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Vegan Love and Conquering Depression Using the CHANGES Model (Part Two)

"Depression is not your friend...or your enemy." Responding To Vegan Hate (with love) In the first part of our episode on the Finding My Psych Podcast, I respond to a series of comments left for our production team. A listener had spent some time looking around our site and discovered that we promote plant-based living with an emphasis on wellness (vs. ethics). The listener expressed anger that none of the folks on our team are 'actually' vegans. In response, I describe my own plant-based...


Reversing Clinical Depression with the CHANGES Model (Part One)

"Get started by mapping your depressive symptoms using a holistic approach." Today's CHANGES Deep Dive In a previous article reviewing 25 tips for improving depression, we provided a brief overview of our go-to holistic approach to care using the CHANGES model. We heard from many of our readers wanting a drill-down into the specifics nuances - We chose to put our response into the format of a podcast episode! Engage with us as we discuss the first in a two part series on the CHANGES model....


Effective SMART Goals - Smash Your Anxiety (CBT Masters Series #3)

"What you consume, you become." In Today's Episode We dive deep with a short discussion on how to manage the flow of negative information throughout our daily lives. In the current political environment, it is easy to trick ourselves into believing that what we consume, no matter now outrageous, only has entertainment value. In fact, we assert that a constant diet of news media trough television, radio, your Facebook Feed, or standard news app content on your mobile device, over time, drags...


Triple Column Technique (CBT Masters Series #2)

"Master your thinking - Master your life." CBT Masters #2 - Triple Column Technique In the second instalment of our, "CBT Masters Series," we dive deep into the Triple Column Technique as designed by Dr. David Burns. This is a follow-up to our previous episode dedicated to defining common cognitive distortions. Real World Application Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) has few limits in terms of where it can be applied. Traditionally, CBT was utilized as an augmenting tool in the treatment...


Defining Cognitive Distortions (CBT Masters Series #1)

"Stop Automatic Thoughts: Awareness is the first step in developing rational thinking" Defining CBT Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) was created out of reaction to both psychodynamic thought and the field of Behavioural Psychology. Early researchers acknowledged the connection between thoughts and emotions. However, unlike their predecessors, early CBT adopters (Aaron T. Beck, M.D.) asserted that thoughts, when established as a set of patterns over time, had the power to affect mood. In...


Radicalize with Positive Psychology (Ending Pathogenesis)

"While you can't control your experiences, you can control your explanations." (Seligman) Today's Episode Learn about the theory that continues to challenge the status-quo throughout our mental health and substance misuse service continuum. Be willing to forget everything you know about mental health treatment, (e.g., clinical depression), and problem solving - We challenge you to try on a new perspective for the next 40 minutes. Dive deep into the world of Positive Psychology! Defining...


Sexual Abuse Trauma - Clinical Insights and Observations

"It takes a village to intervene - Failure to do so is abhorrent." Sexual Abuse Prevalence The US Department of Health and Human Services' Children's Bureau, report that 9.2% of all victimized children are sexually assaulted (2010). Furthermore, Dr. David Finkelhor, director of Crimes against Children Research Center, reports that up to 1 in 5 girls and 1 in 20 boys become victims of sexual abuse. And, within any given year, 16% of youth ages 14-17 will be victimized. The long-term affects...


Estelle Matheson Interview: Paddling as Activism in Vancouver BC

"We want our waterways here for our grandchildren." Sustainability Through Fitness Communities Belonging to an athletics community is predictive of lifelong health and fitness. Whether you are a member of a running club, or hit the gym regularly with a best friend, doing your chosen activity together improves motivation and solidifies commitment. This is holistic health at its best. The biopsychosocial outcomes are synergistic in nature. Today's Episode on Finding My Psych Estelle Matheson...


The Art of Mastering Communication at Home and Work

"Know when to step away! You can always return later." Today's Episode - Mastering Communication As requested by our listeners, today, we discuss effective communication. Mastering communication at home and at work, comes with a set of prerequisite. Becoming a, 'communication ninja,' requires commitment to a positive outcome, and the ability to know when to step away when the conversation turns negative. Possessing some level of insight, along with a personal commitment to make adjustments...


Introducing the Finding My Psych Podcast

Welcome to the, "Finding My Psych Podcast!" Time For A Launch Party! We are so proud to announce the launch of our new podcast venture. If you have followed our previous work, you know about the, "Svelte Yeti Podcast," later rebranded as the, "Jerod Killick Podcast." We published just under 50 episodes while we were in operation. As part of our launch of Finding My Psych website, we are excited to also link a podcast to the work that we are doing to support personal lifestyle...