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The Power of Mindfulness

I have been working with mindfulness and somatic approaches for a while. In sessions I explain the concepts as well as provide experiential exercises.  Yet I often have felt like I needed an easier way to help clients remember the concepts. So I came up with my own acronym: POWER. Probably many of us want […]

Four Reasons why Premarital Counselling is Critical to your Relationship

Every single engaged couple should participate in premarital counselling. “But Melissa”, you may ask, “we are just starting out in our relationship and we don’t have any problems. Why should we be in counselling already?” Premarital counselling is essential preventative work for every couple to lay a strong foundation for a lifetime together. Even if […]

Invest in Yourself 

In last fall’s newsletter I wrote about following our own map and how important it is to believe we are of value, believe we have a purpose and know where we are going. Living our lives with conscious intention can assist us to feel more satisfied and fulfilled: we know we have choices and we […]

Do you have a Map?

I don’t mean just any map. I mean YOUR map. I believe we are all inherently worthwhile and that we all have a purpose. The times I have felt the most confused and anxious are the times I have felt disconnected from my purpose or direction. Feeling connected with our life purpose can be an […]

The Little Things

While there were certainly many legitimate opportunities for grumbling during the long and punishing winter – mainly while shovelling – I also know that the challenges of the season encouraged me to further develop my appreciation of the little things. Like the first cup of tea I had after having no power for 24 hrs […]

How’s Your Inner Cheerleader?

Most of us would be appalled if someone we knew were rude or abusive to us.  However, as we go about our day-to day lives, there is often a negative, sometimes even abusive, dialogue unfolding in our heads.  This experience is commonly described as the voice of our inner critic or judge. Most of us have one.  Moreover, many of us are […]

Great Expectations

Strong and healthy relationships have room for people to voice their expectations. However, asking for what we want or need from the important people in our life is not easy for everyone.  Instead of being encouraged to listen to and trust the messages from our bodies as we grew up, perhaps we were trained to […]

Coping with Transitions

Life involves transitions: leaving home, graduating school, having children, changing careers, retirement, etc. Some we actively pursue and others surprise us. When we want to make a change we may not always be completely clear about what we want and how to get started. Life Coaching is an excellent support at these times. Life Coaching […]

The Importance of Hope

Having hope is important. Hope allows us to believe that things will change, that what we might be enduring will not last forever. Many of us live our lives without needing to consider whether we have hope or not. We often use the word hope casually in our conversations: “I hope to see you soon”, […]

Simple tips for maintaining optimum health

Sleep. Good quality sleep is the time when your body regenerates itself, healing damaged cells and giving your organs a much needed rest. Diet. Increase raw fruit and veggies. Avoid processed food, refined carbs, greasy foods, and remember sugary foods lower your immunity dramatically. Water. Fill up a litre bottle twice per day and make […]


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