Blaikie Psychotherapy

Blaikie Psychotherapy

When we feel good about ourselves, our mental health, and are able to cope with our lives’ challenges, we have a positive impact on our friends, family members, co-workers and anyone else we interact with.

Blaikie Psychotherapy specializes in managing anxiety and depression, grief and loss, as well as the mental health implications of chronic illness

Episode 1 - Blaikie Psychotherapy
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We encounter loss in all sorts of ways…the death of a loved one, the end of a friendship, the loss of a job… One that we often experience is the loss of a pet, either through death or the end of a relationship–and the grief that comes from this. This special, and often unrecognized loss, is not easy. So, how do we cope?

Feb 1

6 min 29 sec

Part of self-care is giving ourselves permission to slow down. But what does “slowing down” look like? I suggest that it will look different for everyone and that there is no shortage of resources to help us find our way.

Nov 2020

7 min 44 sec

People who know me, are aware that I’m an avid wool spinner and knitter…but when I’m talking about “I’m Spinning…” in this episode’s title, I’m not talking about the wool I’m playing with because of extra time at home, I’m talking about my head. All the changes that are happening are mind-boggling!

Nov 2020

8 min 5 sec

Balance is a topic that has been coming up a lot recently, both personally and with clients. During this time of Covid-19, many of us are trying to figure out how to juggle the reality of daily existence while not knowing what is coming next during this pandemic.

Oct 2020

6 min 48 sec

It has been quite a journey. Who knew that when our daily lives underwent an abrupt change in mid-March that we, now staring at mid-Fall, would still be adjusting to a world with COVID-19.

Oct 2020

7 min 4 sec

Humour is a funny thing (no pun intended!).  What one person thinks is hilarious, another person barely breaks a smile.  What counts as humour in one culture is seen as insulting in another. Not only is humour tricky, but we also hold certain beliefs about its value–especially regarding our health.  In this post, we’ll explore three areas of belief about humour’s effect on mental and physical health:  popular culture, science and personal experience.

Sep 2020

5 min 39 sec

You don’t have to do it all. Sometimes life throws us a curveball.  Maybe we have been diagnosed with a serious illness.  Our partner has ended the relationship or died.  Something else happens, and we suddenly find ourselves living alone and struggling to cope. It is at the curveball points in life that people often seek out a therapist.  When I’m working with people who are at this point, one of the common challenges they are encountering isn’t emotional but involves the regular tasks of life.

Sep 2020

7 min 18 sec

Never cut a tree down in the wintertime. Never make a negative decision in the low time. Never make your most important decisions when you are in your worst moods. Wait. Be patient. The storm will pass. The spring will come.      Robert H. Schuller

Aug 2020

8 min 33 sec

For anyone who has had to deal with a troublesome nearby resident, they can understand the truth in the old saying “Good fences make good neighbours.” Just as a fence is a physical boundary that allows for privacy and controlled interactions, emotional boundaries do the same.

Aug 2020

10 min 20 sec

Core beliefs are the very essence of how we see ourselves, other people, the world, as well as the future.  Our core beliefs then inform how we operate in the world.

Aug 2020

6 min 46 sec

“Give a man a fish and you feed him for a day; teach a man to fish and you feed him for a lifetime.”….Maimonides When we are able to feed ourselves, whether by growing, fishing, hunting or foraging; there is a confidence that comes from knowing that we are able to provide food for ourselves and loved ones.  Self-sufficiency is a value.  It is also a component in therapy and mental health.

Jul 2020

4 min 51 sec

The message we often get from media is that we’re not wonderful in our current form. There are times when we need to make changes in order to take care of ourselves.  If we have reached an unhealthy weight or need to improve our interpersonal skills, then there is work to do.  However, at the same time, we also can accept that we are ok where we are (in this moment).

Jul 2020

5 min 19 sec

As we continue our practice of physical distancing and social isolation during this time of COVID-19, certain things are obvious…we miss seeing our friends and family members in-person; Zoom parties have lost their novelty, and many of us feel lonely.

