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5 Steps to Healing from Codependency

What is codependency? Historically, someone who struggled with codependency was caretaking a loved one with severe illness and/or Addiction. They focus all time, energy, and resources on that loved one and leave little to no energy for themselves. Today, this understanding of codependency can be expanded to anyone who struggles with a dependence or over-reliance …

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Boundaries During the Holidays by Paige Abbott, Registered Psychologist

People can be so diligent about their boundary and intention setting during the year, yet a lot of that work seems to take a back seat during the holiday season. Boundaries are replaced by the automatic patterns of people-pleasing, image management, appeasement, obligation, expectation, and shoulds. (As a quick tip, none of the latter are …

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Boundaries: An inside job by Paige Abbott, Registered Psychologist

I hear clients often happily declaring that they have ‘set their boundary’ by telling somebody else what they need. For example, telling a friend to be on time because it’s upsetting when they’re late; telling a spouse not to yell when they’re angry; or telling a parent that their house is too triggering so they …

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