About this blog

This blog describes why and how Logosynthesis is being used to support healing and healthier living. Logosynthesis is a psychotherapeutic and coaching model, that is also used in self-coaching. It uses the power of words to identify and resolve distressing mental imagery, thereby offering immediate and lasting relief. You can learn how it is being used to heal traumatic memories, limiting beliefs and fearful fantasies. When used routinely, you will reduce stress, feel better and unlock potential in work and life. In a word, calm.

Logosynthesis is being used to support people with a wide variety of life issues, such as trauma, PTSD, anxiety, ADHD, overwhelm, burnout, depression, relationship issues, parenting challenges, workplace stress and other blocks in their everyday life.

This blog offers real life examples so that you can use Logosynthesis for a wide variety of issues. Enjoy!

Applications for Logosynthesis

  1. Relieving Stress and Anxiety
  2. Healing Trauma and Post Traumatic Stress
  3. Resolving Phobias
  4. Building Self-Esteem and Confidence
  5. Overcoming Limiting Beliefs
  6. Resolving Anger and Frustration
  7. Healing Grief and Loss
  8. Enhancing Performance
  9. Resolving Conflict and Relationship Issues
  10. Achieving Goals
  11. Relieving Pain and Chronic Pain
  12. Relieving Mental Health Issues and Depression
  13. Guiding Personal and Spiritual Growth

In the above situations, symptoms can have a wide range of intensity but the technique used is the same. When working with Logosynthesis, the issue may fall away without even noticing what shifted. Other times, you may experience more intense physical and emotional shifts as the issues resolve. The model can also be learned for self-coaching to resolve everyday issues that keep you stuck. For deeper and more complex issues, it is especially important to work with a trained professional to guide you, working one layer at a time for meaningful shifts.

How to change core beliefs using Logosynthesis.

Understanding Core Beliefs Core beliefs are deeply held assumptions or conclusions that you have acquired about yourself, others, and the world around you. These beliefs shape your thoughts, emotions, and behaviors. Often, negative or limiting core beliefs can lead to stress, anxiety, and other mental health challenges. What is Logosynthesis? Logosynthesis is a psychotherapeutic and coaching model designed to guide individuals to reduce stress and unlock potential. By identifying and resolving distressing mental imagery, there is an increased sense of … Read More

How to Stop Overreacting Using Logosynthesis.

It is common to struggle to stop overreacting in certain situations. Automatic reactions are a normal human response, whether it’s snapping at a loved one or feeling overwhelmed by a mistake at work. At times, the situation doesn’t warrant the intensity of the response. You may be left struggling to understand what just happened. You may even create excuses for your behaviour. These disproportionate responses can strain relationships and create unnecessary stress. One powerful coaching model to address this issue … Read More

How to support your running routines using Logosynthesis.

Running, whether for fitness, competition, or leisure, offers a multitude of benefits, from cardiovascular health to mental clarity. However, like any physical activity, it requires that you establish routines to realize the benefits. There are many blocks that can get in the way of establish and maintain routines. “I don’t have time.” “My knee is sore.” “I’ll go tomorrow.” At times, physical limitations can get in the way. Yet it can be challenging to recognize what is a physical limitation … Read More

Empower yourself for healthy living!

You can empower yourself for healthy living! Living a healthy lifestyle goes beyond exercising, eating healthy foods and getting enough sleep. It even goes beyond engaging in meditation and yoga. New research is highlighting the role of mental imagery in emotions and old memories and limiting beliefs can keep you stuck in stressful patterns … often without even recognizing the impact. AndI in today’s fast-paced world that is loaded with stressed out people, social messaging and sensory stimulation, this mental … Read More

Resolve stressors using Logosynthesis.

What is a stressor? A stressor is defined as “a stimulus that causes stress”. (Merriam Webster) We often think of this stimulus as something external, such as a demanding job, an annoying boss, or our finances. These ‘stressors’ may occur routinely in our lives, creating stressful patterns that lead to anxiety, burnout and mental health issues. These stressors can also lead to reactive behaviour patterns that get in the way of our goals, often without even recognizing the impact. And … Read More

How to stop feeling anxious about work.

Feeling anxious about work is normal. Feeling anxious about work is normal. The nature of work requires that we do tasks and work with people which may trigger stress responses. However the intensity and the frequency of this distress can really vary between individuals and depend on the specific situation. It can be easy to group everything in one big bucket called ‘anxiety’ but it is important to learn to recognize and navigate the stress triggers. And there is an … Read More

Why am I so stressed?

It is common to ask “Why am I so stressed?” Feeling stressed has become a common experience in today’s fast-paced and rapidly changing world. As humans, our bodies and minds react to change. Many of us find ourselves struggling with thoughts, emotions and physical sensations that do not feel comfortable. Asking ourselves “Why am I so stressed?” can lead us to think that there is something wrong with us. Actually, your body and mind may be reacting the way it … Read More

Positive Visualization and Logosynthesis

The energy of mental imagery. Recent research into the role of mental imagery and emotions enhances our understanding of our human experience. Many of us have heard of the power of positive visualizations to aid in rehearsing and achieving outcomes. But we are probably not as familiar with recent medical research into the association of intrusive mental imagery with mental disorders[1]. The conclusions of many of these studies indicate that we need new treatments to resolve intrusive mental imagery. At … Read More

Resolving conflict of beliefs using Logosynthesis: A path to harmony

Conflict of beliefs are inevitable in a world filled with different diverse perspectives and experiences. Whether it’s in personal relationships, workplaces, or communities, navigating through differing beliefs can be challenging. However, acknowledging differences and owning your own reactions as an opportunity for personal growth and stronger collaborative outcomes. Understanding and applying effective conflict resolution techniques can lead to remaining open to more innovative and sustainable solutions for all involved. Logosynthesis is a comprehensive model for healing and personal growth. The … Read More

How to overcome fear of public speaking using Logosynthesis

Fear of public speaking is normal. Let’s face it … almost everyone has a story about what they do to cope with the discomfort and fear of public speaking. Tough it out! Visualize! Exercise! Yet in the moment of delivering an important presentation … of having the opportunity to use our voice for maximum impact … automatic reactions hijack our best efforts. Profuse sweating. Flush faces. Quivering voices. Racing heartbeats. We may learn to live with it but we may … Read More

Preventing and resolving harassment in the workplace.

The challenge of demanding professions: Harassment in the workplace is a common issue because it is a result of reactive behaviour patterns. Thriving in demanding professions often requires professionals to navigate high-stress environments with poise and resilience. However, the intense pressures of these jobs can sometimes lead to reactive behaviors that, if unmanaged, may inadvertently contribute to a toxic workplace culture and even result in job loss. This article delves into the importance of self-awareness, maintaining professional boundaries, effective communication, … Read More

How to deal with distressing news stories using Logosynthesis

News stories can create distressing memories. Stories are powerful. They offer details to help you think about and understand the situation and the people. They also create powerful mental imagery that activates your feelings and emotions. In the news, these stories are often delivered with very graphic details to catch and hold your attention. When you create vivid mental imagery as a result of the story, it can create a lasting, emotional impact. Some of these stories make you feel … Read More

How to deal with relationship anxiety using Logosynthesis.

