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Psychologists are taught to help their clients get over a fear of snakes during their first year of graduate school. This topic of taught in undergrad psychology classes, too, because the theory is pretty straight forward. Few of us get the opportunity to help people get over their fears of snakes, or cats or dogs, […] Continue Reading

Some problems are tougher to solve than others. Knowing when you’re up against a difficult one is helpful because you can be more patient with yourself as you look for a solution. Knowing you have a tough problem on your hands lets you adopt a more forgiving philosophy that centres on the knowledge that “this is going […] Continue Reading

It’s not an accident that the word “pain” is used to refer to both physical discomfort and emotional discomfort. The way I think about pain is that people will feel it physically if they don’t – or are unable to –  feel it emotionally. People that experienced developmental trauma (meaning neglect and abuse as children) […] Continue Reading

I can understand why some people are afraid to fly. I personally don’t like turbulence when I’m in an airplane. It’s easy to let my imagination run wild and think that the plane will somehow fall out of the sky. But here’s the thing. Planes don’t crash. Not statistically. This particular topic came to mind as […] Continue Reading

A significant number of the clients I counsel experience muscle tension and neck pain, and can benefit from seeing a physiotherapist. A physiotherapist that I work closely with recently shared that all the clients I refer to him from my practice have the same problem with muscle tension when they first arrive at his office. […] Continue Reading

Health Psychologist, Dr. Kelly McGonigal, gives a talk titled How To Make Stress Your Friend in this popular and thought provoking TedTalk. McGonigal asserts that how you view stress influences how stress impacts you. She states that the harmful effects of stress are not inevitable. Take a look […] Continue Reading

Benzodiazepines are a class of pharmaceutical drugs that are commonly prescribed to people suffering from anxiety. Commonly prescribed benzodiazepines include Xanax (Alprazolam), Valium (Diazepam), Klonopin (Clonazepam), and Ativan (Lorazepam). Benzodiazepines are most appropriate when prescribed for short periods to help people cope with acute anxiety rather than chronic anxiety. For example, benzodiazepines are helpful immediately after […] Continue Reading

I am asked by many of my clients for tips on how to help them relax. They come to me for counselling because they are exhausted and overworked. Many of them share the habit of coming home after a long day’s work, sitting down in front of the television, and staying there until they are ready […] Continue Reading

When a person has a panic attack, the levels of adrenaline and cortisol, which are both stress hormones, increase in the bloodstream. Increases in stress hormone levels are responsible for the physical symptoms you might experience during a panic attack; accelerated heart rate, sweating or trembling, and shortness of breath. When a person has a […] Continue Reading

It makes sense that most people who experience panic attacks try to identify what triggers the attacks, but the vast majority of people are unable to identify the trigger or triggers on their own. The story of “Little Albert,” a nine-month-old orphan who was the subject of a research study conducted by Watson and Rayner […] Continue Reading

Panic attacks begin to make sense when we consider how our bodies physically respond when we are confronted with a real or perceived threat. For example, consider how your body would respond if you were out picking blackberries in the wilderness and you heard a branch snap. You might interpret the sound of a snapping […] Continue Reading

Many clients who consult a psychologist for panic attacks require only two therapy sessions. In the first session, the psychologist will explain what panic attacks are and how to dismantle future attacks if they occur. During the second visit, the psychologist usually checks in with the client to ensure he or she has been able to stop subsequent […] Continue Reading

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