Understanding Childhood Relational Trauma. A path to a lighter and more mindful adulthood.

  Photo by Kid Circus.   Childhood is often portrayed as a time of innocence, laughter, and boundless joy. Yet, for some, it can be a time of confusion, loneliness, pain, and emotional scars that linger into adulthood. Childhood relational trauma is a silent struggle that many individuals face. Still,

Nurturing interdependence: Understanding Codependent Relationships.

“Intimacy is not something freely given. It requires your attention, willingness, and intentional effort.” - Gillian Florence Sanger  As a psychotherapist, I have witnessed numerous individuals and couples grappling with codependent relationships. Some share that they grew up in a home where parents were engaged in codependent dynamics.   As a trauma

Embracing the Sober Curious Lifestyle. A Journey of Self-Discovery and Wellness.

  I first heard about the "sober curious lifestyle" during conversations with some clients about Depression, Anxiety, Sleep challenges and Alertness. Then, given my curious nature, I looked more in-depth into what that means and why many people concerned about their mental health are introducing this concept in their lives. 

Understanding Emotionally Immature People. A Guide to Coping and Thriving.

M. Nohassi   We often encounter a wide range of personalities and emotional behaviours in our daily interactions with others. Some individuals demonstrate high emotional maturity, while others may exhibit of emotional immaturity. Even the more emotionally mature people can occasionally show emotional immaturity when under stress or

Embracing the Journey of Relearning After Grief: Rediscovering Life’s Colors.

Evgeni Tcherkasski Grief is a powerful and complex emotion that accompanies losing a loved one. It can leave us feeling shattered, disoriented, and uncertain about our future. However, amidst the darkness, there is an opportunity for growth and relearning. One of the complexities of grief is that the

The various effective approaches and therapy modalities for Complex Trauma.

  “Traumatized people chronically feel unsafe inside their bodies: The past is alive in the form of gnawing interior discomfort. Their bodies are constantly bombarded by visceral warning signs, and, in an attempt to control these processes, they often become expert at ignoring their gut feelings and in numbing awareness

Understanding the impact of narcissism in relationships.

  Love needs certainty and reciprocity. It's a process where each is forced to change while resisting the change. Esther Perel The challenges. As a psychotherapist, I have seen firsthand how narcissistic traits can create challenging relationship dynamics. Narcissistic traits can include a lack of empathy, an excessive need for

Let’s talk about the effect of healthy physical affection on mental health.

Photo: Helena Lopes The "feel good hormones." When we touch, or someone we experience as safe touches us – cuddle, hug, or hold hands – our bodies release "feel good" hormones. These hormones include oxytocin, dopamine, and serotonin. Once the hormones are released into our bodies, we experience

Intimate relationships are messy and yet a sea of opportunities.

Photo: Nikklas Ohlrogge   My therapist once said -well, maybe not once but a few times :-), "anyone can feel enlightened sitting in meditation alone inside a cave or on a deserted island." Relationships are invitations to exercise introspection, self-awareness, generosity, boundaries, and empathy. They test how we