Posts by Samantha Pekh

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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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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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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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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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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When we begin to feel better, it can often be tempting to take on too many “self-improvement” goals or to try to commit to too many things at once. In this video, Samantha will discuss the importance of choosing 2-3 goals at a time, even if they are considered “small” goals – so movement towards mental health will continue…

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It is not always easy to know how to support children when they are grieving. Supporting them can become even more difficult when you are grieving yourself. In this video, Samantha will highlight some of the things you can do to support your child and help ensure they experience grief in a healthy way…

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On May 9, 2016, Michelle Black visited our group and she shared her own struggles with living with bipolar and the strategies that have helped her to manage her symptoms. More recently (Jan 2016) she found herself slipping back into depression, but due to sticking to her strategies (and with some extra support from her family), she was able to eventually climb back out of it. After her presentation, members were invited to send their unanswered questions. Michelle diligently answered these…

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Recently our province, Alberta, has been dealing with a major fire in Fort McMurray. Due to the size and destructive impact of this fire, many of the people living there have lost their homes and have had to be evacuated. This “Coping After Fire” series was created to address the concerns and questions that many people impacted by the fires now have. In this video, I will work you through some of the basic, but very important strategies that you can use to help your children cope after a house…

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