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

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

Therapists and Compassion Fatigue

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February is Psychology Month, a celebration of the profession and the opportunity to highlight how these professionals work to help people live healthy, happy lives. But what is psychology? It’s a broad field, rooted in science that seeks to help … Read the rest

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

How to Reduce PTSD and Trauma Stress at the Holidays

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After trauma, other people (and ourselves) may sometimes have unrealistic expectations of how long that trauma will continue to resurface. With additional social invitations and an influx of people around, the holidays can be particularly difficult for those of us … Read the rest

Why shame has no place in healing

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Shame and guilt are painful feelings that surround the minds of many people who have experienced trauma, and it can have a seemingly tight grip on our lives and our healing.

But shame and guilt are profoundly different, and understanding … Read the rest

Upcoming events: Where to catch Kim and Theo over the next while

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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: 

  • Nelson, BC: Supporting parents, supporting kids.
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CWAR Chat Highlights: Learning to Cope with PTSD

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In case you missed it, yesterday we hosted an amazing discussion and Twitter chat, where Kim Barthel and Theo Fleury joined people across the globe in a conversation about learning to cope with PTSD.

If you happened to miss out this time, … Read the rest