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Blaikie Psychotherapy

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When we feel good about ourselves, our mental health, and are able to cope with our lives’ challenges, we have a positive impact on our friends, family members, co-workers and anyone else we interact with. Blaikie Psychotherapy specializes in managing anxiety and depression, grief and loss, as well … read more

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7 Ways to Cope With Grief From the Loss of a Pet

February 1st, 2021


We encounter loss in all sorts of ways…the death of a loved one, the end of a friendship, the loss of a job… One that we often experience is the loss of a pet, either through death or the end of a relationship–and the …

The Benefits (and Challenges) of Slowing Down

November 23rd, 2020


Part of self-care is giving ourselves permission to slow down. But what does “slowing down” look like? I suggest that it will look different for everyone and that there is no shortage of resources to help us find our …

I’m Spinning…and So Is Everyone Else

November 9th, 2020


People who know me, are aware that I’m an avid wool spinner and knitter…but when I’m talking about “I’m Spinning…” in this episode’s title, I’m not …

The Precariousness of Balance…Especially During Covid-19

October 26th, 2020


Balance is a topic that has been coming up a lot recently, both personally and with clients. During this time of Covid-19, many of us are trying to figure out how to juggle the reality of daily existence while not …

The Journey, and Anxiety, Continues

October 12th, 2020


It has been quite a journey. Who knew that when our daily lives underwent an abrupt change in mid-March that we, now staring at mid-Fall, would still …

Are You Laughing? Humour and Health

September 28th, 2020


Humour is a funny thing (no pun intended!).  What one person thinks is hilarious, another person barely breaks a smile.  What counts as humour in one …

When Life Throws You a Curve Ball.

September 14th, 2020


You don’t have to do it all. Sometimes life throws us a curveball.  Maybe we have been diagnosed with a serious illness.  Our partner has ended the relationship or died.  Something else happens, and we suddenly find …

Looking for Patience in a Fast-Paced World

August 31st, 2020


Never cut a tree down in the wintertime. Never make a negative decision in the low time. Never make your most important decisions when you are in your worst moods. Wait. Be patient. The storm will pass. The spring will …

Boundaries Are Your Friend

August 17th, 2020


For anyone who has had to deal with a troublesome nearby resident, they can understand the truth in the old saying “Good fences make good …

Core Beliefs…We’ve All Got Them!

August 3rd, 2020


Core beliefs are the very essence of how we see ourselves, other people, the world, as well as the future.  Our core beliefs then inform how we operate in the world.

Let’s Go Fishing…and Learn Something

July 20th, 2020


“Give a man a fish and you feed him for a day; teach a man to fish and you feed him for a lifetime.”….Maimonides

When we are able to feed ourselves, whether by growing, fishing, hunting or foraging; there is a …

Relax! You’re Ok Just As You Are…

July 6th, 2020


The message we often get from media is that we’re not wonderful in our current form. There are times when we need to make changes in order to take …

The Editing of Address Books

June 22nd, 2020


As we continue our practice of physical distancing and social isolation during this time of COVID-19, certain things are obvious…we miss seeing our …

Resilience–A Gift From Hard Times

June 10th, 2020


What is psychological resilience?  The American Psychological Association (2017) defines resilience as “the process of adapting well in the face of …

Becoming a Wild Human

May 18th, 2020


Who doesn’t love wild fairy tales?  These stories have been a mainstay of many a child’s bedtime routine–introducing us to mythic characters while teaching  life lessons from the safety of our pillows.

Love in the Time of COVID-19

May 4th, 2020


So, in this swirl of anxiety, thoughts, fears and negative images; how will I cope?

And the Globe & Mail article I reference -

Are You Ready to Change? Let’s Find Out!

April 20th, 2020


One of the concepts in Buddhism is that ‘everything changes…nothing stays the same’.  While I have found this to be true, change can come in different ways.  Sometimes it’s foisted upon us, and sometimes we are the …

Is This Normal?

April 6th, 2020


Individually, we often come up with our personal idea of normal by looking and comparing ourselves to others.  That’s how we determine what is the …

Once We’re Gone…

March 23rd, 2020


Unless we are presented with an opportunity to think about our own death (a diagnosis, loss of a loved one, serious car accident), it isn’t something that most of us want to spend time doing.  If left to our own …

The Path to Forgiveness

March 9th, 2020


Let's explore the concept of forgiveness…What is it?  Who benefits?  Why is it important? And, most importantly, how do we do it?

Comings and Goings…The Circle of Life

February 24th, 2020


People come and go in our lives for a variety of reasons.  Sometimes it’s because we meet a new friend, or a relationship ends.  Maybe we’re the ones coming and going as we change jobs or move to a new city.  At some …

The Ground Beneath Our Feet: Coping with Grief and Loss

February 13th, 2020


One of the great illusions that we hang on to as humans is that the earth beneath our feet is solid.   However, science, and our awareness of …

Grief: What's the Rush

January 6th, 2020


Today's podcast talks about the nature of "closure" and the grief journey.

Art Therapy and Mental Health…Have you Doodled Today?

December 9th, 2019


The Canadian Association of Art Therapy describes art therapy as “the combination of the creative process and psychotherapy, facilitating …

Anxiety Disorders and Ankles

November 25th, 2019


When I told a friend the topic for today's podcast, she was understandably confused…if you feel the same, please stay with me, it will make sense!

Advice on Panic Attacks (from someone who knows…)

November 11th, 2019


If you’ve never had a panic attack, you’re fortunate. 

Today's podcast talks about panic attacks and gives some techniques to use to help manage them.

So What?

October 28th, 2019


The "So What" game can help you manage your anxiety

Let’s Be Kind to Ourselves

October 14th, 2019


Talking about the voice in your head that tells you you're not good enough.

Are You In a State of Lykke?

September 30th, 2019


Happiness and a wonderful find at the library.

6 Simple Things You Can Do To Improve Your Mental Health

September 16th, 2019


Six simple techniques to help you manage anger, sadness or anxiety in the moment.

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Depression comes in many types - meet Dysthymia

September 4th, 2019


Dysthymia (also known as Persistent Depressive Disorder or PDD) affects up to 6% of the general population with women being three times more likely …

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