It’s difficult to restart your life every two or three years. Some of my clients identify themselves as “trailing spouses.” They use this term to indicate that they have followed their husband or wife, either across Canada or around the world, moving whenever their partner’s job demanded that they … [Read more...] about Trailing spouses and depression
Negotiate a severance package. It's worth the effort. It’s not uncommon for a new client to contact me, panicked, because their employer is about to terminate their job. I have seen this happen with people whose positions have ranged from CEO or CFO to Administrative Assistant. When someone is in … [Read more...] about What to do when you’ve been fired without just cause
Don’t confine yourself to looking at job ads. Looking for a hidden job will expand the possibilities. Perhaps you want to change jobs. Maybe you’ve recently been let go and are looking for a job. Maybe you’ve voluntarily left a job in search of new opportunities but are having difficulty finding … [Read more...] about Why can’t I find a job?
Finding yourself newly out of work is stressful. Often, when a person has been fired from their job, they experience low self-esteem and a drop in confidence. If this is your situation, you may want to read about What it means when you’ve been fired. Many times, these individuals are counselled by … [Read more...] about What to do when you’ve been fired
Most people assume you've done something to deserve being terminated. There is an assumption of guilt. As a psychologist with over 20 years of experience, I have worked with many clients who have been fired from their jobs. Many feel ashamed and embarrassed. Many are also confused by what has … [Read more...] about What does it mean when you get fired?
It seems we all feel pressured to fit more into each day. Whether it’s at work or at home, there don’t seem to be enough hours to get everything done. But if you think you can get more done by ignoring the needs of your brain and your body, think again. The constant pressure catches up to you at … [Read more...] about A simple recipe for a good night’s sleep
Use simple physical and cognitive strategies to stop a Panic Attack. When a person has a Panic Attack, the level of adrenaline, which is a stress hormone, increases in their bloodstream. Adrenaline is responsible for the physical symptoms you experience during a Panic Attack, including accelerated … [Read more...] about Strategies to stop a Panic Attack
Most people are unable to identify the trigger when they have a Panic Attack. Most people that experience Panic Attacks try to identify what triggers the attacks, especially if they have had several and want to be able to avoid the next one. The majority of people, however, are unable to identify … [Read more...] about Learn what triggers a Panic Attack
Many people visit the Emergency Room when they experience their first Panic Attack. Many people that experience a Panic Attack for the first time visit the Emergency Room at the nearest hospital because they fear they are having a heart attack. The Emergency Room physician assesses them because … [Read more...] about Panic Attacks: Why they make sense from an evolutionary perspective
A Panic Attack is an adrenaline rush: Your body believes it has seen a grizzly bear and reacts accordingly. Years ago, when I worked directly in physicians’ offices, I was asked to see five or six new clients each week that presented with Panic Attacks. At least 10 percent of people experience … [Read more...] about How psychologists diagnose and treat Panic Attacks