Pink socks are an expression of solidarity and support to my Junior Tribe Member whose mother died from breast cancer.

Socks of Love

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My youngest Junior Tribe Member is my son.  He does refer to me as a parent, which I totally love.  I am not his mother.  His mother died. Out of respect for his mother, he wears pink shoes. Bright pink runners on the court. When his coach told him last year to make them less …

Does your wife impact your life?

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Dear husbands-whose-wives-are lonely-for-you, I’m writing this letter to you because I want you to spend the rest of your days with the love of your life. Truly I do. Some of these words may sound harsh, but they are deliberately bold and blunt because the message is so important. Some of you may recognize yourselves …

Sarah Murray–Psychology Today Sex Expert

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Our therapist, Sarah Murray, is now a columnist with Psychology Today as a sex expert.  Her first article was published recently: Sarah focused her doctoral dissertation on men’s experience of sexuality, looking at the connection between sex and belonging/connection/relationship. There is no shortage of stereotypes about men’s sexuality.  There is much bravado and “locker room …

I love the ready tears of strong men

“Courage. Scared. Grace, too” On Gord Downie, vulnerability and men.

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Like millions of Canadians, I can’t stop thinking about the Tragically Hip’s incredible performance on Saturday night. It wasn’t just Gord Downie’s sparkly tracksuits and feathered hats, his uniquely quirky dance moves, or the dozens of poetic songs he and his band so perfectly performed. For me, the most profound moment was during his performance …

Misconceptions: Men and Sex

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Another of our colleagues has entered the blogosphere. Sarah Hunter Murray has been on our therapy staff for several years…during her first year with us, she was doing research and writing a thesis looking at the male perspective of sex.  She is passionate about helping people explore and understand sexuality…and in her gentle way, encourages …

A Bittersweet Legacy

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 Carolyn here: Michael Quiring, one of the therapists here, is one of my favourite people. His dad has been struggling…I’vbeen asking him about his dad’s health for years. Michael’s dad became acutely ill a few weeks ago. I spoke to him early last week…the situation was grave, and the odds were stacked against recovery, but his dad …

Before it’s too late

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I was talking recently to some of my colleagues about couples therapy. One of the topics that came up was the reluctance of one partner to hear the other spouse’s pain…and do something about it. Sometimes, when couples come to therapy, we ask the couples which one is the “draggee” in therapy, and one the …

Poster of one man helping another over the wall..."We don't have to do it alone. We were never meant to" Brene Brown quote

A letter to a potential client: Yep, therapy is hard

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Dear Potential Client: As a person contemplating entering counselling, I feel like there are a few things you need to know.  A lot more people have considered counselling than have actually made an appointment.  So…a lot of people wonder about making an appointment, maybe even want to make an appointment…but don’t. I just wanna make …

Comforting Power of a Parent

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So,  parenting is hard, eh?  Brutal. Some days, you gotta wonder if all your efforts matter.  If you matter. Some days, we as parents mess up, screw up, yell too much, micro manage, over-parent, under-parent, can’t-play-dressy-up-even-one-more-time, or use the screen as a babysitter in an all together unsatisfying way. But we always got something our …