Counselling, Psychotherapy, and Therapy: Different Terms, Same Practice?

By Laura Cohen / April 9, 2024

Have you ever been confused by the terms counselling, psychotherapy, and therapy? As a Master’s-level therapist (Registered Counselling Therapist) who provides personal and career counselling, I am licensed with the NSCCT. Sometimes clients wonder what they bill under with insurance companies: is it psychotherapy, clinical counselling, counselling therapy or therapy?! Despite these regional differences and…

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Master Career Stress with Polyvagal Wisdom

By Laura Cohen / March 19, 2024

Ever felt your heart race during a big presentation or your stomach churn before a meeting? That’s your body’s autonomic nervous system, always on the lookout for threats. Polyvagal Theory, a concept by Stephen Porges, dives into this, explaining how we react to stress and danger. It’s like having an internal radar, picking up on…

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Navigate Job Transitions with Grace: Tips for Closure and Moving Forward

By Laura Cohen / January 2, 2024

Navigating the end of a job is like untangling a complex knot—it can be disorienting and emotional. Work is more than just a paycheck; it’s intertwined with our identity and self-esteem. Whether leaving due to a toxic environment or bidding farewell to a beloved workplace, it’s natural to feel a sense of loss. Reflecting on…

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5 Personality Traits that Contribute to Burnout

By Laura Cohen / December 6, 2023

Burnout is the #1 reason employees go on short-term disability. A lot of my clients who experience chronic burnout carry certain personality traits that contribute to poor mental health. Usually there are other factors at play that contribute to burnout including work-related circumstances (ie. lack of support, unclear job expectations) and lifestyle (ie. lack of…

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Unravelling 3 Common Happiness Misconceptions

By Laura Cohen / December 5, 2023

Embracing Life’s Emotional Flux Exploring happiness can be tricky when tethered to common myths around what “happiness” should look like. Here are three widespread misconceptions that frequently limit the perspectives of my clients. 1. Natural State FallacyMany believe that happiness is our default state. In reality, our emotional landscape mirrors the ever-changing weather. Emotions, much…

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Discovering Your Path

By Laura Cohen / December 1, 2023

Ever ask yourself those big life questions? Like, what should I do with my life? If you feel like you’re on a quest to find your life’s purpose, here’s the scoop: it’s not always a clear calling, more like a wild adventure. Joseph Campbell, the brains behind “The Hero’s Journey,” gets it. He says your…

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The Role of a Career Quiz: A Therapist Perspective

By Laura Cohen / November 19, 2023

The Danger of Solely Relying on Career Assessments Embarking on the journey of choosing a career is undoubtedly a significant undertaking. In this digital age, career choice quizzes have become a popular tool, promising to illuminate the ideal career path based on one’s personality and interests. However, it’s crucial to recognize that relying solely on…

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Unlocking Your True Calling: A Guided Journey of Intuitive Career Exploration

By Laura Cohen / November 5, 2023

Intuitive Career Exploration Are you looking to figure out your next step? Feeling dissatisfied in your current career? Let’s streamline your quest for meaningful work using a lens that blends mindfulness and intuition. Here are five essential steps to decode the enigma of your true calling. Step 1: Mindful Contemplation Create a serene space for…

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How Nature Promotes Nonviolent Communication

By Laura Cohen / August 12, 2023

When approaching a difficult conversation with a family member, partner or boss, Nonviolent Communication (NVC) is a tool to help you step outside your comfort zone and go to the next level to enrich your relationships. But these situations can also be stressful (and sometimes risky) so you need to also take care of yourself…

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Why Rituals Are Important for your Mental Health

By Laura Cohen / February 3, 2023

Rituals are an important part of life regardless of one’s beliefs. Psychology research has shown that we need rituals to regulate emotions and foster social connections. Whether it’s moving into a new home, losing a friend or welcoming the winter solstice, we feel good when we can externalise the shift that we are grappling with…

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