Relationships can be a source of anxiety and stress. Relationships can be beautiful and fulfilling aspects of our lives, but they can also be a source of anxiety and stress. Relationship anxiety, often characterized by insecurity, fear of rejection, or constant worrying about the future of your partnership, can take a toll on your mental and emotional well-being. Strategies to support your well-being include: self-awareness; open communication; self-care practices; healthy boundaries and professional help.  Logosynthesis is a coaching and therapy … Read More

How to relieve fear of bedtime monsters using Logosynthesis

Bedtime monsters can add stress to the end of your day. Bedtime can often transform from a tranquil routine to a battleground of fears for both parents and their little ones. As children’s imaginations run wild, bedtime monsters and shadows on the wall can take on a life of their own, causing unnecessary anxiety and sleepless nights. One effective approach to conquer these fears and create a serene bedtime environment is to use Logosynthesis. In this blog post, we’ll explore … Read More

Calming stress & anxiety from wildfires using Logosynthesis

Wildfires can be devastating. As the world grapples with the escalating effects of climate change, wildfires have become a distressing reality for many. The devastation caused by these infernos goes beyond physical damage, affecting mental health and especially emotional well-being. Coping with the stress and anxiety brought on by wildfires is a challenge, but one effective approach to finding relief is through Logosynthesis. In this blog post, I will share information on Logosynthesis so that you can use it right … Read More

How to reduce stress while driving using Logosynthesis.

Driving can feel stressful. Summer road trips and drives to the cottage can lead to fun times but they can also be a source stress en route. Heavy traffic, construction and casual drivers can be a source of anxiety and tension.  However, it can also be a significant source of stress for many people. Rushing to get to your destination or to get home after a relaxing weekend can cancel the lower stress levels of your holidays. However, if you … Read More

How to relieve workplace stress using Logosynthesis

Workplace stress is normal. Workplaces bring together a wide variety of people for a common goal. They operate in a changing and uncertain world. This contrast is not always comfortable. People will do things differently from you. Priorities of others will not be the same as yours. Goals and targets may require you to stretch beyond a comfort zone. This contrast can spark growth and accomplishment. Yet all of these situations will trigger an automatic stress response for you. Over … Read More

Should I quit my job? A Logosynthesis approach.

Introduction: Choosing whether or not to quit your job is a significant decision that can impact various aspects of your life. It’s crucial to approach this decision with a clear mind and a deep understanding of what truly bothers you about your current job. It is common for people to get stuck in reactive patterns of behaviours that get in the way of making the best decision possible. Before taking any drastic steps, it’s wise to explore potential resolutions and … Read More

Comparing CBT and Logosynthesis: A client’s perspective

“ It’s not just our heads. Our body is connected to our head. We are a whole person: mind, body and spirit. “   Cognitive Behaviour Therapy (CBT) and Logosynthesis are used to support healing and personal growth. Comparing CBT and Logosynthesis offers the opportunity to identify the benefits of a new therapeutic and coaching model. When it comes to addressing mental health challenges, there are many therapeutic and coaching approaches available. It can be difficult to choose the ‘best’ approach for … Read More

How to create work-life balance using Logosynthesis

Shifting your energy to create work-life balance: We often work hard to achieve work-life balance – both a fulfilling personal life and a meaningful career. As we strive to be successful in all areas of life, we often encounter challenges that get in the way of ‘balance’. Logosynthesis, a transformative coaching model developed by Dr. Willem Lammers, offers a unique perspective and precise technique to address these challenges. By shifting limiting beliefs and memories, Logosynthesis can help professionals find inner … Read More

An integrative approach to relieve food intolerances: Logosynthesis

Food intolerances can be a distressing experience for many people. Symptoms of food intolerance can range from mild discomfort to severe digestive issues, skin problems, headaches, and more. Noticing patterns and documenting details of symptoms can be very helpful to diagnose any underlying health concerns. At times, food intolerances cannot be traced to any medical conditions. There are integrative approaches that can help alleviate symptoms and improve overall health. Here are some approaches to aid relief: 1.Special Diets: Properties of … Read More

Logosynthesis podcast for therapists and coaches.

An introduction to ‘Why Logosynthesis Works’ Podcast. This podcast for therapists and coaches highlights how Logosynthesis supports healing, healthy living & personal growth! Each episode offers insights from a certified Practitioner or Master Practitioner in Logosynthesis. They relate the model to their speciality of work.  Be sure to listen if you’re looking for a transformative model to support your clients’ healing and personal growth. Cathy Caswell is a Master Practitioner and Instructor in Logosynthesis. She hosts this podcast to share … Read More

How to overcome workplace dread.

Many people struggle with workplace dread – feelings of dread or anxiety about going to work. It can be caused by a variety of factors, such as a toxic work environment, a difficult boss, or simply feeling overwhelmed by your workload. If you are experiencing this type of dread on a regular basis, it’s important to take action to address the issue before it takes a toll on your mental health and overall well-being.  You don’t need to stay stuck … Read More

How to relieve stress using mental imagery with Logosynthesis

Mental imagery influences how you feel. Many people recognize the connection between visualizing pleasant mental images and relaxation. Research is also showing an important connection between intrusive mental imagery and distressing emotions: “Involuntary images and visual memories are prominent in many types of mental health issues. Patients with post traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), other anxiety disorders, depression, eating disorders, and psychosis frequently report repeated visual intrusions corresponding to a small number of real or imaginary events, usually extremely vivid, detailed, … Read More

How emotions are triggered by mental imagery & how to shift them.

What triggers our emotions? Our emotions play a powerful role in how we experience the world around us. They can motivate us, inspire us, and bring us joy, but they can also hold us back and cause us pain. Understanding how our emotions are triggered and learning to manage them is an essential part of personal growth and well-being. One way that our emotions are triggered is through mental imagery. When we imagine a situation or experience in our minds, … Read More

Eliminating the “Shoulds”: How to Live a More Authentic Life

Have you ever felt like you should be doing something, even though you don’t really want to? Maybe you feel like you should exercise more, or you should spend more time with your family, or you should be able to do work faster. These “shoulds” can be overwhelming and can lead to a sense of guilt or failure when you don’t live up to them. They can also affect your physical and mental health. In this post, we’ll explore why … Read More

How to have better conversations.

