shaped by our trauma, our yoga practice can greatly influence our understanding of ourselves and aid…

Moving towards what we Want

Trauma often leaves us stuck in body and mind, preventing us from getting what we want in life as doing so requires movement. This at times is in direct opposition to our defenses which keep us frozen and unable to produce action. Remaining stagnant serves as proof that we cannot get to where we want…

Trauma as the Cause of Eating Disorders

As a trauma therapist, I am constantly asked how trauma is linked to body image, food and weight, and my answer is that trauma is connected to self-worth, and self-worth, or rather lack thereof, is connected to body image, food and weight. When we don’t feel good about who we are, we will attempt to…

What Trauma Really Is…..You Might be Surprised

My goal in starting this blog was to spread the word about what trauma really is, how it affects us and how to deal with it on a daily basis. As Traumatic incidents stifle the full expression of who we are within, and I believe we all deserve to be happy and carry a sense…