08 Oct

3 Concrete Ways to Tell the Difference Between Anxiety and Stress

Trudy Jacobsen It’s not uncommon for people to use anxiety and stress interchangeably. After all, they do have their similarities. For example, both anxiety and stress display physical symptoms such as stomach issues, muscle tension, insomnia, and more. And both can wreak havoc on your peace of mind, disrupting your regular routine. Yet, they aren’t exactly the same. In fact, there are a handful of very important differences that separate anxiety from...

08 Oct

Why is Communication in Relationships So Hard? – Consider 3 Main Factors

Trudy Jacobsen At the beginning of a relationship, it can seem very easy to “get” eachother. After all, you’re in love. And cupid has a tricky little way of blinding you from most other negative emotions. As time goes by, however, negative feelings can build up, makingeffective communication very necessary. The problem is that communication is usually one of the most difficult tasks to accomplish in arelationship. In fact,...

08 Oct

Are You an Enmeshed Parent? – 4 Ways to Tell

If you’re a parent, the relationship you have with your child is likely the closest of all your relationships. However, there is a line between a close relationship and an unhealthily close relationship. Enmeshed parenting is when a parent/child relationship is seen as more important than the individual themselves. In other words, you define yourself more by your relationship with your child than as an autonomous person. Enmeshed relationships are very similar to co-dependent...

08 Oct

Healthy Striving for Personal Excellence Can Conquer Perfectionistic Concerns

Trudy Jacobsen If you find yourself overwhelmed by perfectionist concerns, it may feel as if nothing you do will ever be quite right. Whether it’s your performance in school, in the workplace, with your friends or at home with your family—perfectionism can lead to chronic disappointment and unhappiness. It may also negatively affect those around you. You may never be able to fully stop striving for perfection. And you don’t have to give...

10 Sep

Find Joy in Life! – How You Can Overcome Depression and Suicidal Thoughts

Trudy Jacobsen When depression takes hold of you, it can feel crushing. Depressive and suicidal thoughts can be extremely overwhelming, and you may be left feeling as though you are powerless to fight back. Depression often makes even simple tasks feel impossible. When you are depressed, it may be difficult to get out of bed, shower, go to work, or even leave the house. Unsurprisingly, self-care is so important in the fight...

03 Sep

Accelerated Experiential Dynamic Psychotherapy (AEDP) for Couples – Treating Relational Trauma

Trudy Jacobsen At the foundation of every healthy relationship lies an infrastructure of security. The bricks that make up the core of this base include trust, attachment, love, and the confidence that your partner has your back. Knowing you can count on someone to be in your corner is an irreplaceable feeling. But what happens when that person fails you? For instance, maybe you take an emotional fall only to find that...

29 Aug

7 Practical Ways to Balance the Emotional Effects of Debt

Trudy Jacobsen The impact of a financial debt goes far beyond your wallet. Your debt can carry an emotional burden that can weigh just as heavily on your psyche. What if the debt will take a long time to pay off? Will you ever be debt-free again? How will this debt impact your financial future? Do you earn enough money to make your payments? It’s no wonder that debt can have a tremendous emotional impact...

29 Apr

Why Self-Awareness and Emotional Maturity Are So Important in Relationships

Trudy Jacobsen | Relationships Circulating in today’s society is a term known as emotional intelligence. This concept has not only proven to improve all sorts of relationships—friendships, professional, romantic—but it helps people find true joy as well. For this reason, many of us strive for it without really pegging a title on our pursuit. Although the idea of emotional intelligence may sound incredibly sophisticated and complex (and possibly...

29 Apr

Creating a Great Relationship: How to Identify the Results You want to Create

Trudy Jacobsen | Relationship Counselling Romantic relationships tend to be a bit scattershot—going with the flow. Yet, creating a successful relationship requires more deliberate action than most people assume. Rather than to simply rely on love or passion to lead the way, couples who set relationship goals often find the most long-term success. To begin, it’s vital to know the results you want to create in the relationship....

29 Apr

9 Ways to Improve Communication Skills in Your Relationship

Trudy Jacobsen | Relationship Counselling Have you ever noticed that it’s often the most important people in our lives that we tend to treat the worst? There are hundreds of things we could blame for this. Yet, most of the time it’s simply that we fall in a rut of familiarity. Plus, in the midst of our daily routines, we can easily get stuck in a pattern...