Alyson Jones
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Alyson Jones is a highly respected therapist, educator and writer who has practiced and defined a no-nonsense approach to an exceptional life as outlined in her award winning book "M.O.R.E. A New Philosophy for Exceptional Living". She is president of a large private counselling centre, Alyson Jones & Associates, where she leads a professional team of therapists who are committed to providing MORE outstanding services to a wide range of clients.

She holds a Masters in Counselling Psychology and has practiced as a therapist for over 20 years, working with all age groups. Alyson is prominent in the psychological community and is an Adjunct Faculty member at the Adler University in Vancouver, B.C. where she enjoys inspiring her students. Her authentic, enthusiastic personality captivates audiences and she is often invited by the media to share her extensive knowledge.

Alyson lives in North Vancouver with her exceptional family where she enjoys being a wife, mother, sister, aunt, daughter, and friend.

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Keeping The Divorce Talk Honest Can Help Your Kids Heal Faster

(0) Comments | Posted March 20, 2017 | 12:50 PM

In my last blog I wrote about three difficult and important conversations to have with your children. The topics I covered were sex, drugs and bullying.

That blog highlighted how these challenging conversations can actually bring your family closer, as difficult conversations can be opportunities for growth. Talking...

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3 Difficult And Important Conversations To Have With Your Children

(0) Comments | Posted March 12, 2017 | 3:29 PM

As a child and family therapist I have been assisting parents in having difficult conversations with their children on a variety of topics. As a parent I have had to have these same conversations with my own children. As a result, I have some practical advice on how to have...

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The More Stuff We Have, The Less Joy We Feel

(4) Comments | Posted February 20, 2017 | 6:01 AM

As a therapist I often see people searching for fulfillment and meaning in their lives. Many people come into my office trying to figure out why they have so many beautiful things in their lives, but are unable to enjoy life. They often seek therapy because they are feeling unsettled...

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The 4 Steps To Exceptional Living

(0) Comments | Posted January 31, 2017 | 3:25 AM

Imagine a young girl around eight years old walking along a country road, kicking the dirt on the gravel road and thinking about life and all the wonderful adventures that await her. She is enjoying the moment with the hot summer sun beating down on her, but also understanding that...

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3 Habits To Break And 3 Habits To Make This Year

(0) Comments | Posted December 28, 2016 | 5:43 AM

The beginning of a New Year is a good time to evaluate what we want more of in our life, as well as what we want less of. If we take a close look at our lives we will begin to see patterns of behaviours -- in essence habits --...

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Becoming A Better Parent

(0) Comments | Posted December 16, 2016 | 5:11 AM

Recently I had been doing a lot of traveling for work and was craving some time at home with my husband and children. I am a Child and Family Therapist, a professional Parent Educator, and a mother of 17 year-old twins. My children are in Grade 12, have jobs, and...

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Helping Our Youth (And Ourselves) Deal With The Trump Trauma

(3) Comments | Posted November 10, 2016 | 7:18 AM

One of the gifts of the last Canadian election was the engagement of youth in social issues and the political process. It may have had something to do with Justin Trudeau being younger and appealing to young people -- but it may also have had something to do with open...

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How To Become A Better Coworker

(0) Comments | Posted November 1, 2016 | 8:50 AM

Just this morning the alarm jolted me out of my pleasant dream. As I groped around in the dark trying to find the button, I was already negotiating with myself to see if it would be possible to hide out in bed for another 10 minutes. I knew this was...

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This Is How You Become A Better Friend

(0) Comments | Posted October 18, 2016 | 8:15 AM

Just the other day I had a dinner date booked with a friend whom I had not seen for some time. My work day had been a full one, and to be frank I was feeling rather distracted and overwhelmed as I rushed to meet my friend for dinner.

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8 Ways To Lead A Grateful And Healthy LIfe

(0) Comments | Posted October 6, 2016 | 12:31 PM

Once autumn arrives we feel the shift of the season and begin to plan our Thanksgiving dinners. The gourds and pumpkins are on display at the grocery store, and thoughts of family dinners with pie for dessert begin to fill our minds -- soon to fill our stomachs as well.

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Want Good Mental Health? Then Get Ready To Move The Mind

(0) Comments | Posted September 29, 2016 | 4:29 PM

If you want a healthy life you are going to have to keep moving. Movement is just as important for the mind as it is for the body. As a Child and Family Therapist I attempt to assist people when they get stuck, and frankly sometimes they need a bit...

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You Cannot Have The Big Love Without The Big Risk

(0) Comments | Posted August 2, 2016 | 2:37 PM

We want to love, and be loved. This is something we desire in all of our important relationships -- the problem is we don't want to be hurt. To think that love is a shield that will protect you from pain is a set up for failure and disappointment. In...

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Your Children Should Not Be Your Life's Purpose

(18) Comments | Posted July 5, 2016 | 7:27 AM

As a Family therapist and Parent Educator I have always felt conflicted when people said their purpose in life was their children. I recall a night many years ago before I had children, when we were invited to dinner at a friend's home and were enjoying some after-dinner conversation.

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Want To Raise A Critical Thinker? Step Aside And Let Them Thrive

(5) Comments | Posted March 22, 2016 | 5:49 PM

It is natural for a parent to have hopes, dreams and aspirations for their children. We want so many things for them, and there isn't much we would not do in order to give them the best in life.

We want them to be happy, to develop their talents,...

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Overhauling The Helping Profession: A Guide To Good Counselling

(3) Comments | Posted February 24, 2016 | 10:58 AM

We live in a busy world with a glut of information and "self-help" advice being thrown at us though social media. Along the way traditional therapy seems to be getting lost in the mix. As a professional therapist and professor I often tell my psychology students that therapy is at...

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It's Time To Abandon New Year's Resolutions

(0) Comments | Posted January 4, 2016 | 1:10 PM

With all the glitter and dazzle that surrounds our New Year's celebrations, there also comes the inevitable question: "So, what are your New Year's resolutions?" I generally have dreaded this question, and have usually found ways to give vague or ambiguous answers. When I was younger I did not know...

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How To Talk To Your Children About Acts Of Terrorism

(5) Comments | Posted November 16, 2015 | 9:51 AM

Friday Nov.13, 2015, became another day of shock and outrage in this world, and none were more shocked than the population of Paris, France. As the tragedy of the multiple terrorist attacks in Paris unfolded, these senseless acts of violence left so many heartbroken. Stories of concert-goers, restaurant patrons and...

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5 Tips to Improve Your Emotional Fitness

(0) Comments | Posted October 21, 2015 | 8:16 AM

There are many obvious benefits to being physically fit. Movement and exercise are good for us, and an active lifestyle is commonly recognized as a healthy goal. Our bodies are the vehicles we use to move through the world, and it makes a lot of sense to have our vehicles...

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How to Bully-Proof Your Child for School

(0) Comments | Posted September 7, 2015 | 7:59 AM

With Fall upon us parents are busy preparing their children for school. We are making the last minute dash to get school supplies, trying to figure out all of the fall sports and activities, and hoping we can somehow balance everything. For children the return to school is the beginning...

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What Ashley Madison Tells Us About Affairs and Relationships

(7) Comments | Posted August 22, 2015 | 12:14 PM

The fallout has begun following the computer hacking of the Ashley Madison website as member information is now being released. It has become clear that people's privacy online is not what they thought it was, and that even a site that promises security can end up having significant leaks. Online...

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