Conversations can be stressful. Conversations can be especially difficult when it’s an important topic and each person has a firm position on the outcome they desire. Often, the conversation gets muddled with reactive behaviours, leading to a poor result. Logosynthesis offers a solution to better conversations. By guiding you to recognize what bothers you before you have the conversation, you are able to resolve the underlying triggers to stressful reactions. You are better able to approach the conversation from a … Read More

Watch Recordings from Logosynthesis Day 2023

Watch recordings from Logosynthesis Day 2023 This free, online conference held on January 11, 2023. The conference offered a wonderful opportunity so that we could come together to celebrate the anniversary of the model. It also offered education about how this model is being used in therapy, coaching and self-coaching. We are excited to offer the recordings of each session so that you can view any that you may have missed and/or watch presentations again. Please share the videos with … Read More

Unlock your potential in 2023.

It is common to think that you need to ‘change’ yourself or your situation to achieve your potential. But what if you already possess your full potential? What if your work is to simply shift the memories and beliefs that get in the way of realizing this potential?  Rather than expending energy to change yourself and others, you simply notice and shift the triggers to your stress response. The result is that more of your energy is available to act … Read More

How mental imagery triggers symptoms … and how to shift them.

Mental imagery is normal. As humans, we automatically create mental images in response life’s experiences. Some are pleasant. Some are not! And for the most part, they stay with us unchanged over time. We often hear of people reliving an accident or cherishing the memory of a loved one. Mental imagery triggers symptoms. What’s important is that it is not just the image that stays with you. When the mental imagery is activated, all the sensations associated with the original … Read More

How do I not let things bother me?

Start with what bothers you. We all experience things that bother us in everyday life. It’s a normal human response. An annoying boss. A coworker who doesn’t do their share of the work. Too many demands on your time. Worry about your children. Financial concerns. The list goes on…. Over time, how you react to these everyday situations take a toll on your health, your work and your relationships. It is common to think that if something bothers you, you … Read More

Finding Wisdom in the Serenity Prayer

Tapping into Wisdom with the Serenity Prayer If you are looking for peace and calm in these very turbulent times, the Serenity Prayer offers valuable guidance: “God, grant me the serenity to accept the things I cannot change, courage to change the things I can, and the wisdom to know the difference.” What do you accept? What do you change? How do you know the difference? I’ve known this prayer since my childhood. I prayed for acceptance, courage and wisdom. … Read More

The Effectiveness of Logosynthesis: New Methods in Integrative Psychotherapy

Integrative psychotherapy supports healing Integrative psychotherapy is helpful in treating a number of different mental health and psychological issues. Research offers valuable insights into the effectiveness of available methods while looking to improve health outcomes. On September 8, 2022, Dr. med Suzanne von Blumenthal offered a poster presentation on the pilot efficacy study on the effectiveness of Logosynthesis at the Congress of the Swiss Society of Psychiatry and Psychotherapy. Logosynthesis was offered as a treatment modality for patients with depression … Read More

Creating hope through action.

World Suicide Prevention Day encourages you to be the light. Creating hope through action encourages you to gain confidence so that you can become a beacon of light to those in pain: “You can be the light.” (IASP, 2022) Suicide is not a comfortable topic, especially when someone close to you is struggling. It can trigger feelings of worry, fear and anxiety. The topic can trigger strong physical sensations and distressing thoughts. It can be difficult to know what to say … Read More

How to resolve work-related stress headaches.

Many people struggle to resolve stress headaches related to their work. Often times, stress headaches are accepted as an inevitable part of work without understanding the role of the underlying triggers. You can identify and resolve your stress triggers using Logosynthesis. Not only does Logosynthesis help to reduce stress, but it also helps to feel more energy to unlock your potential. Sylvie’s story Sylvie contacted me because she was struggling at work.  “I’m having a hard time at work again. … Read More

What is a ‘stressor’ and how to eliminate it?

Mental imagery acts as a stressor. Stressors trigger our stress responses. Recent medical research is highlighting the role of mental imagery in triggering emotions. You may recognize this as positive visualizations helping you to relax or achieve your goals, such as bringing to mind a beautiful beach scene or scoring a winning goal. You may also recognize intrusive mental imagery in the form of flashbacks can trigger fear, worry or anxiety. Yet in our day to day lives, mental imagery … Read More

Recovering from coronavirus using Logosynthesis

Amber is recovering from coronavirus Amber joined our Zoom session out of breath. She had tested negative two days earlier but still experienced difficulty breathing any time she walked. She had no breathing issues prior to covid and she ‘knew’ that she may still be recovering, yet she felt annoyed. Amber was trying not to panic but she was definitely concerned about long term symptoms from the virus. Also, Amber could feel the tightness in her chest. ‘I don’t want … Read More

Feeling stable in times of war using Logosynthesis

Times of war are distressing. Not only does war upset stability in the world around us but war also upsets our inner stability. For Kay, Logosynthesis is the best way to reduce stress and to feel calmer. ‘Now there is a very special stress for me here in Germany. I know I have to be stable for my family and my students and yet I am really worried. I don’t feel calm. I feel the stress in my body, especially … Read More

Are you feeling stuck with symptoms of Long Covid?

Symptoms of Long Covid are distressing. Many people are struggling with a variety of distressing symptoms that persist after covid. Brain fog, fatigue, loss of taste and other symptoms are cause for concern. Many people don’t feel well and are suffering, wondering if they need to learn to live with debilitating symptoms. Logosynthesis offers a solution from an energetic perspective to provide immediate and sustained relief of symptoms. Doctors are using Logosynthesis to heal Long Covid. Logosynthesis is being used … Read More

How to relieve stress related to coronavirus.

Are you stressed heading back to school? Nancy works in a school and she was feeling the stress of returning to work after the holidays amid a surge in coronavirus cases. She was not feeling safe. She explored this issue using the guided video in the Essence: Unlock Potential Coaching App. The level of distress before the Logosynthesis sentences was at a 9 on a scale of 0-10. (0 being ‘no distress’ and 10 being ‘maximum distress’). The level of … Read More

How to relieve tension & frustration in team meetings.

Tension and frustration in team meetings is common. Beth was interested in experiencing Logosynthesis so we met on a late afternoon Zoom call. I know Beth, so we had a brief chat before settling in to explore a topic. She is a team lead and is currently working from home. She notices that it is harder to interact with others. A lot of people are stressed out and although she is doing well in her current situation, she notices more … Read More

How to overcome the fear of re-injury.

Athletes often struggle with the fear of re-injury Many athletes struggle to competitively return to their sport after an injury. The physical injury may have healed and yet the fear of re-injury can hold them back from achieving their potential. Logosynthesis can offer immediate and lasting relief of this fear, one issue at a time. Hannah’s story. Hannah fractured a bone in her knee in a non-sports related incident. Although the bone, the muscle was weak from wearing a brace … Read More

How to get through your ‘pile of work’.

