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5 Ways to Wrap Up Conflict for the Holidays

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Do holiday family gatherings cause you stress and anxiety? You are not alone. What happens when we suddenly have all this compressed family time? For many families, it’s conflict. The gentle teasing goes a little too far. Old hurts, compounded by time and other issues that were never really resolved, are brought screaming to the […]

May 4, 2017

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Separation: Do it Better than “The Simpsons”

Whether you watch The Simpsons regularly or, like me you have missed a few, it’s easy to jump back into it and when I heard that Season 27 started off with Marge and Homer in a “trial separation,” I set my PVR. Spoiler alert! Homer falls asleep during couples’ counselling with Marge and dreams that […]

May 4, 2017

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Do you need a Safety Plan?

Separation can be a dangerous time for targets of intimate partner violence. Here is a list of the most common predictors of family violence (in order) [1]: •         history of domestic violence •         actual or pending separation •         the perpetrator was depressed •         obsessive behaviour by the perpetrator •         suicide threats or attempts by perpetrator •         victim […]

April 2, 2017

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