DBT for Parents: PLEASE Skills for Emotional Regulation 

Today we’re talking about DBT Skills and how to use them as it relates to parenthood. Last time we covered Building Mastery. We’re expanding on reducing vulnerability and focusing on PLEASE Skills.  The part of therapy I was most resistant to was “moderation”. Even after a few months in my DBT program, I hated the […]

Our Stories: Parenting Through Mental Illness 

​ Jean McCarthy from Unpickled is a mom in successful long term recovery from alcohol addiction, a problem she developed in large part by self-medicating depression and anxiety with a nightly glass (or three) of wine. Living alcohol-free has allowed her to become more healthy mentally, emotionally, and physically. Her children are grown, and she can offer […]

Our Stories: Parenting Through Mental Illness 

​ Today, Fiona Ng from www.themamateadiet.com is sharing her story. Fiona is a stay at home mum to a 15 month old, with a second baby on the way.  She lives in the North East of England and loves cups of tea! People who live with mental illness have the same struggles as other parents, plus the […]

Our Stories: Parenting Through Mental Illness 

People who live with mental illness have the same struggles as other parents, plus the added worries about how those difficulties will exacerbate their mental illness. It is estimated that 1 in 5 Canadians experience  mental health and addiction. Many of those people are parents. They have silently developed great tools and have masterful skills at […]

5 Winter Mindfulness Exercises to Bring Warmth and Calm Your Mind

Our winter here has been unusually cold. We’ve had the longest cold snap in years, with temperatures regularly below 0°C. Part of me is thrilled! I love snow, and my ideal winter temperature is between – 5 and – 18°C. But the boys and I have been sick, and cold temperatures are a bit more […]