Podcast


by Dr. Monica Vermani

Podcast


by Dr. Monica Vermani

No More Numbing!

July 26th, 2021

No More Numbing!

How to stop numbing your feelings and let go of past hurts

By Dr. Monica Vermani, C. Psych, Clinical Psychologist

Life is a series of experiences. Some make us feel loved, appreciated, supported, and capable. These we label as good. Those experiences we label as bad fill us with shame, fear, anger, envy or dread, and leave us feeling, defeated, abandoned, unloved, and alone. Rather than process and let go of negative experiences, we often choose instead to distract ourselves and bury our pain. But buried pain has a way of showing up when we least expect it! Let’s explore why and how we avoid negative emotions, and how we can put our past hurts to rest and create the life we want.

July 19th, 2021

A Most Valuable Lesson in Chemistry!

By Dr. Monica Vermani, C. Psych, Clinical Psychologist

Finding that undefinable spark with a new partner is like looking for a needle in a haystack. We don’t know how to describe it or how we’ll find it, but we’re certain we’ll know it when it comes along. Let’s look at the laws of attraction and explore what personal chemistry truly is. What draws us to others? And what should we be looking for when we want a relationship that will stand the test of time?

A Most Valuable Lesson
in Chemistry!

Right Now Poem

By Dr. Monica Vermani, C. Psych, Clinical Psychologist

Stop for a moment and calm your thoughts.

Let go of your anxieties and look around you.

What do you see?

You see a world filled with beauty.

July 12th, 2021

Putting the past where it belongs!

By Dr. Monica Vermani, C. Psych, Clinical Psychologist

When it comes to the past, we’ve all been there… caught in the negative loops of replaying past hurts, regrets, and disappointments. But the past is just the past, and that’s exactly where it belongs. It’s important to move forward, and be present in our life. Let’s explore how we can begin to put the past exactly where it belongs, in the past!

Putting the past where it
belongs!

July 5th, 2021

You and your schemas

By Dr. Monica Vermani, C. Psych, Clinical Psychologist

We’ve all got them. We use them every day. We revise and make new ones all the time. Some of them help us, and some of them do more harm than good. Let’s explore schemas, how they work for us, how they sometimes get in the way, and what we can do to keep our schemas working for, rather than against us.

You and your schemas

June 28th, 2021

Making Our Faith Bigger Than Our Fear  

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By Dr. Monica Vermani, C. Psych, Clinical Psychologist

In uncertain times, such as the current protracted global COVID-19 crisis, fears and anxieties can run rampant. And no wonder! Not knowing what the future holds, our anxieties around what lies ahead may leave us doubting our ability to cope. Let’s explore how we can strive to make our faith in our ability to handle whatever comes our way bigger than our fear of what the future may hold.

Guided Meditation

Making Our Faith Bigger Than Our Fear  

June 14th, 2021

The purpose of suffering

By Dr. Monica Vermani, C. Psych, Clinical Psychologist

It’s part of life. We all suffer losses, disappointments, failures, and trauma. We all go through pain and hurts at some point in our lives. When we realize the true purpose of our suffering, we can use it as a means of releasing ourselves from situations that no longer serve us. And we

can move forward and build a stronger, better life for ourselves.

The purpose of suffering

June 7th, 2021

Mirror, Mirror!    How the people in our world reveal ourselves to us

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By Dr. Monica Vermani, C. Psych, Clinical Psychologist

We all have aspects of ourselves that are hidden to us, weaknesses, unresolved issues, and challenges buried deep. The people we meet as we move through life, hold up mirrors that reflect back to us who we are. When we understand how to truly see what others reveal to us, we can learn, flourish, be authentic and grow.

Guided Meditation

Mirror, Mirror! 

May 31th, 2021

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The Power of No

By Dr. Monica Vermani, C. Psych, Clinical Psychologist

Many times, we find ourselves saying yes when we wish we could say no … to a request for help from a family member, friend, or colleague. No matter how big the imposition or request — or how much it impacts our plans, monopolizes our time, or drains our energies —we struggle sometimes

with saying no! Let’s examine why we find that little word so hard to say, and learn to embrace the power of no!

Guided Meditation

The Power of No

May 24th, 2021

You… Unlimited

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By Dr. Monica Vermani, C. Psych, Clinical Psychologist

Often, without realizing it, we are our own worst enemies. We believe that we’re not smart enough, attractive enough, or worthy of what we want most in life. By understanding where our self-limiting beliefs come from and recognizing their negative impacts on our lives, we can start to overcome them and see our potential to attain the happiness and success we want for ourselves!

