Tips for Navigating the Mental Health System and Finding the Best Fit

How do I know if investing in private practice mental health support is right for me?

To help you answer this question here is a breakdown of costs and benefits of various mental health service options that may be available to you.

The following is a breakdown based on this writer’s experience within the mental health field (within the geographical area of Calgary Alberta, Canada) .The following article is not meant as a diagnosis or to say what is right for you given your individual circumstances. And it is not a substitute for seeking your own qualified medical advice. Use your own […]

4 Tips for Navigating Tough Times with Grace

Check out my Editorial with the ACE Class for the full article:

4 Tips for Navigating Tough Times with Grace 

Why I stoped setting New Years Resoultions

Personally, I made the conscious choice to stop setting New Years resolutions many years ago. It is not that I don’t believe in setting goals or making a conscious effort to be our personal best. It is just that I don’t believe that putting so much pressure on one time of year above any other time, is really all that helpful. After all, by early February you only have to look at the declining attendance at any fitness centre to see how effective those January goals often really are.

The rebound from the holidays and times of indulgence often can set […]

Read this When Reality Really Sucks

There are times in all of our lives when reality really sucks. When things do not turn out how we have hoped. The task of recognizing and accepting reality can be heart breaking.
We can cling too tightly to our dreams and best laid plans.

To our thoughts and adamant desires of how things ‘should’ be.
It might be the relationship we are hoping will get better (but it isn’t)
The toxic ‘friendship’
The abusive or bullying work environment
The sadness and isolation of relationships rifts and unhealthy patterns
The pain of addiction, (our own or those we love)
Financial stressors and times when our income does not […]

How do I help someone else (who does not want help or is not willing to take steps for themselves)?

As a registered psychologist, I occasionally receive requests from a family member or friend who would like to schedule an appointment for someone they care about. Due to the ethical regulations of my profession I do need informed consent to connect with any adult who is not a legal dependant. At times, the person for whom the concern is about may not be aware that their loved one is calling on their behalf. If this person is an adult, their own legal guardian, and they are unable to unwilling to seek support, there is nothing I can do to force […]

3 Key Stages in my own Journey as a Highly Sensitive Person and Empath

1) Figuring out that I am a Highly Sensitive Person/Empath:

One of the major ‘ah-ha’ moments in my life occurred during an Intuitive Development workshop when I realized that my entire physical and emotional experience would shift and change as I directed my attention to the person I was partnered with for the exercises. Receiving feedback from other people that I was experiencing exactly how they were feeling, was a major eye opener. These were people that I did not know before the class and rationally could not know what was going on in their world. So it could not just […]

The Truth about Boundaries

Boundaries can get a bad rap.

What they are not about (but are often confused with):

Being selfish (its all about me, me, me!)
Shutting others out or not caring (it possible to still care deeply for someone but to love yourself enough to stay true to you)
Aggression, being harsh or otherwise mean (there are times when a more firm type of energy is called for but more often we can set strong, firm boundaries in a soft and loving way)

The downside of not honouring our boundaries:

We want to be ‘nice’ and not rock the boat, we keep quiet, we put up with […]

The Difference between Intuitive Experiences and Psychosis

Often people are hesitant to talk about intuitive experiences and may be afraid to further explore their own intuitive gifts for fear of being labeled or actually ‘going crazy’. For these reasons I think it is important to speak to the difference between psychosis types of experiences and the intuitive .

Symptoms of psychosis based on the DSM-IV include both ‘positive’ and ‘negative’ symptoms. This does not refer to ‘good or bad’ but in the sense of symptoms where something is added to everyday experience or something is taken away.

Positive symptoms of an episode of psychosis can include delusions (paranoia, fear, […]

When is it time to work with Someone? The True Cost of Doing it all on your own.

When we are considering making any change or investment in our lives a big question that comes up is around “but aren’t I managing this ok on my own”? or “I can figure this out on my own”.

I think this is rooted in a deeper cultural issue of rugged individualism. The premise is that we are somehow flawed or lacking if we cannot ‘do it all on our own’.
Enlisting support is often a significant investment, of time, money and energy. This is often an objection to investing in therapy and personal growth. And I get it, I have been there […]

Intuition Development

One of the most common questions I receive from people when I speak on the subject of intuition development is how to learn how to listen to and work with their own intuition.

I believe that the ability to know and receive information beyond the confines of our rational mind is something we all have the ability to access and is a skill we can further develop with continued practice.

Intuition is not a rare phenomenon, it has been my experience that it is actually more rare to find someone who has never had a experience that could be considered to be […]