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Nervous About Being the Centre of Attention? Some Alternatives and Help

I am often told by couples that they feel very anxious about standing up in front of others for their wedding ceremony. I have had some couples forego personal vows (or elope) because having to state something so personal is … Continue reading

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Anxious while Planning your Wedding? Or is the Planning Exacerbating your Anxiety?

Some good tips here for the anxious bride while planning a wedding.  How about starting with managing (your own) expectations… As a Humanist Officiant and a Counsellor / Psychotherapist, I can help.  

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Therapy Dogs and Help For Those Who Are Grieving

I have always believed — based on both personal and professional experience — in the role animals can play in providing comfort to people who are upset or grieving.  We know this from the popularity of therapy dogs, equine therapy, … Continue reading

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Getting Married this Summer? Just a Few Reasons Why Summer Weddings Work

Summer and fall are some of my busiest months in terms of people getting married.  People love the weather in the summer (please excuse the torrential rains which have made outdoor weddings more precarious this spring-summer so far) and the … Continue reading

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Wedding Anxiety? Can a Pop-Up Wedding Help?

Many couples say they experience serious anxiety when planning a wedding. But what if there was no planning? Have a look at this Canadian pop up wedding service. As a therapist who counsels couples before and after their wedding day … Continue reading

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Couples Therapy — Before there are problems

I have long written about the benefits of couples therapy before marriage — ostensibly when couples are feeling great about each other. As a mental wellness counsellor, I now offer marriage prep or pre-marriage counselling for couples who are not … Continue reading

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More Couples Signing Prenuptial Agreements

According to this article, more millennials are signing prenups before getting married pre-nuptial agreements. While I have heard couples avoid the topic of pre-nups due to the fact that they feel unromantic — particularly if you are planning a wedding … Continue reading

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Mindfulness for your Wedding Day

There is increasing research around the use and benefits of Mindfulness in couples therapy and in marriage more broadly. Consider this article by Gottman trained therapist Tori Parker. While Mindfulness is not just about meditation, meditation can help couples connect … Continue reading

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Talking Before Walking Down the Aisle: The Benefits of Pre-Marital Counselling

While it has rarely happened in my work as a Humanist Officiant, according to US research, approximately 15 percent of couples do break off their engagements, even if they are close to their wedding dates. One couple I knew who … Continue reading

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Humanist Weddings: No Negotiating Gender Equality

A fellow Marriage Officiant recently shared a story with me about a couple who called off the wedding with just over a month to the big day. In this case, the bride had confessed that she had become unhappy because, … Continue reading

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