Struggling with demanding workloads can be stressful. ‘A pile of work’ can feel intense! Many people struggle with stress, tension and anxiety related to priorities, demands and responsibility. Shoulders get tense. Stomachs ache. It can be difficult to concentrate on any one topic because everything feels important. In this position, it can be challenging to do your best work. The following example describes how Logosynthesis offers instant relief. Does your pile of work feel intense? In a coaching conversation with … Read More

How to relieve pain from accidents using Logosynthesis

Many people want to relieve pain from accidents.  Many people want to relieve pain from accidents. Even after things ‘should’ be ok, they often continue to struggle with a variety of symptoms. We guide people to use Logosynthesis® to quickly eliminate the energetic triggers for sustained relief. This post describes an example of this work. Amanda’s story I was recently speaking with Amanda, who had experienced an accident involving a significant hit to the top of her head. Tests confirmed … Read More

How to get images out of your head

Images can feel distressing. Do you find yourself struggling to get certain mental images out of your head? You are not alone! Recent medical research is proving a connection between mental imagery and emotions. Positive visualizations can reduce stress while intrusive, traumatic memories can trigger stress responses, which can be intense. This research is calling for new treatments to resolve distressing mental imagery. Logosynthesis can resolve distressing mental images. Logosynthesis is a psychotherapeutic and coaching model for healing and personal … Read More

How to deal with food cravings.

Do you experience food cravings? Food cravings can certainly offer comfort in the moment. Yet the ‘feel good’ feeling doesn’t usually last long. Feelings of guilt, shame and discomfort are normal. There can be a lot of negative consequences to food cravings. Many so-called comfort foods are low in nutrient value and high in sugar, fat and caffeine. This can affect your mood, your weight, and other aspects of your health. The more you give in to the craving, the … Read More

How to change your beliefs.

Your beliefs feel like ‘fact’. It can be challenging to change your beliefs. Your beliefs help you to make sense of your world. They are conclusions that you have reached based on your experiences, your culture and the authority of others. Although your beliefs feel ‘right’, they are frozen energy patterns that can keep you stuck in a limited view of the world. This is a normal pattern of being human. It allows us to survive. When new views are … Read More

How reactions can get in the way during the pandemic and how to change them.

Why it is important to be aware of our reactions: Our reactions can get in the way of what is beneficial for our own health and wellness. Yet our reactions are often based on conditioned responses. So we often don’t even recognize them. We focus on changing things around us to make us feel better. This can take considerable effort with limited success. It can be liberating to be able to change our reactions to the situations around us. This … Read More

How to feel better in the midst of a pandemic

We are living in uncertain times. Most people look forward to the holiday season. Parties with friends. Shopping sprees. Family rituals. And now we are told that we cannot do the things we enjoy. In addition, we are worried about our parents, our children, our coworkers, our businesses and more. We don’t feel safe when we go out in public, especially when other people are not doing what they should be doing. We feel the impact. Some of us feel … Read More

How to use your reactions to prevent Covid-19 Burnout

Burnout is a response to our environment. Burnout involves a state of physical and emotional exhaustion that reduces your ability to accomplish your goals. It is not a medical diagnosis. Each of us responds to what is happening in our world based on our patterns of reacting. If we are conditioned to work hard and the demands increase, we work harder. If we are conditioned to hurry up and suddenly more people need our help, we get busier. And also, … Read More

Release feelings of intensity using Logosynthesis

Change and uncertainty can lead to intense feelings It can be helpful to be able to release feelings of intensity as a result of the amount of change and uncertainty in our world. I routinely use Logosynthesis to release unwanted feelings. My experience this summer has been one of relaxed focus to write another book. For me, life doesn’t get much better than to spend my days writing in my comfy chair by the lake. A cup of coffee or … Read More

Parenting in the pandemic

Acknowledge my situation I am parenting in the pandemic. I am living in extraordinary times. My life is not normal. I am not in control of the world around me. This can feel uncomfortable and even painful at times. As a parent, I feel additional pressure because I am concerned for my children. I may want to change the world to make it safer and more supportive for them. This can take tremendous energy. I have come to appreciate that … Read More

Human vs Humane

Distinguishing between human vs  humane During our extraordinary times, we struggle between human vs humane. There is a call for more kindness and compassion. And yet we observe more intense, emotional and irrational behaviour that often feels angry and frustrated. When we encounter this behaviour, we react defensively. We seek more humane behaviour at a time when our human nature overrides these behaviours. Recognizing our reactions When life doesn’t feel comfortable, we react. When our world doesn’t feel comfortable, our … Read More

#Getreal about how we really feel

Learning to feel better. #Getreal challenges us to get in touch with what we are feeling. We are human. We react to change and it doesn’t always feel good. Growing up on a farm, I was introduced early to the idea of learning new ways to get the job done. The farming community was great at sharing new ideas and so, I was also introduced to the importance of learning from those around me. We didn’t have all the answers … Read More

Unleashing the Power of ‘I Am’ Using Logosynthesis

‘I am’ is powerful.  In the realm of self-improvement and personal growth, few concepts hold as much potential for transformation as the simple yet profound declaration: “I am.” These two words encapsulate the essence of our identity, shaping not only how we perceive ourselves but also influencing the reality we inhabit. Through the lens of Logosynthesis, a powerful psychotherapeutic and coaching model, we can delve into the inherent power of “I am” and its capacity to catalyze profound shifts. Understanding … Read More

Resolving a panic attack related to coronavirus.

We react to sudden changes and uncertainty We are human and we all react to the current global pandemic. Also, we may experience a range of distressing thoughts, emotions and physical sensations in response to situation. At times, we may experience a panic attack. Mathias Egger is a clinical psychologist and psychotherapist based in Switzerland. He shares this example of working with a client and using Logosynthesis as a tool to help a client resolve a panic attack related to coronavirus. … Read More

How to relieve stress when working from home.

Working from home can be stressful. You can start now to relieve stress when working from home. As a working parent, it is normal to be pulled in many directions. There is lots of advice to direct what you should do but often what you need it the peace and calm to listen to your inner voice. You can benefit when working from home by learning to pay attention to what bothers you and resolve the triggers to stay present … Read More

I can breathe

Grief can feel overwhelming I love the change in season from winter to spring. The days are longer, the sun is warmer and the colours are more vibrant. Yet not everyone is in a position to look forward with anticipation. I was speaking with a colleague yesterday who was struggling with moving forward since her mother passed away before Christmas, at the beginning of winter. ‘I want to be on pause’. She was connecting with a sense of not wanting … Read More

Positive Mental Health using Logosynthesis

What is ‘positive mental health’? The Canadian Public Health Agency defines mental health as: “the capacity of each and all of us to feel, think, act in ways that enhance our ability to enjoy life and deal with the challenges we face. It is a positive sense of emotional and spiritual well-being that respects the importance of culture, equity, social justice, interconnections and personal dignity” – Capacity to feel, think and act. This definition recognizes that to be healthy, each … Read More

When the cows come first.

Work can often take priority over pleasure I know that the cows come first. I was raised on a beautiful, busy dairy farm. Everyone had an important role to play, whether it was milking cows or cooking supper or simply waiting for a load of hay to arrive at the barn so that we could quickly unload before the rain. We had lots of time to play but we clearly understood, the cows came first. Putting cows first is understandable … Read More

How to let go of fear of coronavirus.

