Be a Bridge

Over the past 30 some years but more so over the last several weeks I have wondered what is my purpose in the midst of all this racial tension? Do I have a role in the race war that seems to be heating up all around us? What I've realized when I've tossed all the...

How to Discipline an “Angry” Child

I was asked just recently what to do about a child who has begun to act out aggressively when he experiences frustration. Here are my thoughts: First - a child needs to be taught, and reminded, that feeling angry is OK. Anger is an emotion and should not be judged as...

When Anxiety Feels Like It’s Winning

Recently, a client mentioned, "I often find myself fidgeting and engaging in compulsive behaviours like nail-biting when I feel anxious. I'd like to be able to calm myself and keep myself from getting caught up in these habits. What should I do?" After some discussion...

Goodbye Fear: The Breakup Song

Goodbye Fear: The Breakup Song

I cannot get enough of Francesca Battistelli's new song, "The Breakup Song". I love that part of the chorus that says, "I ain't got time for you telling me what I'm not, like you know me... well guess what? I know who I am. I know I'm strong, and I am free - got my...

Anger Solutions for Kids: FLUSH IT!!!

In honour of our first Anger Solutions for Kids group starting this April at my counselling office in Thorold, I thought it might be fun to share one of the exercises we have a blast with in our group. This exercise is part of the process of RELEASING RESIDUAL ANGER,...

Anger Solutions: Pleasure vs. Pain

People are always asking, "What makes Anger Solutions so much more effective than traditional anger management?" This is no simple question - as there are many facets of Anger Solutions that come together to make it an exceptional program. Today I want to share with...

What is the Anger Solutions Program?

The Anger Solutions™ Program was developed out of an expressed need for a comprehensive anger management program that would serve the needs of individuals dealing with a mental illness. Due to contributing factors such as the side effects of medications, varying...

Advice for Bullied Children

Bullying takes shape in a variety of forms: it can be physical (aggression or intimidation), social (relational, social isolation) or verbal (name calling, ridicule, belittling, shaming). Bullying behaviours can be identified in children as young as four years old and...

Anger Solutions: Myth Busters

Do you ever wonder what anger really is and how one can resolve it? Are you tired of hearing the term "anger management" applied to EVERYTHING: "She has anger management issues""He needs anger management""Hockey coach shows his lack of anger management"? Wouldn't you...

Getting Past the Past: Free Yourself

"And ye shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free..." We are all aware of the truths about our pasts as well as our present. It is human nature to avoid the truth, since the truth is usually not what what we want people to see. The first step to...