Claire Wilde, M.Ed, Psychologist

Psychologist Providing counselling services to individuals, couples and families.

Operating as usual

[01/04/21]   I am really excited to welcome Zoey Liu to Opal Psychology Inc. She is a practicum student from Yorkville University. She started today and she will be here 2 days a week for the next 8 months. She is charging 50$/hour. You can learn more about her and clients could schedule with her through opalpsychology.com

Please note that if you are struggling with this, reach out. Booking can be done online

From our televisions to our political conversations, we are inundated with messages of fear.
We feel more afraid of the world and our own neighbours now than we have in decades.
But all that fear isn't good for us. In fact, according to neuroscience, fear is killing us too. 😮

Fear is “a chain reaction in the brain”. 🧠
Fear begins with a frightening stimulus and ends with your body preparing to protect itself from danger.

It works like this: something frightens you, like seeing a spider, 🕷
hearing a door slam in an empty house, 🏠
or feeling a knife pressed into your throat. 🔪

You feel dread, anxiety, and panic. 🥺
Your heart races, your breathing quickens, and your muscles tense up. Your body goes into fight-or-flight mode, ready to do everything it needs to make you safe. 🏃‍♀️

That entire reaction involves five different parts of your brain.
It begins in the thalamus, which receives signals from your body's senses.
From there, there are two different paths the fear reaction can take: the low road or the high road.

The low road is the quickest, basest, least-rational response to life-threatening situations. If one of those signals is life-threatening, like feeling a knife at your throat, the thalamus alerts your amygdala. Your amygdala triggers emotional responses and prompts your hypothalamus to turn up your adrenal glands and rush blood to your muscles to get you away from the danger.

If the signal isn't life-threatening, the brain 🧠 takes the more rational high-road response. If you see something that's not life-threatening but still frightening, like a spider 🕷 running across the floor, the amygdala alerts the pre-frontal or sensory cortex.
The cortex alerts the hippocampus and spurs it to compare the current threat to past ones. The hippocampus is the brain's 🧠 memory center. If it determines that the current fear stimulus is a threat but not life-threatening, the hippocampus heightens your senses to an almost superhuman degree and triggers your fight-or-flight response. 🏃‍♀️ 🥊

Both processes are automatic and happen within “fractions of a second".

As helpful as that response is, the speed and thoroughness of it can be detrimental. 😨

According to research “once the fear pathways are ramped up, the brain short-circuits more rational processing paths and reacts immediately to signals from the amygdala.
When in this overactive state, the brain perceives events as negative and remembers them that way."

https://science.howstuffworks.com/life/inside-the-mind/emotions/fear.htm

Here's a few thoughts on helping kids with their mental health.

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Pregnant in Edmonton amid COVID-19? Here’s what you need to know

globalnews.ca Health-care officials in Edmonton have opened a new clinic meant for pregnant women who are isolating due to possible or confirmed exposure to COVID-19.

Create space to process this experience, wherever you are on it.

[04/03/20]   I have shifted to telephone and video counselling during this time of social distancing. If interested, check out opalpsychology.ca to book a session online. Let's use this time to work on our wellness!

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What’s the Difference Between Depression and Just Being Sad? This Video Clarifies

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There is support❤

According to a new study, post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) is a condition that not only affects people who’ve experienced a traumatic event—it also affects new moms.

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'Sesame Street' Characters Are Teaching Kids How To Deal With Trauma

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CBT versus counselling for depression

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New Study Reveals Moms Need a Full Year for Recovery After Giving Birth

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Bringing Baby Home Program | Dr. John Gottman

So excited to be bringing this workshop to the Lucina Centre on November 4th and 5th, 2017!

The Gottman Bringing Baby Home Program Live Educator Training February 22 & 23, 2014 Seattle, Washington Register: http://bit.ly/1khQRNu This newly designed,...

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Daughters of Unloving Mothers: Mourning What You Deserved

psychologytoday.com Why grieving the mother you didn't have is key to recovering from childhood.

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6 Hours a Week to a Better Relationship

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Taking time for silence restores the nervous system, helps sustain energy, and conditions our minds to be more adaptive and responsive to the complex environments in which so many of us now live, work, and lead.

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Just talked about this today in my work...

Anger and sadness are an important part of life, and new research shows that experiencing and accepting such emotions are vital to our mental health.

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Something I teach and talk about regularly with clients.

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Because happier kids are more likely to turn into well-adjusted, successful adults.

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Inside The Painful, Lonely Experience Of Birth Trauma

EMDR and counselling can help

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Research shows that mindfulness is a useful tool for noticing and extracting yourself from the cycle of unhelpful thoughts.

TED

"You're imperfect, and you're wired for struggle, but you are worthy of love and belonging."

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Throwing away your stuff will actually make you healthier

news.com.au MY PARTNER and I are in the process of moving house. I’ve moved a lot throughout my life and each time I seem to have more stuff to move.

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