Does My Child or Teen Need Therapy?
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Does My Child or Teen Need Therapy?

“Does my son need therapy?” “Should I get my daughter counselling?” There are questions we’re asked all the time here at Capital Choice Counselling in Ottawa. The series of events – or the long, gradual decline – that brought you to this place is significant and shouldn’t be diminished in any way. Chances are, if...

How is Sleep (or Lack Thereof) Affecting Your Life?
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How is Sleep (or Lack Thereof) Affecting Your Life?

Do you have trouble sleeping?   Have you found yourself tired and lethargic at school? Unable to focus in class? “Dragging” by the end of the day, or sooner?   If so, you’re not alone. A recent study found that 75% of young adults aren’t getting enough sleep.   You’ve probably heard people (parent and...

Identifying and Treating Social Anxiety Disorder in Ottawa
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Identifying and Treating Social Anxiety Disorder in Ottawa

  What’s the difference between shyness and social anxiety? Though this might sound like the setup for a bad joke, social anxiety disorder is nothing to laugh about. It’s rough out there for anyone who suffers from this insidious, often-overlooked condition, feeling a fear of going out into society and being amongst people on a...

Overcoming Exam Anxiety in Ottawa
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Overcoming Exam Anxiety in Ottawa

With exam time approaching, many students find themselves stressed – more than usual, even. Is it the pressure to do well? Do youth feel a burden placed by society (teachers, parents, et al)? Perhaps its in our competitive nature as human beings? Whatever the reasons, a clear link exists between exams and anxiety. We’ll delve...

Cyberbullying: What is Your Role as a Parent?
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Cyberbullying: What is Your Role as a Parent?

    If you’re a parent, you’ve surely heard the term “cyberbullying.” You may be more familiar with it than you wish, especially if your son or daughter has been a victim of cyberbullying. Or perhaps you’ve heard the phrase but have little more than a vague idea of what it actually refers to. In...

What Yelling Does to A Child (and How to Stop It)
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What Yelling Does to A Child (and How to Stop It)

Yelling. We’ve all been there. At one point or another, our frustration levels peak high on (or off!) the charts. Sometimes it’s a gradual climb to that place. At other times, it’s a rapid spike. Why? After all, at heart, we don’t want to yell. We don’t feel good about yelling, at least not afterward....

Identifying and Treating Teen Depression & Anxiety in Ottawa
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Identifying and Treating Teen Depression & Anxiety in Ottawa

Have you noticed a shift in behaviour of your child or teen? Does he or she seem to be struggling more, appearing to feel either sad and tired, or tense and worried? Or perhaps a combination of all these things? It is possible that they’re dealing with depression and/or anxiety. Then again, it’s also possible...

How to Treat the Back to School Blues
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How to Treat the Back to School Blues

As summer winds down, Back to School time in Ottawa is upon us. Let’s be honest: not many people actually look forward to this time of year. And why should you?! You’ve been enjoying the summer, able to sleep in, not have a schedule imposed on you, and getting to spend quality time with friends....