Dena Samimi-Ward, Registered Psychologist, is a member of the PsychSolutions team. Among other areas of focus, she specializes in couple’s counselling. In this interview, Dena describes what couples counselling is and when it needed. 1. What does couple’s counselling mean to you as a psychologist? Couple’s therapy is about creating a safe space for couples…

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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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Anika looked out of the window and saw the garbage crew picking up garbage from every neighbour, but not theirs. She slammed the dishwasher shut hard enough to rattle all the dishes and cutlery, turned round, and screeched at her husband. “You didn’t bother to put the garbage out! Again!” Think about that statement for…

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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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photo by Tatiana Rodriguez

You’re tired yet you can’t fall asleep. Or you can’t stay asleep. Maybe your mind starts racing as soon as you go to bed or you feel restless, as though you need to move around. Maybe you are so tired you have difficulty focusing at work or you’re irritated with everyone in the daytime. Your…

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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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Insomnia is vicious. It not only deprives you of sleep, it leads to all kinds of other issues, from increased anxiety through difficulty staying awake and functioning effectively in the daytime to irritability, mood swings, and just feeling unwell. Prolonged insomnia may also lead to or aggravate chronic illness. So, how do you know if…

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Over 50% of adults report regular problems with sleeping – are you one of them? While ongoing sleep problems require identifying and treating the cause(s), here are 17 tips to help you fall asleep faster. Avoid caffeine in the evenings-stick to non-caffeinated coffee, herbal tea, water, etc. Don’t drink alcohol in the evenings. Don’t go…

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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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