How to let go of fear of coronavirus: Many people struggle with how to let go of fear of coronavirus. The Logosynthesis Basic Procedure offers a fast and easy approach that delivers results. Working with a trained guide can support your efforts to deliver surprising results. Stephen Carter, CEO and Founder of Stress Solutions LLC, shares this example of using Logosynthesis to help a client let go of fear around coronavirus: I received a Facebook PM from a longtime client … Read More

Are you looking for relief from coronavirus?

Use this guided meditation to experience relief related to coronavirus. It is normal to be reacting with worry, fear and anxiety related to coronavirus. Whether it is concerns related to finances, our own health or simply the media, coronavirus can be constantly on our minds. We can even experience symptoms in our bodies from the distress. Are you looking for relief? Willem Lammers, the founder of Logosynthesis, has developed a specific protocol to use the power of words to resolve … Read More

How to not lose my cool.

I don’t like to lose my cool. I have been known to lose my cool when life gets busy and demands are urgent. It is not something that I like to admit but I notice it in the tone of my voice, the tension in my jaw and the squinting of my eyes. I get in a reactive mode and in the moment, my concern is not about the feelings of others but rather that others pay attention to me. … Read More

One Photo – Multiple Reactions

One photo has the power to spark very different reactions in people. My reactions are based on my experiences and my beliefs, which are part of the family and the community in which I live.  One photo can feel fun and playful to one person and yet trigger very raw feelings of distress in another. My work is to resolve the sensory perceptions or mental imagery that trigger my reactions so that I can have a higher level of compassion … Read More

Feeling Safe in a Chaotic World.

Feeling safe influences how I react in my world. I perform my best when I feel safe. I make better choices when I feel safe. And I am able to I enjoy life most when I feel safe. Personally, I recognize that heights, black ice and speed elicit a nervous reaction. I know that I can relate the feelings to past experiences. These ‘unsafe’ feelings are triggered by memories. I also recognize that stepping outside of my family norms triggers … Read More

Expanding Our Frame of Reference

Our frame of reference is how we approach the world. Frame of reference is defined as ‘a set of ideas, conditions, or assumptions that determine how something will be approached, perceived, or understood.’ (Merriam-Webster, 2019)  Each of us has a unique frame of reference that is embedded in our culture, education and experiences. This provides us with a structure to make sense of the multitude of stimuli that constantly bombards our senses. Dismiss. Our senses perceive external stimuli. We dismiss … Read More

Two Truths Call For Growth.

Growth comes from being able to resolve two conflicting truths. Our reactions provide us with information that allows us to resolve our frozen perceptions, also known as our beliefs. Redefining Truth. Our simple definition for ‘truth’ as a fact or reality is closed, exclusive and reactive. It does not support growth, inclusiveness or creativity. According to Merriam-Webster, an additional definition is a judgment or idea that is true or accepted as true.  Judgment is defined as a formal utterance of … Read More

Embrace Irrational.

Rational explanations do not explain current leadership behaviour. Given the pace of change and the increasing pressure of demands, leaders at all levels are responding based on their instinct, beliefs and attitudes. When pressure is applied to retrieve rational explanations, perceptions are triggered that ignite inflammatory thoughts and emotions. Policies are put in place to correct and prevent, yet policies rely on rational thought to be effective. We push down irrational responses and yet the increased pressure fuels a higher … Read More

Peace and calm.

In a changing world, we can struggle to feel peace and calm On this 100th Anniversary of Armistice Day, we are moved to remember. Each of us in our own way, with our own stories and also, with our own past. What we know is that somewhere in all of the fighting was a desire for peace and calm for our families and future generations. And as we now stand here on November 11, 2018, the world is changing so … Read More

Learning how to heal trauma.

Recognizing our natural reactions. Trauma. My natural reaction to the word is to close in, back away and shut up. It is not comfortable for me to talk about suffering and I don’t like to talk about things that are not comfortable. I was born into a culture and a family where we didn’t spend a lot of time talking about our emotions or our reactions. And so, I learned to be resilient. I handed my suffering to God and … Read More

Is fear real power?

“Real power is, I don’t even want to use the word: ‘Fear.’” Presidential Candidate Donald J. Trump in an interview with Bill Woodward and Robert Costa, March 31, 2016 Fear is a derailer ‘Is fear real power?’ Certainly many will respond with a ‘Yes’ because it triggers a response and it drives action. But fear simply implies ‘power over others’. Fear relies on position and authority to trigger reactions in others. Generating this emotion does not allow space for others … Read More

How to improve productivity? Resolve reactions to the word ‘should’.

Why improve productivity? Improving productivity allows us to achieve more with less. We often think of this as achieving more financial benefit with less of the organization’s financial resources.  There is also great opportunity to achieve more with less of our personal resources. Think for a moment of the time and/or energy that goes in to building our personal resources: exercise; healthy eating; sleep and others. We work hard to have energy available to spend on work. In turn, this … Read More

What if? A paradigm shift.

What if we can relieve our distress rather than working so hard to cope? Embracing a paradigm shift from working so hard to cope with our stressors to learning how to relieve distress is powerful. We live our life and events happen. We react with a wide range of emotion, depending on the nature of the event. Distress is a combination of emotions, sensations and thoughts that result in a feeling of discomfort. We may notice that we get stuck … Read More

How to build resilience and self-awareness.

In an ever-changing world, building resilience and self-awareness is essential for personal and professional growth. These qualities not only enhance your ability to cope with challenges but also empower you to make informed decisions and lead a fulfilling life. In this blog post, we’ll explore practical strategies to cultivate these vital traits and introduce Logosynthesis as a coaching model that can support your journey. Resilience and self-awareness are rooted in experiences. To be reliant on your own efforts and abilities … Read More

Students First? Let’s Calm Reactive Behaviour.

We are undergoing immense change and uncertainty. Certainly we all want to put students first. Yet look around and it is easy to recognize an escalation in the pace of change and uncertainty that is resulting in a shift in focus away from students. All of our systems are feeling the pressure of adapting to intense uncertainty and the external demands often exceed the ability to cope, resulting in breakdown. Schools feel the intensity every day, as children arrive with … Read More

A preferred treatment for anxiety – Logosynthesis

Anxiety is common in Canada. Individuals are looking for a preferred treatment for anxiety. According to the Public Health Agency of Canada, mood and/or anxiety disorders are common and individuals are active in learning more about the condition: In 2013, an estimated 3 million Canadians (11.6%) aged 18 years or older reported that they had a mood and/or anxiety disorder. Most people with mood and/or anxiety disorder(s) are currently taking, or have taken, prescription medication(s) (93%), but few (20%) have received … Read More

Love and kindness.

