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What Is Sexual Grooming?

What Is Sexual Grooming?

What is grooming, exactly? Grooming is a series of manipulative behaviours that the abuser uses to gain access to a potential victim, coerce them to agree to the abuse, and reduce the risk of being caught, according to the Rape, Abuse & Incest National Network (RAINN). Victims are often children, but vulnerable adults can also […]

Relationship PTSD: What Causes It?

Relationship PTSD: What Causes It?

PTSD is an extreme anxiety disorder caused by experiencing a life-threatening event or situation. It’s characterized by intrusive memories, avoidance of things that could remind a person of the trauma, moodiness, and hyperarousal, Aaron Tendler, MD, chief medical officer of Brainsway, a mental health tech company, tells Health. “These four clusters of symptoms persist over […]

Grief

Grief

May 31, 2018, was the first of a few worst days of my life. It was the day my husband of 14 years received his kidney cancer diagnosis—a diagnosis so serious that within four days he was sent from one emergency room to another, then to MD Anderson Cancer Center in Houston for what was […]

How To Speak To Your Spouse to Strengthen Your Marriage

How To Speak To Your Spouse to Strengthen Your Marriage

Joe, a married father of two, came to me for therapy because he was feeling stressed, and pressure at work was a big factor. He was the sole breadwinner in his family and acknowledged that he tended to be irritable when he got home, even though he admired his wife Carole’s warm and loving nature. […]

Generational Trauma: Let’s Talk About It

Generational Trauma: Let’s Talk About It

Many things get passed down through families, like heirlooms, genetic conditions, and physical characteristics. In some cases, trauma can be inherited, too. Generational trauma (also known as intergenerational trauma or transgenerational trauma) is still a relatively new field of study, meaning researchers have a lot to discover about its impact and how it presents in […]

When ‘Help’ Comes

When ‘Help’ Comes

HTwo young people had set out of a community to build a name for themselves outside of where they grew up. After a few years of searching and waiting for an opportunity to finally get financially stable, an empowerment organization came along. They found that one of these young people had spent the last years […]

What Is ‘Little’ Abuse

What Is ‘Little’ Abuse

I AM A WOMAN WITH AN AMAZING JOB! I AM A WOMAN WITH A GREAT LEVEL OF SELF ESTEEM I AM WOMAN WHO WILL NEVER TOLERATE PHYSICAL ABUSE….. These were just a few statements She used to make at the beginning. Patricia was an established lawyer. 7 years into practising and she was known as […]

Self-Care & Self-Love

Self-Care & Self-Love

Stress is a normal part of the human experience—it’s actually programmed into us; an incredible hold-over from our primal days meant to keep us safe from danger. But now that we’re no longer in direct harm from hunting for our next meal, stress is more likely to be triggered by non-life-threatening experiences, like issues at […]

Adulthood & Pressure

Adulthood & Pressure

In our parents’ generation, it was a good thing and a thing of class to finish secondary school, proceed to the university and finish well. In fact, jobs were always available and enough to go round; education then was the master key. Fast forward to our generation, can we still agree that education is the […]

Friends and ‘frenemies’

Friends and ‘frenemies’

What kind of friends do you keep? What kind of a friend are you to someone else? I’m sure you’re aware that various kinds of friends can either make you or mar you. I just want you to ask yourself these questions and sincerely answer them. There’s a lot of mistakes we all make with […]

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