Understanding the Fawn Response in Trauma and Its Implications for Recovery

Trauma is a complex and deeply impactful experience that can leave lasting imprints on an individual's psyche and behavior. Within the spectrum of trauma responses, the "Fawn Response" is a less commonly discussed but crucial aspect that deserves our attention. This essay explores what the Fawn Response is, how it develops, the purpose it serves, its manifestation in children, and interventions to manage this [...]

By |2023-09-11T13:57:24-04:00September 11th, 2023|Trauma|

Navigating the Adolescent Journey: Building Strong Parent-Teen Connections

As our teens are expanding into the world of dating, driving, music, friends, and of course, all things dreadful such as sex, drugs, and technology, it becomes evident that they are carving their distinct paths and spending less time with their parents. Nurturing a robust parent-teen relationship becomes imperative at this point because dramatic change occurs both in our children and in the way [...]

By |2023-08-18T17:28:46-04:00August 18th, 2023|Parenting & Children|

Parenting: Secure Attachment

Secure attachment is a healthy and positive emotional bond that develops between a child and their primary caregiver. Children who experience this type of bond are more likely to develop a positive self-image, higher self-esteem, and greater resilience. Moreover, these children tend to be more socially competent due to a greater sense of relatedness, and they generally have stronger learning abilities, as they can [...]

By |2023-08-18T17:26:29-04:00August 11th, 2023|Parenting & Children|

Learning How to Love Again in a Healthy Relationship – 6 Key Steps!

Recovering from a toxic or narcissistic relationship and learning how to love again takes time, self-reflection, and work. It is important to learn to trust yourself again and to find a partner willing to grow together with you to build a trusting healthy relationship. Some of these key steps can also apply to family, friends, colleagues, and others in our lives. 1. Understand and [...]

By |2023-08-15T17:18:25-04:00July 24th, 2023|Couples & Relationships, Narcissism & Codependency|

Why are Boundaries Important?

Why are Boundaries Important? How Do I Set Boundaries in My Relationships? Healthy boundaries are essential in every relationship to honour your own needs as well as respect the needs of others. They are essential to help you to protect your well-being, define what you are comfortable with and how you would like to be treated by others. Setting boundaries is a form of [...]

By |2023-08-15T17:12:02-04:00July 21st, 2023|Couples & Relationships|

The 5 stages of Grief During a Separation/Divorce with a Narcissist

Managing Grief after a Narcissistic Relationship Sometimes life does not seem easy, nor fair. However, designing a life of happiness that is healthy and positive for you, (and your children if you are a parent), is always worth the temporary pain and effort. Leaving a toxic relationship and managing the grief after a narcissistic relationship is essential to long-term physical and mental health, emotional [...]

By |2023-08-15T17:27:05-04:00July 12th, 2023|Loss & Grief, Narcissism & Codependency|

Stages and Cycles of a Narcissistic Relationship

With a relationship with a narcissist, often it is easier to look back at the past and see situations with more clarity. After leaving a relationship with a narcissist, victims will often describe feeling like they have been swept through a tornado or hurricane and that they didn’t see the warning signs as they were happening and only realized too late how toxic their [...]

By |2023-08-15T17:25:25-04:00June 23rd, 2023|Couples & Relationships, Narcissism & Codependency|

Understanding Narcissism

There is so much out there, in the online world, on social platforms and in the media to help identify and understand narcissism that it is confusing to decipher what is accurate and what is not. There is also a current trend for self-diagnosing mental health issues. It often seems that someone watches Dr. Phil or listens to a podcast and suddenly becomes a [...]

By |2023-08-15T17:23:58-04:00June 19th, 2023|Couples & Relationships, Narcissism & Codependency|

Can Anxiety Be Caused by Childhood Trauma?

Anxiety is a common human experience. We experience anxiety as a part of our evolutionary danger response, which then trickles into normal events such as big presentations and first dates. However, clinical anxiety, defined as any anxiety that becomes chronic and interferes in daily life, is a disruption of our regular functioning. These persistent and intense worries can develop at any point in life, [...]

By |2023-08-11T12:34:25-04:00April 17th, 2023|Anxiety & Depression, Parenting & Children|

How Do Parents Contribute to Childhood Anxiety?

Our children. We love them and want to give them the best of everything and more. We want our kids to have unshakeable self-worth and self-esteem, confidence in navigating the world, social skills to make the best of friends and networks, healthy bodies to keep them moving, and enough empathy and humor to have a great personality. However, the way we interact with our [...]

By |2023-08-15T17:19:05-04:00April 10th, 2023|Anxiety & Depression, Parenting & Children|
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