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5X Top Writer | Canadian Researcher | Provisional Therapist | Writing about mental health, psychology, technology, etc.

I can finally call myself a proper mental health professional.

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I never thought this moment would happen, but it did. I was in between seeing clients remotely from the home office when I got the email on Wednesday:

“Hello Synthia,

Congratulations! You are now registered with the College of Psychotherapists….You are now eligible to log into the registrant panel….”


There is a biological underpinning to that collective gasp or applause.

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Our caveman ancestors definitely shared many stories and songs. Tales were probably told by a roaring fire, accompanied by song, drink, and dance. Remarkable hand paintings likely adorned the walls, while people hummed, nodded their heads, and swayed their bodies.

Perhaps they all engaged in an impromptu group dance as…

Canadian Researcher & Writer | MA in Counselling Psychology | Provisional Therapist | Crisis Responder

Photo of the writer Synthia when she graduated from her H. BSc. in Biopsychology at a Canadian university.

Hello Medium writers,

My name is Synthia and I’m a female in her twenties who is born and raised in Canada. My cultural ancestry is Sri Lankan. I can speak in English and have some proficiency in French as well.

At the time of publishing, I was doing my second…

The nature of their work reduces the expression and onset of the disease.

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As we all know, taxicab drivers are an iconic fixture for any busy city. They’re known for their distinguished yellow, orange, or black vehicles, and experienced drivers seem to know entire neighbourhoods on the top of their heads.

What they offer is a wide array of specialized knowledge. They have…

Perfectionism is tied to a negative loop of control, procrastination, and further anxiety.

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I’m an aspiring therapist who has recently graduated with a counselling psychology graduate degree. While I wait for the coveted industry certification, a wait that feels forever, I continue to see clients at the field site who face many calamities, such as anxiety, depression, grief, and many more.

I have…

Don’t be fooled by their “hoovering” techniques.

This person may have been wronged by a narcissistic ex-partner — Photo by SHVETS production from Pexels

As we all know, narcissism is an underlying sign of excessive self-love, where the needs of others are not usually met. Egocentric, lacking empathy, and wanting to be in the centre of attention, narcissists like to be in control.

However, just as they like to be in control, others may…

It involves uncertainty and fear.

Both have some similarities in social situations — Photo by Erik Mclean from Pexels

I’m an aspiring therapist and a recent graduate in counselling psychology. I’ve worked with many kinds of people over the years, including individuals who have had many flavours of anxiety.

I’ve even encountered some individuals who have reported that they knew someone who was a narcissist (or were somehow worried…

If successful, it will especially help those with mobility issues.

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At the Korea Institute of Machinery and Materials, scientists have come up with a battery design that has been inspired by the morphology of snakes.

For those not familiar with the term “morphology”, in biological contexts, morphology helps us study the external attributes of a specimen, such as its structure…

A little bit of humanity couldn’t hurt.

Great leaders showcase bits of their humanity via tasteful vulnerability — Photo by SHVETS production from Pexels

Great leadership requires a whole lot of authenticity and vulnerability. The authenticity makes sense — people can sense fakeness a mile away. The part that surprises people the most is the vulnerable aspect. Vulnerability fosters intimacy, empathy, and a genuine connection to others.

Without vulnerability, you cannot achieve full authenticity…

It may be tied to a “Dark Tetrad” of personality traits.

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Every now and then, a “friend” helps you out. Perhaps you’ve had an argument with your partner, and you needed someone to talk to. …

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