Recovering from addiction

Alcohol. Drugs. Gambling. Nicotine. Sex. What do these five things have in common? They are all prevalent addictions. Addictions cause us to repeat behaviours that are harmful to us. We crave the object of our addiction and cannot control the impulse to partake in it.

Addiction is a devastating illness. … Continue reading

How to take the heat out of anger

Anger and empathy are two emotions which are in balance with each other. When people get angry, they tend to see the actions of others as intentional, deliberate, selfish, or uncaring. It becomes harder to see things from another’s perspective.

This happens because the purpose of anger is to direct … Continue reading

Self-esteem: What does it really mean?

Self-esteem, self-worth, self-efficacy, self-confidence.…

So many terms can feel confusing and are all too often used in a similar way in day-to-day language. The two important terms that I’ll discuss in this article are both self-esteem and self-confidence.

Self-esteem refers to how we see or rate ourselves internally. Whereas confidence … Continue reading

A view on relationships

Counseling and psychotherapy are relational endeavours. We often come into therapy as the relationship we have with ourselves (intra) and others (inter) are impeded in some way. There may be difficulties with our self-view, self-esteem, self-worth and self-confidence. Which will inhibit the way we relate to both ourselves and others. … Continue reading