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Emotion Coaching
Written by Shannon
Thursday, 23 October 2014 23:02
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In my work I sometimes encounter people who have trouble identifying their emotions, have learned their emotions are bad or dangerous or signs of weakness. They may seldom have had their emotions validated or acknowledged by loved ones. Emotions are simply information from the body that "something is going on" that we should pay attention to. Emotions often motivate action and are very important for our survival - think of the emotion of fear, and how it is related to fight, flight or freeze. The 'problem' with emotions often lies in how we express them, or act them out. It is often the behaviour that causes problems for people, rather than the emotion itself. Emotion coaching is a big part of raising happy, resilient, and well-adjusted children. Here is an article with 3 easy steps for emotion coaching, it's never too late:

Written by Shannon
Tuesday, 07 October 2014 16:41
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Change is about 'doing' things differently. Change is a process, not an event, it happens over time. When it comes to making change, the easiest place to start is often with our behaviours - doing something different. Do you consider yourself to be a creature of habit? Have you had success in changing habits in the past? The easiest way to replace an old habit is to replace it with a new habit. When we think about our challenges as aspects of our 'personality', this can contribute to a sense of hopelessness. Thinking about challenges as 'habits' that can be changed contributes to a sense of hope and possibility. Are there any 'habits' you are thinking of changing? Is there one thing you can do differently today, to start that process of change? "The journey of a 1000 miles begins with a single step".

How Do Clients Succeed in Therapy
Written by Shannon
Friday, 04 October 2013 00:00
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From "Heartwounds" by Dr. Tian Dayton: how can counselling help ?

"Clients who succeed in therapy exhibit or acquire certain qualities:

(1) they are able to self-reflect - that is, they look at their own thinking, feeling, and behaviour and have enough emotional distance from their self-identification so that they see themselves realistically.

(2) They take their own good advice and live by it rather than spending valuable time and energy digging trenches, then sitting in and defending them.

Six Components of Addiction
Written by Shannon
Monday, 23 September 2013 23:36
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A lot of us understand how people become addicted to substances/chemicals, like nicotine, alcohol, prescription and illegal drugs. A common question I'm asked: are non-substance addictions like gambling really addictions at all? My response: behavioural addictions can be just as serious as substance addictions. Dr. Mark Griffiths is a professor in the UK who studies problem gambling, as well as other compulsive behaviours. I've had the pleasure of listening to his presentations at conferences and regularly check out his blog. Here's what he thinks:

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