Love and kindness as feelings. Love and kindness. Consider these words as feelings rather than choices. Then we can recognize the sensations as coming from the heart and not the head. When we feel love and kindness, we experience sensations in our body, generally in the area of our heart.  We often see a person or hear a voice that triggers these sensations. Different people will trigger varying degrees of intensity of emotion. And we will feel different sensations in … Read More

MYActionsMatter

Actions are often reactions: MYActionsMatter is a campaign by the Government of Canada to mark 16 days of activism against gender-based violence. The theme provides a strong callout to reinforce that our actions are not just meaningless behaviours. Our actions make a difference to everyone around us. The actions highlighted in the campaign messaging are common behaviours that are often excused or discounted. We think that we are making deliberate actions when in fact, most of these behaviours are reactive … Read More

The Wonder of Wonder. Reframing our Beliefs with Logosynthesis.

We like to take action by fixing things and solving problems. Fixing and solving can be more of a reaction than action. These reactions are triggered by beliefs about the way things ‘should’ be done. We can challenge these beliefs using Logosynthesis to enjoy more ease and wonder in our everyday life. We live in a culture where we are praised for having passion to do things right and to do the right things. The more demanding the situation, the harder … Read More

Support diversity and inclusion using Logosynthesis.

Integrating diversity and inclusion into traditions: Diversity and inclusion are important. We may know this yet we often feel discomfort. As I scrolled through Facebook this morning, I was greeted with a post of group photos from past Terry Fox Runs. This was a tradition in our office. Sometimes I went on my own, sometimes with my family. But we did this annual 5 km run, rain or shine. I was blessed with a boss who valued tradition and made … Read More

Is it time to rethink feminism?

Do men have to lose power to make room for women? This morning I reflected on Justin Trudeau’s talk to the Women in the World convention held earlier this week in Toronto. I applaud his efforts towards fairness! It feels invigorating to have a proud feminist fight for the rights of women! But there is a watch out. I got stuck on the reference to the notion that men will have to lose power to make room for women. I … Read More

A Fair Chance to Succeed

We should all have a fair chance to succeed. Justin Trudeau was asked about his number one priority for the next two years at a recent Women in the World convention. He acknowledged that there was a lot to be done but the big one was around fairness, stating a desire that ‘everyone has a fair chance to succeed in Canada. … Everything I can do, everything we can do, to shift the world in the right direction continues to … Read More

My Canada. Creating Space for Success.

An interesting debate is heating up in Canada between the government and the self-employed. Canada is looking to create space for success for all. So the Liberal platform states ‘We’ll ask the wealthiest 1% to pay a bit more so middle class families can pay less’. It goes on to say: ‘Our plan to help middle class Canadians: Create jobs. Strengthen the economy. Grow the middle class.’ Bill Morneau introduced the proposed changes to make this happen. He proposed that … Read More

Creating Space for Gender Equality

The topic of gender equality can trigger reactions. Gender equality impacts all of us! I have surrounded myself with great, intelligent men. I consider them my peers, I value their insight and I rely on their counsel. Yet this group can frustrate me with their decisiveness and their different perspectives. I react. In turn, they react to my impatience and frustration – sometimes with avoidance, sometimes with frustration. Bottom line – we don’t maximize our effectiveness. Through my work with … Read More

Culture. In our hearts and soul.

‘A nation’s culture resides in the hearts and in the soul of its people.’– Mahatma Ghandi –  Supporting health at the level of ‘hearts and soul’. Humans can feel the power of ‘hearts and souls’ through music, dance and prayer. Humans come together to connect, mourn and celebrate in life’s most meaningful moments. This energy supports healthy living. Humans can also feel stuck in their lives because of painful memories, limiting beliefs and fantasies about life. This ‘stuck’ energy limits … Read More

Changing attitude: The teach-tell disconnect.

Why is changing attitudes so challenging? Changing attitude in a changing world can support us to enjoy life more fully. We rally behind causes such as gender equality, racial acceptance and religious accommodation yet these are the topics whereby unrest continues to create news headlines. We send our children to school and our employees on courses to reinforce our commitment to change. Additionally, we publish books, produce shows and host conferences to discuss the importance of these humanitarian topics. So … Read More

Global Health. Individual Wellbeing.

We aspire to care for others. Global health. Individual wellbeing. We are born into this world with aspirations to make it a better place for all. We care about the kid next door and the family halfway around the globe. We want everyone to be happy and healthy. Our career aspirations often involve the caring and healing professions. We want to take away pain and suffering for all. We have the capacity to love and we want to love everyone. … Read More

Resistance and #Canada150.

Creating space for growth. Resistance is part of change and growth. As our country is aglow with Canada150 celebrations, we see a strong message emerge, symbolized by erection of a tipi on Parliament Hill. Not all is comfortable in our land! What if we had a coaching model that would allow us to acknowledge these feelings of discomfort and also, release the energy in these reactions? This would allow us to create a space for growth. While Canada150 is a … Read More

Strength. Connection through experience.

Our strength lies in our connections. Strength is viewed as a sign of success. This strength relies on connection through experience. We aim to strengthen ourselves both individually and within organizations – and there is ample material to tell us how to achieve this. I think of strength as a matrix, with each experience representing a bond holding together individual points. The quality of these experiences impact the quality of the bonds and hence, the strength of the individual and … Read More

How can we support multiculturalism?

Celebrating our diversity. We are truly a mosaic worth celebrating!  And there is an important role to support multiculturalism. This year, we celebrate an important milestone in Canada’s history, marking 150 years as a nation. Strong and free. Humble and proud. We are keenly aware that our cities, towns and rural communities were both carved from the wilderness and overtake from communities native to this land. All to create a space for a vision we know as Canada. What has … Read More

Faith in Leadership

Our Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau had a special, private meeting with Pope Francis yesterday. Listening to his interview following their conversation, it was evident that he was deeply moved by the personal, reflective discussion. I understand that there is  a great deal of pressure and scrutiny on our leaders to say the right things and to have the right look. They need to be warm, friendly and authentic but not ‘too’ warm and friendly because that is not authentic. … Read More

Can we be strong and still let go?

Let go to create space for success. I am strong and successful. I have worked hard for what I have and for what is important to me. Things haven’t always gone my way but I have carried on. That is not an option. But I have also come to realize the beauty in being able to let go. I have come to realize that by letting go, we can create a space for success. Life happens but we can still let go. Life … Read More

Believe. The Power of a Word.

Think for a moment about the power in the word ‘believe’. To know something with confidence yet without proof. How do you know with confidence? You feel it. Your experience tells you it is so. Your culture embraces it. At times, we are extremely passionate about our beliefs. We work hard to convince others that we are right. We are prepared to fight for our beliefs. We feel discomfort and fear when our life is not as we believe it should … Read More

Beyond courage. Freedom.

I would like to write something profound today as I bring one phase of my career to a close and open the door to something new and unknown. The word that has been capturing my attention lately is ‘courage’. The ability to do something that frightens one. There are lots of quotes on courage from Nelson Mandela to Winston Churchill, with the encouragement to draw on our strength in an effort to overcome our failures and achieve success. As life happens, … Read More

My uncles: Mentors to challenge my beliefs.

