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Category Archives: General

How well does telepsychology work?

October 27, 2021 | General, Therapeutic Process

In the changing landscape of a pandemic, our work as mental health providers became more essential than ever before. Technology allowed us to continue supporting people through lockdowns and social distancing. And yet, it’s understandable when people are reluctant about it and wonder: how well does telepsychology work? For a lot of people, the use…

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Suicide prevention: Three things you need to know

September 09, 2021 | General, Social Justice

September 10th is World Suicide Prevention Day, with the whole month dedicated to Suicide Prevention Awareness. I want to take the opportunity to talk about this topic, as it’s an important part of mental health, and tell you three things about suicide that you need to know. Statistically speaking, suicide is the 9th leading cause…

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Having hope as a rebellion

August 10, 2021 | General, Mind, Social Justice, Society

I was recently chatting with two very good friends about systemic problems that have been bringing us down. We talked about the anguish around the climate emergency and anxiety over the disappearing COVID-19 regulations in our province, among others. In my conversation with them, we found our way to the issue of hope. How do…

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Celebrating International Self-Care Day [+ free meditation!]

July 24, 2021 | General, Handouts, Self Care

Today we’re celebrating International Self-Care Day! This date was established in 2011 by the Global Self-Care Federation (GSCF), with the World Health Organization (WHO) declaring the month leading up to it as Self-Care Month in 2020. Do you know why they picked July 24th? Because self-care is important 24 hours a day, the 7 days…

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How to create change without shaming yourself

July 05, 2021 | Anxiety, General, Therapeutic Process

When we’re interested in personal growth, we recognize that there are things about ourselves we want to change or improve: it could be traits, behaviours, attitudes, or mindsets we hold. However, sometimes, the way we approach this is by beating ourselves up for being who we are today. In the video below, I talk about…

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How we can support Indigenous Peoples’ wellness

June 21, 2021 | General, Social Justice, Society

In honour of Indigenous History Month and National Indigenous Peoples Day, I wanted to talk about how we can support Indigenous Peoples’ wellness as healthcare professionals, and the importance of cultural competency. These dates aim to celebrate the culture, experiences and contributions of First Nations, Inuit and Métis peoples and learn more about their history….

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Basic Emotions: Their meaning and need

May 26, 2021 | Emotions, General

If you remember, we started off the month with Canadian Mental Health Week (in the US it’s Mental Health Awareness Month, too). The theme this year was “understanding our emotions” and, since that’s one of my favourite topics, I decided to talk about it all through May. In my last post, I told you what…

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Understanding our emotions

May 03, 2021 | Emotions, General

It’s Canadian Mental Health Week! This year’s theme is understanding our emotions and we’re here for it. I love asking my clients, why do you think we have emotions? When I do, I get anything from a blank stare of confusion to very intuitive answers. As part of the ensuing conversation, we usually discuss how…

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Negotiating between Authenticity and Attachment

April 14, 2021 | Connection, General

I attended a presentation once with Dr. Gabor Maté where he said something to the effect of, “we are always negotiating between authenticity and attachment”. It was a casual mention; a random thought in an larger argument: how our history influences not only our mental health, but also the health of our bodies. Although I…

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Racial discrimination: What we can do

March 21, 2021 | General, Social Justice, Society

March 21st is International Day for the Elimination of Racial Discrimination. This date also kickstarts a Week of Solidarity with the Peoples Struggling Against Racism and Racial Discrimination. It commemorates the 1960 massacre in Sharpeville, South Africa, where police killed 69 people at a peaceful demonstration against the apartheid pass laws. Talking about racial discrimination…

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