About Honeycomb Counselling & Wellness
A Heart-Centered Practice
Building strong therapeutic relationships grounded in deep compassion is at the forefront of our practice. At Honeycomb, we understand that everyone has a unique constellation of life struggles and that every individual responds differently to these challenges due to many factors at play - our biology, our temperament and our life experiences have all shaped who we are today. It is with this foundational understanding that our practitioners bring intentionality, kindness, non-judgment, experience and skill into all of the relationships we build with clients.
"Listen To The Wind - It Talks
Listen To The Silence - It Speaks.
Listen To Your Heart - It Knows.”
- Native American Proverb
Secure Attachment and Co-Regulation are the Foundation of Self-Regulation
“There is a prevailing myth that we need to push our kids to be more independent and that inspiring them to depend on us prevents healthy development. What developmental science has consistently demonstrated is that when a child is deeply rooted in satiating relationships the bias in the child shifts from pursuing their attachment needs and goes toward maturing, exploring, learning, and discovery. In short, attachment doesn't slow growth, it accelerates it.”
- Deborah Macnamara, PhD
We know that learning to regulate our emotional and physiological states takes time and the compassionate, regulated support of a loved one. However, despite our best intentions as parents, it is not always easy to be the calm, compassionate presence our children need us to be. Parenting sensitive children and adolescents with diverse needs can be exhausting and requires physical and emotional endurance. Ultimately, parents need support to continue to take on this advanced level of caregiving. Our team can help you learn to resource yourself first so that you can show up for your child in a way that supports healthy emotional regulation and positive relational development.
Our Neurobiology Drives Our Behaviour
"If you want to improve the world, start by making people feel safer.”
- Stephen Porges
We all have a unique nervous system with its own unique history. The level of emotional and sensory sensitivity within our system has a significant influence on how we experience ourselves and others. Understanding our behaviour as a response to the state of our nervous system, can provide us with the foundation needed to establish a more kind and compassionate understanding of why we do what we do and why we may be stuck in unhelpful emotional, relational patterns. Learning to be responsive to the needs of your nervous system and how to move into regulation within your body will ultimately lead to new adaptive patterns and ways of being in the world.
Food as Medicine. The Connection Between Nutrition and Mental Health
"Speak kindly to your body in a loving way. It’s the only one you’ve got, it’s your home, and it deserves your respect.”
- Iskra Lawrence
Only in the last few decades are we realizing the vital role that nutrition plays in supporting both our mental and physical well-being. We now know much more about the significant connection between the health of our gut microbiome and our brain.
Ever had a feeling of butterflies in your stomach or experience digestive issues when you feel worried and anxious? This is because there is likely an imbalance in the good and bad bacteria in your gut resulting in a lack of functional support for your neurotransmitters (the body’s chemical messengers) to signal safety to your brain. It makes sense that when we are unable to access a calm and safe state within our body, our mental health suffers.
Whether you’re curious about how your own nutrition could be optimized or you are faced with the daunting task of supporting your child through an eating disorder, our experienced dietitians are here to support you and your family every step of the way.