Mentors offer valuable guidance to navigate work and life. Mentors can provide a valuable role to navigate the challenges and opportunities of both work and life. They can fill a number of roles, such as a role model, teacher, counsellor, advisor, sponsor, advocate and ally. These roles create a space for you to learn and to grow. As a busy, working parent, I was keenly interested in both leadership and personal development. I had read lots of books and tried … Read More

How to manage life transitions using Logosynthesis

It can be stressful to manage life transitions. We all look to manage life transitions and these transitions are not always comfortable. This morning I read a post written by Dr. Willem Lammers, the founder of Logosynthesis, on work he is developing in the area of life transitions. As always, I am interested in applying the concepts to my everyday life.  Top of mind is the current labour dispute between government and the teachers union in Nova Scotia. Here are some thoughts for consideration: … Read More

Stances: Our Premier vs. Our Teachers

Tension leads to stances: As tension escalates on contract negotiations between the teachers union and the government, the public is left feeling very angry and confused. The situation is reactive and irrational. The latest straw to fuel another work-to-rule mandate was our premier’s ‘clarification’ that the teachers two ‘new’ days off were for marking and classroom preparation. So I view this as new material to apply and I have identified the importance of stances, defined as a way of thinking about something, especially … Read More

Overwhelmed! Let’s listen.

The teachers in Nova Scotia have been telling us they are overwhelmed and they want change! Their union has been negotiating with our government to come to an agreement to improve working conditions. In the interim, students, parents and taxpayers are not feeling their needs are being met. When it comes to educating our children and future leaders, we all have strong beliefs about what is required. I am offering my perspective based on what I have been hearing: Teachers are … Read More

A spiritual perspective on mental illness.

I am curious: I am curious about the role of spirit in mental illness. The Mayo Clinic website offers that ‘Mental illness refers to a wide range of mental health conditions — disorders that affect your mood, thinking and behaviour.’ It basically relates to anything that does not have a physical cause. We know health captures body, mind and spirit. Spirit is energy, emotions and feelings. Are we combining both mental and spiritual aspects of health under the topic of mental illness? If … Read More

When Leaders Listen: Creating Space for Success

Leaders listen to embrace diversity. What happens when leaders listen? At the Community Town Hall in Dartmouth, NS last evening, our Prime Minister listened to questions from a ‘friendly’ audience. I attended with a question to ask but as I observed the dynamics, I received my answer without needing to stand at the microphone. As I listened, I noticed how he was able to disarm controversy by acknowledging diversity of opinion and respecting the concerns of individuals. As he accepts the responsibility of … Read More

Diversity. A leadership dilemma.

Leaders assume important roles at all levels of our society. We rely on them to set the direction, focus the group and prevent things from becoming overwhelming. We expect a great deal of our leaders and often forget that everyone leads based on their own beliefs. And what each of us believes is different based on personal experiences and societal norms. My reactions are an indicator of the energy tied to my beliefs. We all react. In the reactive state, our energy is not available for productive, creative thought. Change and … Read More

We should care about our children.

We say that we care about our children. I live in Nova Scotia and on Monday, my children will not be attending school as a labour dispute between teachers and the province escalates. I am observing the reactions from the perspective of my lessons in Logosynthesis and I am going to offer a few words in an attempt to broaden the conversation.  The common theme on social media is ‘If you care about our children you would …’. Our reactions can … Read More

Creative vs. reactive – at work.

We all react to everyday life events. Some reactions are beneficial to our success and others hold us back from achieving our goals. However I have come to recognize that even the reactions that are beneficial to an individual’s success can be damaging to the team. And reactions that are beneficial to the team, may hold an individual back. As leaders, parents and people of influence, what is needed to get the job done may be clear. The energy bound in … Read More

Ignite your Spirit using Logosynthesis

It is common to get stuck in life’s routines. It can be challenging to ignite your spirit when you are stuck in routines and stressful patterns. Yet, by paying attention and learning how to shift the energy in these patterns, we can make meaningful shifts. My summer has been much like any other. Great trips to visit family, connecting with friends, watching my daughters’ soccer games, playing catch up at work and enjoying quiet moments by the lake. This year, … Read More

How to not let things bother you and overreact.

In life, it can be common for things to bother you and to overreact. I am not proud of the fact that I tend to overreact when things bother me.  I have worked very hard over the years to manage my reactions using some highly recommended techniques: These techniques help me cope. They help make body and mind stronger. They help build my resilience to push on and do more. But things still happen that annoy and frustrate me. Things trigger … Read More

Spiritual health starts from within.

Spiritual health is an important part of your overall health. Spiritual health is one of four dimensions to well-being as defined by the World Health Organization (WHO), which include physical, social, and mental. Although spiritual health was not included in their initial definition of health in 1946, it has evolved to recognize that “the spiritual dimension plays a great role in motivating people’s achievements in all aspects of life”. The complete description of the spiritual dimension as articulated by the World Health Assembly in 1984 through … Read More

An exciting new book on Logosynthesis!

Letting It Go: Relieve Anxiety and Toxic Stress in Just a Few Minutes Using Only Words (Dr. Laurie Weiss, 2016) This book explains Logosynthesis in a concise manner that is easy for all to understand. It is designed with straightforward instructions to learn how to stop worrying about things you can’t control and to help manage challenging situations.  The following description about the author, provided on Amazon, speaks to the fascinating nature of this work: After over 40 years practicing psychotherapy and coaching, … Read More

Create in the present, not react to your past.

Why do I believe that Logosynthesis can benefit everyone? We can all benefit from having our energy available to create in the present rather than react to our past. I believe Logosynthesis is a unique approach to health and wellness because it recognizes our Essence (life energy) from a creative perspective and it guides us to identify and dissolve our unique emotional imprints that trigger us to react to our past. Most stress management techniques provide us with coping skills … Read More

Spiritual health and culture are important for health.

Spiritual health is recognized in our constitution. Spiritual health and culture are importantly connected. We place a great deal of emphasis on health and culture in Canada. Yet spiritual health is placed in a separate bucket from physical and mental health. There is a lot of energy frozen in the words ‘spirit’, ‘spiritual’ and ‘spirituality’. Our healthcare system demands evidence-based research yet our constitution recognizes the supremacy of God. When the Canadian Constitution was amended in 1982 to entrench the … Read More

I know I am right, so why should I change?

As I reflect on my conversations around Logosynthesis, I recognize that we often hold a great deal of emotion in our beliefs. The stronger the emotion, the more adamant we are that we are right and the stronger the conviction to get others to change.  Consider how the following statements may be limiting: I don’t get along well with others because they have issues. I am not the one who needs personal development work. My frustration at work is due to other people not … Read More

Changing conversations using Logosynthesis.

It’s been four months since Dr. Lammers joined us for an evening to talk about Logosynthesis, an exciting new coaching and psychotherapeutic model.  Since then, I’ve had many interesting conversations trying to better understand the topic and how to convey its grace and eloquence to others.  The more I learn, the more intrigued and fascinated I become.  I want to share it with everyone but I have been struggling with trying to explain the details, trying to understand who is … Read More

Feeling Stressed? Logosynthesis can help.

