Leadership, Loyalty, and My Very Good Luck

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Preface…I (Carolyn) wrote recently about the great team I work with every day at Bergen and Associates Counselling…and I used a story of Lindsey as an example of the quality of people I interact with.  A solid team of therapists that supports and builds each other up, makes for better therapy for clients, I think. …

Affirmation: You’re Good Trouble

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I love my work. I love it for lots of reasons that I’ve written about before–the clients I see humble me with their courage and stun me with their growth. I am often surprised by joy as we work through the difficult stuff of life. I also love it because it is a place where …

Love’s Legacy

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Husband and I are part of a care group…a bunch of folks who have decided to intentionally do life together. We meet for a dinner once a month. We ask each other honest questions and have candid conversations. We share of love and life and faith and care for each other.  We pray for one another. …

An Open Letter to Ms. Rona Ambrose

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Dear Ms. Ambrose, Wow…did you see this coming? Your role as leader of the Official Opposition?  I know your party was anticipating a re-election, with Mr. Harper continuing to be Prime Minister.  And now–you’re the interim leader of the Conservative party. That’s an enormous job to land in.  I applaud your courage to take on …

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 …

Hopes for Parenting in a Fast Moving World Part 1

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(alternate working title: How to Slow Down and Stop Being a Jerk) From time to time I almost have myself convinced that I’m all grown up. On those occasions, I’m doing grown-up type things like voting for a prime minister, having difficult conversations with my boss**, or re-re-reading the bedtime stories my son prefers (rather than …

Visiting my husband’s wife’s grave

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As featured in the Globe and Mail. It wasn’t an easy decision for our experience of love after heartbreaking loss being on the national stage. The back story of picture (and another perspective of the same shot, from an entirely different angle!) to the Globe and Mail article: Composting Heartbreak J. took me to Carolyn’s grave on Sunday.  For …