When You’re Not “Fine”

When you deal with mental health concerns you are often over-thinking the simple: brushing your teeth is suddenly overwhelming; having a shower becomes optional; and multitasking seems daunting. While very few individuals are able to regularly accomplish all of the daily tasks they have, those living with a mental health challenge have an extra limited capacity for task management, and …

When Accidents Happen: Managing the Aftermath of Vehicle-Related Incidents

We hear about them on the news, we know people who have had them, but to experience a car accident first-hand can be a scary and sometimes life-altering experience. When we enter our vehicle, we generally enter with expectation that we will arrive safely at our destination. When something happens, this base assumption feels shattered and our beliefs about our …

Changing Family of Origin Stories

Origin Stories Origin stories lay the groundwork for understanding the present. In action movies, knowing the origin story of a hero or a villain – the experiences that shaped their intense desire to help or their intense need to destroy – helps give us context for why they are so driven in the present moment to do whatever they are …

Birth Trauma: Help for Partners

You just witnessed something that has changed you forever. The birth of a child can be a moment of joy and relief, but can also be riddled with other emotions. It can be difficult to talk about these emotions – aren’t I supposed to feel amazed, overjoyed and overwhelmed with love in this moment? What happens when I also feel …

Birth Trauma: Help for Moms

You have spent months preparing, planning and anticipating the birth of your child. You have carried this baby, and have felt the effects of bringing life into the world. You have managed the swollen ankles, the back pain and the sleepless nights. And then it comes: the moment when your baby is going to make its entrance into the world. …

The Holidays & Grief

The season has come and surprisingly there may be conflicting emotions when it comes to the “most wonderful time of the year” – this year may be the first year without a loved one, or it may be the 3rd or the 15th, and whether you anticipated it or not, you find yourself at grief’s doorstep once again. The holidays …

Professionals: Assessing Birth Partner Trauma

As health service providers for women and families going through the process of pregnancy, delivery and early family life, the attention is often focused on Mom. Meanwhile, one of the frequently overlooked aspects of the birth process is the emotional and psychological impacts on the birthing partner. Acting as a primary care support to the new family creates a wonderful …

Coping with Fertility Concerns

Fertility Challenges and Potential Impact on Psychological Health: Fertility challenges often raise a mix of difficult emotions, including frustration, sadness, and even shame, making this a particularly sensitive topic for many people. Infertility effects somewhere between 9%-15% of the adult population, with 55% of those facing infertility going on to seek medical advice in hopes of becoming a parent[1]. Fertility …

Body Image During Pregnancy and Postpartum

What is body image and why is it relevant for women who are pregnant?   Body image refers to the cognitive, affective (emotional), behavioural, and perceptual aspects of one’s experience of their body[1]. Body image concerns are common for pregnant women[2]. Body dissatisfaction is a component of body image, relating to the degree of dissatisfaction with certain aspects of one’s …

Attachment Parenting Skills

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What is attachment? Attachment is the connection between two individuals within any relationship. Typically, an infant’s early attachment experiences with parents form healthy emotional and physical relationships as an adult. Therefore, building healthy attachment with your children is so important as it sets them up for the quality of their relationships for the rest of their lives. The following are some ways …