28 Jan

Career and Singleness: A Look at Dating Dilemmas from a Professional’s Point of View

Career and Singleness: A Look at Dating Dilemmas from a Professional's Point of View As a working professional, you’ve likely experienced firsthand how difficult it can be to manage a career and a dating life. Moreover, you may feel as though you must choose to either focus on your career or your dating life. In reality, you can have both—but there are always dilemmas involved. If you feel stuck somewhere within...

28 Jan

Moving on With Your Life After a Breakup / Divorce With A Narcissist

Trudy Jacobsen | Creative Life Solutions The road to recovery after a breakup is almost always a difficult one to navigate emotionally. Trying to move on from the abusive hold of a narcissist, however, can feel almost impossible. Whether you’ve been in a relationship with a narcissist for a few months or a few years, the emotional damage that is left over from it can be incredibly draining. It may feel...

18 Dec

Parents, What Can You Do If Your Child Has Revealed They’re Suicidal?

Trudy Jacobsen | Creative Life Solutions As a parent, you strive to ensure that your child is healthy in every way. If you see their mental health slipping, it can leave you feeling extremely worried. And if you’re child reveals that they’re suicidal, then you may feel terrified and uncertain about what to do. When your child reveals suicidal thoughts to you, it’s crucial that you act on this immediately. More than...

18 Dec

Making Peace with Yourself When Societal and Cultural Gender Roles Create Pressure

Trudy Jacobsen | Counselling Australia Gender roles are an inevitable part of society, for better or for worse. They’re typically based in stereotypes. For example, a man is supposed to be the breadwinner, whereas the woman is a homemaker and mother. This is one of the most classic examples of gender roles. It can feel like an incredible burden to have a gender role thrust upon you, but you simply don’t agree or want...

29 Oct

Parenting with Understanding: How to Talk to Your Children About Sex

Trudy Jacobsen Parents often dread or fear having conversations about sex with their children. They fear the awkwardness of the conversation but there is nothing awkward about it! It’s a parent’s job to safely and maturely guide their children into adulthood, and one of the biggest factors is learning about sex. If you’re dreading that talk, don’t worry! There are ways to make the conversation easy to approach. Keep in mind that your children...

29 Oct

Food and Depression: Could the Right Diet Improve Your Mood?

Trudy Jacobsen – Depression, Healthy Living If you have or ever had depression, you know that it can affect your relationship with food. However, have you ever considered that the reverse is also true and that your diet might be directly affecting your mood? It makes sense—a bad diet affects your mood negatively, while a good diet affects it positively. But how do we define a “bad” or “good” diet? There...

15 Oct

Turning Possibility and Hope into Positive Life Changes: 4 Steps for Personal Growth

Trudy Jacobsen We’ve all heard the phrase “the possibilities are endless.” As overused as it may be, there is actually a lot of truth to it! Possibility and hope are always there when it comes to changes in our lives. However, actually growing and making those changes is the key. The idea of personal growth can seem overwhelming. Often, we get comfortable in our “old ways,” even if we desire something more. The good news? You don’t have...

08 Oct

How Play Therapy Can Help Your Children Through Divorce

Trudy Jacobsen Divorce can be a particularly difficult time for any family, and a child’s reaction can vary depending on age, personality and circumstances of the separation. The prospect of mum and dad separating is often challenging for children and can elicit feelings of sadness, confusion, anger and sometimes, guilt, shame and responsibility. While it is very normal to grieve the breakup of a family, there are...

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...