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May 16th, 2022

Generalized Anxiety Disorder

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

Generalized Anxiety Disorder, also known as GAD, is the term used to identify people suffering from excessive levels of worry, over-thinking, and anxiety over several areas of their lives for a prolonged period of time. As its name suggests, generalized anxiety does not limit itself to one or two areas of life — it is chronic worry about real life concerns and it can be quite understandably and expectedly — distressing, like a challenging health diagnosis or a high-pressure career phase.

Generalized Anxiety Disorder

May 9th, 2022

What Goes Up Must Come Down - Part 2

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

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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

May 9th, 2022

What Goes Up Must Come Down - Part 1

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

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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

May 2th, 2022

Putting problems on the table

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

When we’re feeling overwhelmed, or our lives feel like they are out of control, we struggle to understand what’s happening. And we’re often at a complete loss as to how to deal with our problems. It’s important to become aware of how to identify problems that show up in our lives, how our problems show up as physical symptoms and negative thoughts and behaviors, and how these areas are interconnected. We can learn a way to examine our problems — on a table with three legs — where we can identify our physical symptoms, and maladaptive thoughts and behaviors, and begin to make positive changes.

Putting problems on the table meditation 

April 25th, 2022

Rest Up!

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

If you’re struggling to remember the last time you woke up well-rested, refreshed, and energized, this one is for you! Let’s explore the value of rest, what happens to our physical and mental health when we’re burning the candle at both ends, and how to start to factor quality rest into the equation of our daily lives.

April 19th, 2022

Too Much of a Supposedly Good Thing

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

We are creatures of habits, some good, some inconsequential, and some potentially detrimental.

When it comes to widespread habitual recreational use of alcohol and cannabis, many of us are understandably confused about whether or not we should be concerned about our own usage or the usage of someone we care about. Just how much is too much? And how do we know when casual usage has crossed the line. Let’s talk about how to identify whether your usage has become problematic.

Too Much of a Supposedly Good Thing

April 11th, 2022

Breaking Bad!

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

If you’ve ever tried and failed to break a bad habit or put an end to patterns of behavior that no longer serve you, you are not alone. Breaking bad habits may not be easy, but with the understanding of how bad habits form and play out in our daily lives, and the tools to create positive change, we can begin to eliminate our bad habits and create healthier and more positive routines and patterns. Let’s look at how we can break up with our bad habits!

Breaking Bad!

April 4th, 2022

When Words Become Weapons

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

In recent years, mental health terminology has crept slowly into use in media and into widespread everyday usage. Let’s take a moment to talk about how we should and should not talk about mental health, and how misusing mental health terminology causes hurt and harm.

When Words Become Weapons

March 28th, 2022

Understanding Complex
Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder

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

While most of us are familiar with the term Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD), we are completely unaware of Complex Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (C-PTSD). Let’s explore the causes, symptoms, and treatments of this little-known disorder.

Understanding Complex
Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder

March 21st, 2022

Understanding EMDR Therapy

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

Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR), what it is, who it can help, and how it works

Understanding EMDR Therapy

March 14th, 2022

Why Should We Care?

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

We may not be able to change the world, but with incremental acts of kindness and compassion, we plant the seeds for a better world, and a richer, healthier, and happier life for ourselves and others. Let’s look at the effects of kindness, on ourselves, others, and the world.

Why Should We Care?

March 7th, 2022

How to Stop Existing and Start Living!

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

The many benefits of building the full and authentic life you want.

Life is, as they say, what you make it. And what we make of our lives can be the very making of us. One of the tenets of Buddhism speaks of the necessity to create interest in life. In other words, we are responsible for creating purpose in our lives.

How to Stop Existing and Start Living!

February 28th, 2022

A Better Way to Break Up!

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

As unique and individual as every relationship may be, there are sound and effective rules of disengagement and strategies that lead to a new chapter while minimizing hurt and harm. Let’s explore a kinder, better way to move forward at the end of a relationship.

A Better Way to Break Up!

February 21th, 2022

How to Support Someone Struggling with Depression or Anxiety

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

As we continue to cope with the mental health issues resulting from the prolonged stress, anxiety, and social isolation of the pandemic, it’s more important than ever to be able to recognize troubling symptoms and understand how to support someone close to us who may be struggling with a mood or anxiety disorder.

How to Support Someone Struggling with Depression or Anxiety

February 14th, 2022

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!

February 7th, 2022

Gaslighting!

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

Gaslighting, an insidious form of manipulation and control, is a term increasingly popping up in articles, television news, and social media. What exactly is gaslighting, and who is at risk of falling prey to it? Let’s take a look at exactly what gaslighting is, how it works and plays out, and how to deal with manipulative and controlling people in our own lives.

Gaslighting!

January 31st, 2022

Raising Your EQ

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

What exactly is emotional intelligence? Why is high EQ such a valued attribute? Are there things we can do to raise our emotional intelligence? In Part 3 of Self-care September, you’ll find answers to these questions, and a whole lot more!

Raising Your EQ

January 24th, 2022

You... Unlimited

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!

You... Unlimited

January 17th, 2022

Making Our Faith Bigger Than Our Fear

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.

Making Our Faith Bigger Than Our Fear

January 10th, 2022

Choosing to be Happy Now

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

We’ll be happy when we land that dream job, find the perfect partner, move into our dream house, have enough money to retire… Many people place conditions on being happy, but the reality is that happiness is not about having, achieving, acquiring, or arriving. Happiness is a choice. And we can

choose to be happy here and now!

Choosing to be Happy Now

January 3rd, 2022

Letting go of what no longer serves you

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

We all have thoughts and beliefs that no longer serve us, prevent us from realizing our full potential, and impede our happiness and success. Let’s look at how to let go of the thoughts and beliefs that no longer serve us!

Letting go of what no longer serves you