How Pets Help Us Heal

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On ‘National Pet Day’ today, as you’re acknowledging those furry family members of yours, consider something amazing—pets can actually help us heal.

It’s not a coincidence your pet makes you feel happier, research actually proves that animals can improve our … Read the rest

Depression is officially the leading health problem in the world

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Today marks World Health Dayan annual awareness campaign started by the World Health Organization (WHO), and this year’s theme is all about depression, and for very good reason. According to new statistics, depression is now the leading cause … Read the rest

What Trauma Victims Can Learn From This Autism Therapy

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April 2 is World Autism Day, and if you didn’t already know, Kim Barthel has had an expansive career that began in occupational therapy and she has worked all over the world with people with Autism.

One of the successful methods … Read the rest

Making a Fresh Start for Spring if You’re Feeling Stuck

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The coming of Spring symbolizes a fresh start, a chance to reflect upon what areas of your life need a refresh or a change. And for those of us who find ourselves feeling a bit ‘stuck’, this time of … Read the rest

Empathy vs. Sympathy

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When someone is going through suffering, or trauma of any kind, we have a reaction to what they are going through. Our reaction externally, can have a big effect on how that person responds to us or how this will … Read the rest

What it means to ‘sit with your shit’

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Painful emotions, are painful. Bottom line. As humans, we naturally do everything we can to get rid of painful feelings. This can sometimes mean negative and harmful things for us like repressing our emotions, reacting too fast or too irrationally, isolation … Read the rest

Your Brain on Kindness

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Today is ‘Random Acts of Kindness Day’, and showing kindness makes the recipients of those gestures feel good, but have you ever wondered why kindness makes you feel good too? It doesn’t make you selfish if showing kindness makes … Read the rest

Upcoming Events: Where to Catch Kim and Theo Next

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If you are eagerly awaiting your next opportunity to hear Kim Barthel and Theo Fleury speak, here’s a list of upcoming events where you can catch them solo or together:

Kim Barthel:

  • Sidney, BC: Trauma-Informed Practice, South Island Education
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How to use ‘Conversations with a Rattlesnake’ as a professional tool

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Since the release of ‘Conversations with a Rattlesnake’, we’ve been blessed to receive many testimonials from mental health professionals, social workers, teachers and many others, who have found a way to incorporate the book into their work. In addition to … Read the rest

The Importance of Recognizing How Far We’ve Come

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It’s a new year, and many of us are filled with that motivational pull to make big changes. But change can be a scary thing. Even if we are unhappy or unsure of something in our lives, we may still feel … Read the rest