Pique: Pēk
Verb : To stimulate interest or curiosity
My goal with Pique is to show what Piques my interest and provide a forum for me to show what I am reading, thinking and doing. Mostly, it will be counselling related, but there may be some surprises. Thank you for checking it out, I hope your interest is piqued too.

New Sleep Research

Most of the sleep research I come across generally focuses on outliers and extremes, but this new study published in the journal Sleep is applicable to the average person living in Victoria today. In this study, participants were assigned to groups and forced to get...

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Protect Your Mood This Fall/Winter

For many people, their mood and energy drop with the turning and falling of the Autumn leaves, and as I write this, wind and rain are lashing my window here in beautiful Victoria, B.C. If you are someone who has experience with this pattern, it can be difficult to...

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Incident Based Trauma

This Pique Post is a story from my life about an incident based trauma that I think really illustrates the far reaching effects it can have in a person’s life, and how these event(s) can be resolved through somatic therapy. There was a flash of white and I was sliding...

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Harnessing The Gift Of ADD/ADHD

We live in a society where many behaviours and natural variations of human experience are pathologized, so it was refreshing for me to come across an Opinion piece by Richard Friedman in the New York Times (November 16, 2014) that spoke of the benefits of ADD/ADHD. As...

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Cycle of Life Tour 2015

The Cycle of Life Tour is a 2 day, 200 km fundraising ride for Vancouver Island Hospice. Where this event is different than many is that 100% of money raised goes directly to Hospice- this is key for me. Last year, the 50 riders, of which I was one, raised $63,000, an...

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Cycling and ADHD

As a lifelong cyclist with Attention Deficient Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD), I was very excited to see some preliminary and promising research examining the effects of cycling on ADHD symptoms. Specialized Bicycle Company sponsored this research, which had 47 middle...

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Adult Attachment Interview Training

I recently returned from a two week intensive training in the Adult Attachment Interview (AAI) at the University of California, Berkeley, with Dr.’s Mary Main and Erik Hesse- two scholars who have devoted 30 years to expanding and refining this highly accurate...

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New Office

I am so excited to be in my new office- It’s in downtown Victoria at #2- 671 Fort Street, and it has everything that was on my wish list- large, airy, bright, wood floors, and a separate waiting room. I’ve been in it for a few weeks and the feedback I’ve received has...

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Choosing a Goal that is Right for You

With 2014 quickly fading to black, many people are thinking about what changes they want to make in their life in the New Year. The bad news is that most New Year’s resolutions fail, and the reason for the failure generally falls into two categories- a lack of...

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Could it be Trauma?

Trauma is a catch all term that often brings images of death, destruction and violence. More accurately, trauma is inherent in everyday life – car accidents, the death of a loved one, illness, medical diagnosis/procedures, bullying, invalidating relationships,...

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