PTSD PTSD, Post Traumatic Stress Disorder, is well known as a common issue among people returning from war zones, or who have been exposed to significant trauma during natural disasters. COVID-19 It is now becoming clear that after a year of fighting the Covid-19 virus, physicians, nurses, first responders and other medical staff around the…

COVID-19 and Burnout For Health Care Professionals

    Vicarious Trauma, PTSD, Burnout   Some of the important outcomes of dealing with COVID-19  for healthcare professionals have been vicarious trauma, burnout and PTSD. There are plenty of effective strategies to cope with the stress and stay resilient if you are a healthcare professional.  On the  Anxiety Canada Website, you can find tools…

What feeling is that part of self-protecting you from experiencing

Dr. Dick Schwartz – the founder of Internal Family Systems created a theory that has helped thousands of people understand how our defences operate to prevent us from re-experiencing painful feelings. Everyone has different parts of self operating in different areas of our lives. A student part of self, a mother part of self, a…

Live EMDR Webinar June 17th, 1:00pm – 3:00pm PST

Live Webinar:   Case Conceptualization Using EMDR Phase One:  How to Complete an Effective Assessment for The Purpose of Developing Target Sequence Plans, Including Symptom Informed Plans to Treat PTSD For First Responders and Military. For the purpose of case conceptualization using EMDR, phase one is an important phase of EMDR. Without a thorough and complete assessment, target…

Crisis & Opportunity

https://youtu.be/qEkIG-XoRHo Hey everybody! Welcome to my video blog number two. My name is Crystal Arber. I’m a registered social worker, a registered clinical counsellor. Today I want to talk to you about the opportunity and about how crises are really opportunities turned upside down. It’s been my experience in my life, particularly when I reflect…

Video Blog Series Part One: How To Deal With Change

  Today’s video blog is going to be on change and the meaning of suffering. Today, I want to talk about Viktor Frankl who was a pretty remarkable and incredible man who taught us a lot about suffering. And he taught us a lot about what we actually do have control over in times where…

COVID-19 – what are you teaching us?

As I move through this crisis with all of you I am speechless and horrified all at the same time. I find myself moving into a state of immobilization and wanting to flee and then realizing that anywhere I run to, the crisis is still there. It reminds me of a saying “everywhere I go…

What the Heck is Poly Vagal?

Warning- for some people this will be difficult content to digest. Please consider a grounding exercise such as a mindfulness exercise or using temperature to the ground after you have read this article. Dr. Stephen Porges a researcher and scientist emphasizes the importance of bidirectional neurofeedback between body and brain. Porges emphasizes the importance of…

Adaptive Skills Learned in Childhood

What are the skills that you learned in your childhood that helped you meet your needs? For example, did you become the class clown to get attention from your caregiver? When people laughed at you did you feel special? Do you remember finally getting the attention that you deserved? Some children adapt to their family…