Client Resources

I provide counselling to all communities in Greater Vancouver including Surrey, White Rock, Burnaby, Richmond, New Westminster, Delta, Coquitlam, Langley, Abbotsford, Mission, and Maple Ridge.

Resources

Harvelle Hendrix’s Imago recipe for an everlasting relationship
Be KIND

Practice these four skills to develop strength, connection and lasting love in your relationship:

Know that your partner is not you! Accept & embrace the differences. Be an advocate for your partner’s separate reality and potential.

Increase your appreciation of your partner! Tell your partner, daily, what you appreciate about him/her.

No negativity! Make your relationship a sacred space by removing all negativity.

Dialogue always! Practice the Imago dialogue until it becomes second nature.

John Gottman’s “Four Horseman of the Apocalypse”

Are you experiencing any of the following in your relationship?

  • Criticism: negativity about your partner’s character
  • Contempt: sarcasm, cynicism, name-calling, eye-rolling, & mockery
  • Defensiveness: blaming & attacking your partner
  • Stonewalling: tuning out, disengaging from, & avoiding your partner

After studying marriages for 16 years, relationship expert John Gottman identified that the above four communication habits in a relationship predict future divorce with amazing accuracy. If you are experiencing even one of these on a regular basis in your relationship, therapy would be beneficial to prevent the pain and stress that come with letting it go unchecked.

Qmunity Vancouver

QMUNITY is what happens when queer, trans, and Two-Spirit folks looking for a sense of community come together.

Sources Community

Is a community-based non-profit organization. We have been providing help, encouragement and hope for individuals and families in White Rock, Surrey, Delta, Langley, Prince George, Parksville and beyond for over 40 years.

Divorce Coaching

A NO-COURT APPROACH to Separation and Divorce
Collaborative Divorce is a respectful approach to resolving family disputes … together

Imago Workshop

This 20 hour Imago workshop, developed by Harville Hendrix (Oprah’s favourite therapist), has been offered worldwide to over 100,000 people. It is open to all couples of all sexual orientations, whether you are in a solid relationship, navigating a shaky one or in distress.

Berkeley’s Parenting Videos

This is a great channel to subscribe to.

The Imago Dialogue

Dr. Ben Cohen gives practical advice to couples looking to improve their communication.

Oprah & Imago

How Your Childhood Affects Your Adult Relationships | Oprah’s Lifeclass | Oprah Winfrey Network

Brené Brown

Brené Brown studies human connection — our ability to empathize, belong, love. In a poignant, funny talk at TEDxHouston, she shares a deep insight from her research, one that sent her on a personal quest to know herself as well as to understand humanity.

The Polyvagal Theory

What is trauma exactly? Or the ever-elusive concept known as the “flow state”? And why do some people just flat-out creep us out? It can all be explained by the autonomic nervous system — our body’s autopilot that keeps our heart beating, our lungs breathing, and our gut digesting; without us even thinking about it. The Polyvagal Theory is a new understanding of how our nervous system works, and explains everything from trauma, to the very essence of social behavior; while shedding light on possible treatments for autism and trauma. You’ll never think of your body and brain the same way again.

Zero Negativity Kit

Geared toward couples who have some experience with Imago theory, this kit will track your progress in removing negativity from your relationship and facilitate the experience of transformation. It provides a procedure on how to monitor your relationship to regulate your negative exchanges and how to repair your relationship when you digress from connecting into negativity.

Love Language Quiz

Take the 5 Love Languages® official assessment to discover your love language and begin improving your relationships. Your love language profile will explain your primary love language, what it means, and how you can use it to connect to others.

An Introduction to Imago

At some point in their relationship, couples often find themselves struggling with anger and shock, despair and sadness. Some are newlyweds, and can’t understand how they have plummeted from the heights of love and glory into a swamp of
hopelessness and conflict.

About Sensorimotor Psychotherapy

Sensorimotor Psychotherapy provides clients with tools to deal with disturbing bodily reactions, and they frequently report feeling increasingly safe as they begin to learn how to limit the amount of
information they must process at any given moment by focusing attention on sensation.

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Grace McDonald

1480 Foster Street #26 White Rock, BC V4B 3X7

grace@gracemcdonald.ca

A Tribute to Anne Walsh

Anne is a local talented artist who lives in Crescent Beach, and her paintings capture the beauty of our community. I’m honored to have her work on my website, to illustrate the importance of taking care of your family.

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