Jun 2020

7 min 8 sec

What is psychological resilience?  The American Psychological Association (2017) defines resilience as “the process of adapting well in the face of adversity, trauma, tragedy, threats or significant sources of stress.”  It’s our ability to pick ourselves up after hard times and carry on–often wiser and more resourceful.

Jun 2020

6 min 54 sec

Who doesn’t love wild fairy tales?  These stories have been a mainstay of many a child’s bedtime routine–introducing us to mythic characters while teaching  life lessons from the safety of our pillows.

May 2020

8 min 37 sec

So, in this swirl of anxiety, thoughts, fears and negative images; how will I cope? And the Globe & Mail article I reference - https://www.theglobeandmail.com/canada/article-tips-for-managing-anxiety-during-the-covid-19-pandemic/

May 2020

3 min 48 sec

One of the concepts in Buddhism is that ‘everything changes…nothing stays the same’.  While I have found this to be true, change can come in different ways.  Sometimes it’s foisted upon us, and sometimes we are the initiators. The focus of this podcast is on changes that we put in place, and specifically, the mindset and process (Stages of Change) that make self-directed change possible.

Apr 2020

11 min 26 sec

Individually, we often come up with our personal idea of normal by looking and comparing ourselves to others.  That’s how we determine what is the standard or regular pattern.  However, what happens when what we are experiencing is unlike that of our those around us?

Apr 2020

11 min 1 sec

Unless we are presented with an opportunity to think about our own death (a diagnosis, loss of a loved one, serious car accident), it isn’t something that most of us want to spend time doing.  If left to our own devices, we tend to imagine that we’ll live, if not forever, at least for a very long time.  However, once in a while, we are given a non-traumatic invitation to think about what will happen once we die.

Mar 2020

7 min 7 sec

Let's explore the concept of forgiveness…What is it?  Who benefits?  Why is it important? And, most importantly, how do we do it?

Mar 2020

8 min 21 sec

People come and go in our lives for a variety of reasons.  Sometimes it’s because we meet a new friend, or a relationship ends.  Maybe we’re the ones coming and going as we change jobs or move to a new city.  At some point, our entrances and exits are more substantial…we are born and we die.  That’s the circle of life.

Feb 2020

10 min 17 sec

One of the great illusions that we hang on to as humans is that the earth beneath our feet is solid.   However, science, and our awareness of earthquakes, and erupting volcanoes, tells us that this isn’t true.  Yet, we trust in the illusion because of personal experience–we can’t feel the ground moving, so it must be stable.

Feb 2020

5 min 43 sec

Today's podcast talks about the nature of "closure" and the grief journey.

Jan 2020

10 min 43 sec

The Canadian Association of Art Therapy describes art therapy as “the combination of the creative process and psychotherapy, facilitating self-exploration and understanding. Using imagery, colour and shape as part of this creative therapeutic process, thoughts and feelings can be expressed that would otherwise be difficult to articulate.”

Dec 2019

7 min 23 sec

When I told a friend the topic for today's podcast, she was understandably confused…if you feel the same, please stay with me, it will make sense!

Nov 2019

7 min 38 sec

If you’ve never had a panic attack, you’re fortunate.  Today's podcast talks about panic attacks and gives some techniques to use to help manage them.

Nov 2019

7 min 58 sec

The "So What" game can help you manage your anxiety

Oct 2019

7 min 2 sec

Talking about the voice in your head that tells you you're not good enough.

Oct 2019

6 min 42 sec

Happiness and a wonderful find at the library.

Sep 2019

5 min 29 sec

Six simple techniques to help you manage anger, sadness or anxiety in the moment.  Reach out to us at laurieblaikie.com 

Sep 2019

7 min 57 sec

Dysthymia (also known as Persistent Depressive Disorder or PDD) affects up to 6% of the general population with women being three times more likely to be diagnosed than men (US stats according to Health Research Funding.org ).  Reach out to us at laurieblaikie.com

Sep 2019

5 min 37 sec

A little "about us".

Aug 2019

48 sec