A fairytale may be pretty and perfect and have a "happy" ending, but it is not real. It is healthy to have fantasies, to use your imagination to create visions for the future, but those exceptional moments that offer opportunity and require movement, only exist in the real world.
Therapist, Educator, Writer
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, <a href="http://www.alysonjones.ca/" rel="nofollow">Alyson Jones & Associates</a>, where she leads a professional team of therapists who are committed to providing <a href="http://morealysonjones.ca" rel="nofollow">MORE</a> outstanding services to a wide range of clients. <br> <br> 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. <br> <br> Alyson lives in North Vancouver with her exceptional family where she enjoys being a wife, mother, sister, aunt, daughter, and friend.
As a Therapist I have developed a philosophy by which I practice therapy, and live my life. This is the MORE philosophy. MORE
04/03/2017 06:17 EDT
We want to prepare and protect our child against something dangerous. Our protective role is clear. So the truly complicating factor that makes talking to your children about divorce so difficult is that the parents are the source of the pain.
03/20/2017 12:50 EDT
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.
03/14/2017 09:45 EDT
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 and unhappy. This seems to not just be an individual struggle, but a societal struggle as well. It appears that as a society we have an abundance -- but we are struggling with high levels of depression and left feeling unsatisfied despite all of the beautiful stuff we surround ourselves with .
02/20/2017 07:01 EST
Using the principles I have developed over the years I have found a path to exceptional living. As a professional therapist I have been able to apply these principles to the clients I work with and have assisted them in achieving an exceptional life as well.
01/31/2017 04:25 EST
Habits are habituated behaviours which are acquired by frequent repetition -- these "habits" then become a regular part of our functioning. These practices can slip into our lives without us even noticing as they feel so natural. It can be very difficult to give up or break a habit. We often hear people talking about wanting to break a bad habit, but we shouldn't forget that habits aren't always bad for us.
12/28/2016 06:43 EST
I guess one could say that my professional background makes me well qualified for this parenting job, but I must admit that I have had my fair share of humbling moments when it comes to parenting. Sometimes I have moments when I feel I rock it as a parent, and then other moments when I hang my head and know I could have handled something much better. Yes, there is certainly room for improvement.
12/16/2016 06:10 EST
As the results began to become undeniable and there was no avoiding the dreaded outcome, I witnessed my children and their friends reaching out to ask each other in shock and asking their parents "How could this happen?"
11/10/2016 08:18 EST
When we realize that such a large portion of our time is actually spent at work, one would think we would be motivated to make this time as pleasant as possible. However, many of us know that this is not always the case. Most people have some sort of war stories from work that involve a difficult coworker or boss who seems bent on making our lives miserable.
11/01/2016 08:50 EDT
Investing in friendships is part of a finding a healthy balance in life. We care for and enjoy our friends, but sometimes we might forget to think about how we can secure and grow our friendships. Any sort of investment requires some time and thought. Maintaining friendships requires effort, but when we look at the health benefits of friendships, this effort is worth it.
10/18/2016 08:15 EDT
Gratitude is a state of feeling grateful towards something or someone, and it comes from the Latin word "gratus," which mean pleasing, agreeable and thankful -- so to be grateful is to be filled with thanks.
10/06/2016 12:31 EDT
Thoughts and feelings without movement can become toxic, limiting us and keeping us away from what we need. Consequently, movement is essential to our life and health. There is no exceptional living without movement.
09/29/2016 04:29 EDT
When you truly connect and are present with another human being you create a powerful emotional vulnerability in yourself and others. Disconnection is a self-protective mechanism that is activated when we feel highly vulnerable. This self-protection then leads us to pull back and withdraw.
08/02/2016 02:37 EDT
I feel that parenting is my responsibility, but I do not feel that my role of mother or wife or daughter is my purpose. I do not feel my role of counsellor or teacher, author or business woman is my purpose. My purpose does not feel as though it can be defined by a role, any role, in my life.
07/05/2016 07:27 EDT
Our children need to develop and equip their own tool box -- we cannot do it for them. This is not our job, nor should we be trying to make our children's happiness and success our goals. This generation of parents is much too eager to do their children's work for them, and therein lies the problem.
03/22/2016 05:49 EDT
It is my belief that good counselling can provide a much-needed service in our modern world, but therapy needs to grow and adapt with the times. We have a society filled with very busy, potentially stressed people who want concrete results and some who still fear being stigmatized by seeking therapy or having to go to the "head shrinker."
02/24/2016 11:58 EST
With all the glitter and dazzle that surrounds our New Year's celebrations, there also comes the inevitable question: "So
01/04/2016 02:10 EST
Counselling should push you and test your limits, and help you understand your strengths and vulnerabilities. It may be uncomfortable and exhausting at times, but in the same way a good work out feels good physically, a good psychological workout can be deeply, emotionally satisfying.
10/21/2015 08:16 EDT
For children the return to school is the beginning of a new year and is filled with mixed feelings. There is the excitement of seeing friends again and sharing summer stories, but the social world of children also has its perils. For many children the return to school means the return to bullying.
09/07/2015 07:59 EDT
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