Posts by Samantha Pekh

Beating the Post-Holiday Blues

In a video offered by The Lung Association, Alberta & NWT, Samantha Pekh, Registered Psychologist, discusses mental health and several strategies for a healthy and successful 2021.

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Pandemic Stress & Coping with 2020 Holiday Restrictions

In a video offered by The Lung Association, Alberta & NWT, Samantha discusses the stress of the pandemic and how different things are this holiday season can take a real toll on our mental health. Please look after yourself and check in regularly on those you can’t be with.

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A Light in the Darkness Christmas Memorial Service – Offered by Park Memorial Funeral Homes, Edmonton and area, AB

Click on this link to watch the service video In a video offered by Park Memorial Funeral Home, Samantha discusses some ideas on how to support grieving children through the holidays. Additional Resources for Coping with Grief During the Holidays: https://psychsolutions.ca/samantha-pekh-edmonton…/ Grief.comGRIEF & THE HOLIDAYS: Dealing With the Painhttps://grief.com/grief-the-holidays Center for Loss & Life TransitionHelping…

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How to Support Someone Who is Feeling Suicidal

When someone we love is feeling suicidal, it often creates a lot of distress for us as well. We may worry about what to say, saying the wrong thing, or making things worse. We may feel incredibly uncomfortable talking about the topic and attempt to divert the conversation onto another topic or make light of what our loved one is trying to express. If we feel really uncomfortable sitting with our loved one and listening to what they are trying to express, we may find ourselves too quickly moving…

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WE’RE MOVING BACK TO IN-OFFICE APPOINTMENTS!

Some of our therapists now offer in-office appointments again, while continuing to offer video and telephone sessions. Most of our clients have found video and telephone appointments effective and highly beneficial and we will continue to offer them. Some clients prefer in-office appointments and we are pleased to be able to provide them again. Here’s…

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What is EMDR?

EMDR stands for Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing. That’s a mouthful, for sure. It means moving your eyes in a rapid yet rhythmic way while recalling a traumatic event. Doing so helps reduce the intensity of your emotions and sometimes the bodily sensations you associate with that event. The therapist will guide you to shift…

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How to Talk about the Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19) with Kids

1. Be Informed and Share the Facts. Explain to your children that COVID-19 is a new disease and that we are still learning about it. Researchers are collecting lots of information so we can understand it better and countries are working together and sharing this information. Then explain the following: We know it is passed…

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World Suicide Prevention Day – Sept 10, 2016

September is a month full of activity that includes not only seasonal changes and a new school year, but also many different days of recognition and awareness campaigns. Being a psychologist I may be biased, but I believe that mental health awareness efforts are among the most important!Even if not directly identified, mental health plays a large factor in many of the other awareness campaigns; whether they are focused on improving physical health or eating habits, combating disease, reducing…

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