No More News?

When I am anxious, or troubled, one of the worst things I can do is to watch the news.  Or read a news site.  I have gone through periods when I felt I had to check the news regularly to make sure nothing horrible was happening. And I have had periods of time when avoiding…

Before You Leave the Island

Suppose that you find yourself on a desert Island. It’s pretty good there at first. There’s sun and surf and no-one to bother you. It’s a little cold and creepy at night, but you soon get used to it, and build yourself a shelter. And it’s all okay. Until it’s not quite as okay anymore.…

What can a park for rats teach us?

When I studied addiction in grad school, I was introduced to the work of Bruce Alexander, and it completely changed my understanding of the causes and treatment of this very common problem. I read his excellent book “The Globalization of Addiction”, which is a long, but fascinating look at the problem. Alexander describes the Western…

Just Winging It?

I recently read a very interesting post by Oliver Burkeman in the Guardian called “Everyone is Just Totally Winging It“, which tells one of the basic truths of life. We are all just doing our best. Pretty much no-one actually feels like a fully competent adult who is confident all the time that they are…

New Year, New Options

I’m happy to say that Creative Solutions can now accept credit cards for payment (VISA, Mastercard, etc). This is great news because it makes distance counselling much more possible. In the new year, I will be able to work with you wherever you are via Skype. There will be some policies and processes to protect…

Holiday Cheer?

This morning I jokingly suggested that I should offer a half-price Holiday special. Unload your Holiday stress for only $50. I could offer one session of complaining about your in-laws, or figuring out how to deal with having the whole family in one house. I must admit that I chuckled a little at the idea.…

Focussing on Solutions

I know, it seems like half the businesses that started in the last 10 years include the word “Solutions” in their name. But I didn’t choose Creative Solutions to be trendy. I chose it for two very good reasons. 1. It reflects who I am and what I have to offer. I am an out-of-the-box…