DBT Skills for Parents: Reality Acceptance 

Years ago, Nick and I were sitting in our living room in Montreal, having what could have been a make-or-break moment. Our credit cards were maxed. Our job prospects were nil. We were feeling isolated and broken. My anxiety was at an all time high, and both of us were probably a little bit depressed. […]

Summer in Vancouver: Best Beaches for the Whole Family 

For all my years in East Van (one of the few parts of the Lower Mainland without good beach access), I never realized how amazing it is to live near a beach. There’s something about the sand, sun, and surf, the driftwood and rocks, that calms me.  Summer is here, and I know a lot […]

Family Roadtrips –  Kamloops, BC Part 1: Staying Cool in Kamloops

Kamloops gets a bad rap down on the coast for being kind of a bro town with not a lot to do. We have a family wedding up there this summer, and I have really enjoyed the time I’ve spent there. If you’re looking to test your kids’ road trip legs this summer, I highly […]

The Perfectionist Mindset and Embracing Mediocrity

Just in time for Mother’s Day, some thoughts about how I’m not the best mom!  I read this lovely article from MindBodyGreen the other day (thanks Hello Peaceful Mind for the link!). It was full of great advice, but one thing really stood out. It said when you’re depressed, you’re only functioning at 20%, not your usual 70-90%. My […]

DBT For Parents: IMPROVE the Moment for Distress Tolerance 

​ I have already talked a bit in this space about distress tolerance. One of the commonalities between most people living with mental illness is that we have BIG emotions. Whether it is a chemical imbalance or a result of trauma, we react to things a little more extremely than that situation warrants. While this sensitivity […]