Journaling and Mental Health

During the summer, there is more time to focus with my patients on practices that will take longer for them to develop. This is not possible during the school year because the practice during this time must be schoolwork itself. The practices we have been developing so far this summer are mindfulness and behavioural activation,…

Why is Self-Compassion So Difficult?

Sometimes I feel as if I am the world’s worst psychiatrist. Mostly this happens when I cannot seem to communicate an idea that should be straightforward. This happened to me last week when I was working with a group of patients on self-compassion. All my patients are adolescents and adolescence can be a very challenging…

Vacations and Your Health

I hope you are reading this on your vacation. If you are not presently on vacation, then maybe this will cause you to think about your upcoming vacation. If neither of these applies, then please, please tell me that you are fondly remembering the vacation from which you just recently returned. Summer is the time…

Graduation Season II

Once again this week, I have been thinking about graduations. Graduation is the main topic of discussion for many of my patients. I have attended seven more graduations since Monday, most of them for Algonquin College. Last Monday, I wrote about what I could tell from graduate’s shoes. This week, I looked up, into the…

Graduation Days

I have been attending graduation ceremonies this year. I attended my son’s graduation, some of my patients’ graduations and graduations for the College where I am a Governor. As I watch the graduates cross the stage, I find myself wanting to know more about them and their struggle. I want to know more about them…

Two Practices That Combat Suicide

In the wake of the most recent celebrity suicides, I want to speak about two practices that we can learn that combat depression. I am convinced of the value of these practices not just from the fact that research (particularly Cognitive Behaviour Therapy Research) has confirmed their value, but because my patients have consistently told…