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Apps That We Recommend For Mental Health

App & Print Resources Psychological First Aid Psychological First Aid The PFA Mobile app can assist responders who provide Psychological First Aid (PFA) to adults, families, and children. This app is helpful in that it talks about trauma in all ages and provides helpful education and links.

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EMDR Works. Here’s How We Know

EMDR References List of international guidelines and organizations recognizing the effectiveness of EMDR. American Psychiatric Association (2004).   Practice Guideline for the Treatment of Patients with Acute Stress Disorder and Posttraumatic Stress Disorder. Arlington, VA: American Psychiatric Association Practice Guidelines. EMDR is recommended as an effective treatment for trauma. Bleich, A., Kotler, M., Kutz, I., & Shalev,…

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The Most Helpful Mental Health Videos We Know About

Video Resources Below you will find a list of videos that we have found helpful for our clients. If you have any questions after viewing one or more of these videos, please feel free to contact us. As time allows, more videos will be added. Bruce Lipton – Videos Bruce H. Lipton, PhD is an internationally…

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Harnessing the Power of Stress

Our understanding of stress has come a long way over the last couple of decades; arguably much further than the daily practice of stress management for most people.Harmful effects of stress are well documented in scientific literature. High blood pressure, headaches, stomach problems and a compromised immune system are a few examples of what stress can do to us.Employers and policy makers are starting to pay attention. Stressed workers are more likely to be unhealthy, poorly motivated, less

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What is a Trigger

It may feel like your trauma symptoms come “out of the blue” but often they arise because of a trigger. To begin learning how to cope with triggers, it will be important to begin identifying what your triggers are. When talking about trauma, a trigger can be anything that reminds you of the trauma. It can be an object, a type of person, a place, a situation, a smell, a noise, a piece of music, or even a colour. A trigger may also be an action or particular activity you have to do…

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A New Twist on Anxiety-Reducing Self-Talk

If you are anything like the majority of us, then my guess is that when it’s important for you to make a positive or favorable impression in an upcoming social situation, then you likely experience some level of anxiety or stress. This can be especially true for you if you struggle with higher levels of anxiety in general or find it difficult to calm yourself when faced with stress. The social situations that may cause you to worry could be anything from meeting new people, arriving for a job…

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Logical Thinking can Benefit Us

It can be too easy to set ourselves up for more stress than what is actually occurring…and this can occur as a result of what we are thinking! When we don’t track our thoughts and we let them occur without any effort to monitor or question them, they can take on a negative spin that can lead us into negative thinking patterns (that will seem to happen automatically on their own and with minimal awareness), foul moods and self-deprecation. If we remain unaware of our thoughts, the reality is…

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Self Soothing Strategies – For Times of Distress.

While all of us experience stress, some of us have developed stronger skills at calming ourselves down and in being able to re-regulate our bodies and minds. The ability to soothe ourselves is vitally important as when we are relaxed, our ‘thinking brains’ (aka., frontal lobes) can do their job and come up with different ways to approach a particularly difficult situation while also preventing us from simply ‘reacting’ to a situation. When we react (i.e., yell, name call, say what we don’t…

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WCB – No Longer Need to Prove Where PTSD Comes From – Very Good News

Although Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) was already covered by Alberta’s Workers’ Compensation Board (WCB), as of December 10, 2010, coverage for PTSD became presumptive for some of Alberta’s first responders. This means that police officers, firefighters, emergency medical technicians, and sheriffs, no longer have the burden of proving their PTSD came as a result of their work. Instead, when these first responders are formally diagnosed with PTSD by a physician or psychologist, it will…

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