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Soul and the Unconscious

Making Changes Mindfully

Looking to makes some changes this year? There are often two approaches needed when making changes.  One – stopping the behaviour we wish to decrease or eliminate, and two – introducing desired behaviours. Often dealing with one action automatically calls upon us to do the other.  For example, when we wish to stop/decrease drinking coffee, […]

Welcoming Winter!

Winter begins this year at 2:23 pm PST, December 21.  With this new season,as well as Christmas, we may as well through in the full moon on December 22, 9:50 am PST.  [Also note, Jan. 20, @ 9:17 pm PST, the full moon will be a ‘super blood wolf moon.”   With these events in mind, I’ve suggested […]

ACE Survey

Adverse Childhood Experience (ACE) Questionnaire Answer ‘Yes’ or  ‘No’ to the following questions. While you were growing up, during your first 18 years of life: Did a parent or other adult in the household often … Swear at you, insult you, put you down, or humiliate you? or Act in a way that made you […]

Depth Psychology

What exactly is Depth Psychology? Depth Psychology deals with unconscious feelings, thoughts and behaviours. It can also be seen as the psychology of the soul. In practice depth psychology seeks to explore the underlying motives behind our behaviours. Although Depth Psychology is usually associated with the founding psychoanalysts Sigmund Freud and C. G. Jung, it is found in the post-modern schools of thought of Gestalt, Archetypal […]

Compassion: For Self and Others

Compassion means being able to recognize suffering and to be supportive of the pain. We can be compassionate for others as well as for self. Thupten Jinpa (the Dalai Lama’s principal English translator and author of the course Compassion Cultivation Training) suggests that compassion is a four-step process: 1. Awareness of suffering. 2. Sympathetic concern […]

The Benefits of EMDR Psychotherapy

Why am I excited to be integrating EMDR into my practice?    EMDR allows the client to access conscious and unconscious memories which are associated with negative cognitions/thoughts (E.g.,  I’m unlovable, I’m stupid, I’m a disappointment) and goes back to the origins of these in order to clear up both the (false) negative message/voice and the unpleasant […]

Making the Next Best Choice

What makes a decision better than others? Look at the intention behind making the decision.  Is it based upon any fear?  It is working from a place of abundance or scarcity (which is usually fear-based)?  Who will benefit from your action? Further, look at what values are beneath the decision.  Is it validating virtues of honesty, loyalty, […]

Valuing Finances = Valuing Self

We talk about physical and emotional health, but what about financial health?  Financial health can be seen as how safe we feel about our level of money.  We do not want to be stressed about money; nor do we want to be in denial of our money situation (in order not to be stressed!).  In fact, physical, emotional […]

Keeping It Simple

Henry David Thoreau said in Walden, “Our life is frittered away by detail. Simplify, simplify, simplify!” How do we begin to simplify our lives? We begin with being aware of what we are doing and why. We ask:  Towards what and to whom am I putting my energy? We then ask:  What drives me to do […]

The Divine Child

At this time of year, many people celebrate Christmas and the birth of the child of God, Jesus. As with any child that appears in dreams or myths, it usually signals the emergence of previously unknown psychic material into consciousness. What is the Christ child trying to bring into our consciousness? Archetypically, the child appears […]

Diane Hancox, MA, CCC provides counselling services to Parksville, Qualicum Beach, Nanaimo and Vancouver Island.