Guided Meditation

You… Unlimited!

May 17th, 2021

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What Lies Beneath

By Dr. Monica Vermani, C. Psych, Clinical Psychologist

Ever wonder what underlies negative emotions, like anger? Learning to look beneath ‘blanket’ emotions, like anger, can lead to a deeper, more compassionate, and more authentic understanding of ourselves and others. 

Guided Meditation

What Lies Beneath

May 10th, 2021

To Sleep, To Sleep!

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By Dr. Monica Vermani, C. Psych, Clinical Psychologist

In our over-scheduled and over-stimulated lives, not getting enough sleep is the least of our worries. More often than not, it’s the first thing we sacrifice when we’re faced with looming deadlines, anxiety, unexpected demands, or tasks. What’s the big deal? We’ll catch up later, right? Not so! Let’s explore the importance of sleep and game-changing strategies to help you get a good night’s rest. 

Guided Meditation

To Sleep, To Sleep!

May 3th, 2021

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The Power of Compassion

By Dr. Monica Vermani, C. Psych, Clinical Psychologist

Challenging times can make for some very trying encounters. It’s when the going gets tough that the true value of having compassion for others comes into sharp focus. Compassion is more than a thought, it’s action. Let’s look at the game-changing value of compassion, and explore the challenges and rewards of mindfully bringing in compassion where it is needed most.

Guided Meditation

The Power of Compassion

April 26th, 2021

What Goes Up Must Come Down - Part 2

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By Dr. Monica Vermani, C. Psych, Clinical Psychologist

00:00 / 07:43

In Part I of this article, we examined how the cycle of anxiety and panic builds over time, with negative memories fueling anticipatory anxiety, which in turn can lead to full-on panic attacks. Here, we explore how high anxiety, feared situations and panic attacks impact our lives, and how we can face our worst-case-scenarios head-on and conquer our fears 

Guided Meditation

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What Goes Up Must Come Down-Part 2

April 19th, 2021

What Goes Up Must Come Down - Part 1

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By Dr. Monica Vermani, C. Psych, Clinical Psychologist

00:00 / 08:37

In this two-part feature, we will explore the cycle of panic, what it looks like, how it plays out, how to navigate feared or dreaded situations, and how we can conquer our most dreaded scenarios. 

Guided Meditation

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What Goes Up Must Come Down-Part 1

April 12th, 2021

The Ripple Effect

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By Dr. Monica Vermani, C. Psych, Clinical Psychologist

00:00 / 08:41

We’ve heard it time and time again! Our thoughts matter. With a dramatic increase in a sense of isolation, anxiety, and fear as the lingering effects of COVID-19 continue to take their toll on our mental health, more than ever, our thoughts matter. Let’s look at the upside and downside of positive thinking, and why and how our thoughts matter and play out.

Guided Meditation

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The Ripple Effect

April 5th, 2021

Feeling, Healing and Growth

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By Dr. Monica Vermani, C. Psych, Clinical Psychologist

00:00 / 08:30

Life is a series of experiences. When these experiences are positive, all’s well. But negative experiences are a whole different story. They can stir up a whole range of negative, uncomfortable memories and emotions. Rather than sit with and experience negative feelings, we often seek to ’numbing’ these feelings with alcohol, shopping, drugs, food, or other distracting and sometimes risky endeavours. Understanding why we seek to numb negative emotions and learning how to navigate through and clear negative emotions are essential to navigating unpleasant memories and uncomfortable feelings as they arise.

Guided Meditation

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Feeling, Healing and Growth

March 29, 2021

Give From Your Overflow… Not From Your Well!

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By Dr. Monica Vermani, C. Psych, Clinical Psychologist

00:00 / 07:12

Sometimes we step up to lend a helping hand to a friend, family member or colleague in need. While helping others is kind, caring and selfless — and is generally a good thing — at times, our good intentions get the better of us, and lead to patterns of behaviour and situations where we find ourselves giving and helping too much. We over-extend, deplete and exhaust ourselves. Let’s look at the interplay between giving, taking and the importance of making sure we have the time, energy and mindset to care for our own needs.

Guided Meditation

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Give From Your Overflow…