Heartbreaking News: Former Therapist, Rod Minaker

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It is with heartfelt sadness that we grieve with the family of Rod Minaker, on his death last week. Rod worked with our counselling agency, at what was then known as Bergen and Associates Counselling starting mid-2007, and except for a brief break, worked with clients at our offices until 2014. Our hearts break at the …

10 Rules of Engagement

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Husband and I love each other, but we don’t always see eye to eye. We have to sort out disagreement and differences of opinion and perceived and actual slights just like anybody else. I don’t like it when Husband and I are at odds with each other. My world isn’t quite right when Husband and I …

Speaking out emotional truth

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I was reminded recently that growing in emotional awareness is hard work. Speaking the truth that arises out of that awareness is a lot of hard work. It can be so automatic to act passively when we have learned through painful experiences (often as children) to do whatever we can to blend in. Going with the flow …

Anger is not the real problem

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I just love it when my fellow colleagues offer their thoughts on this blog.  I get to work with some of the neatest people I know who have some of the most brilliant ideas…today Maryann H. Friesen shares some of her experience and story with us. This past year I had the privilege of doing …

Complaining

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Complaining costs a soul…and being mindful of complaining can change your life. The world conspired to have me think on complaining this last week. Dahlia Kurtz suggested a week ago that we talk about “complaining” for our weekly radio chat  this week.  She suggested an article to springboard off: I went 21 days Without Complaining …

Forgiveness is stronger than napalm

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On June 8, 1972, Kim Phuc’s life blew up…literally.  Four bombs were dropped on her village and the little 9 year old girl found herself running out of the middle of a 1200 degree firestorm with burns from the napalm on much of her body. Her parents found her three days later in the local …

Domestic Violence Part 3

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I blogged here and here a few weeks ago about domestic violence…looking at the roots…understanding that our culture assists in shaping men’s behaviour towards violence. Gail Shaver, the therapist that works most closely with those who engage in our Transforming Destructive into Constructive-Intimate Partner Violence program reminded me that I missed something big in the …

Domestic Violence: Looking at the Root Part 2

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At the end of May, a woman posted a video of Patrick Stewart, an actor best known for his role on Star Trek, speaking at Comicpalooza.  I don’t know about Comic-con or Comicpalooza or any of these sorts of conventions except what I learn on Big Bang Theory. However, almost 4 million people have watched …