Feeling stressed is common in everyday life. Given the demands and responsibilities of everyday life, feeling stressed is normal. In my daily routines, I get stressed and I also interact with a lot of stressed individuals. My environment is generally healthy and productive. I don’t work in health care.  Nor do I work with illness.  I have a regular job and I am involved in my community.  Certainly, I appreciate the great people that are involved in my life. As I pay attention … Read More

Get over it and move on.

It can be challenging to ‘get over it and move on’. The holidays are over.  We have finished the first week in a new year.  Do we take time to acknowledge any stress we experienced or do we just push forward?  Get over it.  Move on. At work, we just finished a challenging year with lots of change.  Some of us took a few days off to recharge.  We are now full swing into the next set of targets. Do we … Read More

What to do when work is overwhelming.

When work is overwhelming, stress can lead to burnout. I admit that my job can overwhelm me at times. I have been in the same position for the past 10+ years.  As the demands increase and the systems change in my role continually increases, I have difficulty keeping up with the workload.  I feel like I am playing ‘pop-a-mole’.  The faster I work, the further behind I get.  My computer doesn’t respond fast enough and new systems continue to add process.  I work to get everything … Read More

How to stop being the reactive parent using Logosynthesis

It can be challenging to stop being a reactive parent. Do you struggle to stop being a reactive parent? I believe we all want to be good parents but what we hold in our heads and our hearts isn’t always in line with the behaviour we exhibit. As parents, we hold fantasies of how our children should be based on our beliefs and past experiences.  And when things aren’t as we had imagined, we react.  Often we are not even aware of … Read More

Feel better by self-coaching using Logosynthesis

It is normal to react to situations in everyday life Self-coaching puts you in the driver’s seat. You learn how to notice what bothers you and take action to feel better and to achieve your goals. You are human and in everyday life you make choices. Also, you react to what happens around you. At times, these reactions can impact your health or get in the way of what is important. While this is normal, learning to resolve memories and … Read More

Do you stress about how things should be?

My life ‘should be’ different.  But it’s not.  Things happen in my life which ‘should not’ happen.  But the fact is, they do happen.  I do things that I know I ‘should not’ do.   But I do them anyway.  People around me do things that they clearly ‘should not’ do.  But the fact is, they too, do them anyway.  There are things I ‘should have’ known to prevent something.  But the fact is, I did not know.  And I have come to … Read More

Are we too busy to deal with stress?

As I prepare for a public presentation to introduce LOGOSYNTHESIS® with the founder, Dr. Willem Lammers,  I want to share some important observations: People are intrigued and want to learn how to better cope with stress but most people are too busy to attend due to valid work or personal commitments. Our schedules are so full that we are challenged to find a time to talk about stress as a community. I am waiting to get engagement from government and health care professionals. There … Read More

Really? That triggers my behaviour?

Over my career in dietetics, marketing and sales, understanding how to effectively break habits and change behaviour has been a key goal.  Additionally, I feel a need to change my behaviour in my roles as mother, spouse, coworker, friend and community member.  Our traditional approaches ask us to identify the behaviours we want to change and then put in place action items and timelines to change them.  The general thinking is that if we can stick to our new plan … Read More

Do you know what your stress feels like?

We readily talk about how stressed out we are.  We can explain in great detail how our work, our family, our friends and our chores wear us down.  However, we rarely take time to quietly sit back and get in touch with what our stress feels like in each situation.  It can be uncomfortable to get in touch with these feelings so we avoid the sensations by adding more things to our ‘to do’ list. Instead, we create more stress for ourselves and for those … Read More

Prepare your toolbox for when life happens.

Are you ready for when life happens? I have been working on my personal development for a long time. I am versed in stress management, physical fitness, healthy eating, parenting techniques and the list goes on but even with knowing what I needed to do, I still reacted to the same things the same way.   With the introduction of Logosynthesis, the triggers that normally cause me to react no longer have the same effect.  I believe I have lots to … Read More

Logosynthesis. A new word for teachers.

Teachers get paid to teach a pre-determined curriculum to our children however we all recognize that their role is far broader and more important than the course material.  They are the adults that influence, mentor and support our children. They are on the playground when children are bullied and in the classroom when students struggle for answers. They are charged with teaching children who come to school too tired, too worried or too stressed to learn. And teachers are human, bringing to … Read More

Hey Atlantic Canada, what’s holding us back?

I am the daughter of immigrants who came to Atlantic Canada with nothing.  My parents were able to create something special on the banks of the Miramichi River through hard work and determination.  What was the secret of their success? I challenge that a significant factor was their experiences as children.  Growing up during World War II in Holland imprinted that when times got tough, they had no choice but to work through the challenges.  They knew that they didn’t need much … Read More

Try a new approach to healthy living!

A curiosity and interest to support healthy living. My background is based on a career as a dietitian. As a dietitian, I had a focus on healthy lifestyle practices. Food. Exercise. Meditation. But there was always something missing. How to resolve the triggers to stressful reactive patterns?   I have an MBA and organizational behaviour theory certainly plays a role. However, this is conversation is not about degrees and certificates.  I have a lot of experience with volunteer organizations and a … Read More

Breaking the cycle of reactive parenting using Logosynthesis.

Losing my cool as a parent! I am not proud to admit that I can get stuck in ‘reactive parenting’ mode. As a parent, I truly want to do a great job raising my children. However, I admit that I get stressed.  I have been known to raise my voice and lose my cool when things don’t go as I feel they should.  I know what I should be doing and how to do it but in the moment, all … Read More

How to realize your potential using Logosynthesis

Realize your potential in work and life. Healthy living is not about running the furthest or looking the best.  It is about enjoying life with vigour and engaging in meaningful relationships.  It is about finding peace, contentment and fulfillment right where we are.  In order to do this, we need to acknowledge that emotional events from the past shape how we see the here and now.  They trigger feelings of fear the future and pain about the past.  They limit … Read More

Is stress controlling your life?

Everyday life can get busy and feel overwhelming. It can be common to think that stress is controlling your life. When you are stressed out, you tend to react with habitual, patterned behaviours.  It is common to look back at a situation and say ‘Oh no!  I did it again!’.  Despite your best resolve to change, you continue to repeat unwanted behaviours.   You don’t need to stay stuck in stressful patterns. Logosynthesis is a powerful psychotherapeutic and coaching model … Read More

Welcome to The Healthy Living Plan!

Introducing Logosynthesis as part of your healthy living plan. Welcome to The Healthy Living Plan! This website is dedicated to using Logosynthesis to both identify and resolve the stress triggers (in the form of mental imagery) that can keep you stuck in stressful patterns. Our focus is to support you in everyday work and life through leadership and personal development. You will learn how to reduce stress and anxiety and to enjoy life more fully!! Do you feel like stress … Read More