O'Connor Counselling Blog


When Your Mind Becomes a Mine Field: Mental Illness During Pregnancy and Postpartum

 For some of us, pregnancy and postpartum will be a joyful and virtually seamless transition in their lives. For others, the tentacles of depression and anxiety will slowly wrap themselves around us, squeezing the happiness out of small moments and major milestones along the way.  For approximately 10-20% moms, or 1 in 10 dads, our […]

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Why You Need To Forget About Achieving Balance

When we talk about holistic wellness, there tends to be a great deal of emphasis on achieving balance. But in pursuing balance, we mistakenly dissect life into neat and tidy portions, trying to allocate time, energy, and money to each portion in accordance with the scales of equality. Balance is an admirable goal but when […]

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Cloudy With a Chance of Cutlery – For the New Parent

After the birth of our first child, my husband took paternity leave to be home and enjoy fatherhood for the first time. One of our rituals during these early weeks was to enjoy coffee together in the mornings. He would go out and pick up the coffees, while I would get up with our son […]

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Postpartum Couples – Finding Each Other in the ‘New Normal’

If you’ve had a baby within the past year, chances are your life looks a little different that it did before. Having a child is a wonderful blessing and many of us eagerly anticipate the arrival of our little one.  But for many mothers and fathers, the realities of having a new baby are very […]

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Winter Solstice Message 2016

Today, the winter solstice is upon us, bringing with it the fewest hours of sunlight. We find ourselves once again waking up to the cold and windy days of this new season. The word solstice is derived from latin words meaning “sun” and “to stand still”. But in reality, the sun never truly stands still, […]

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