Sara Dimerman, Psychologist and Author of parenting and relationship books, interviews guests with expertise on a variety of relevant topics, to share what they know with you.
Healing: From the Inside Out
Sara Dimerman in conversation with author, Lynda Faye Schmidt, on healing: from the inside out. Over the course of this episode you will learn more about:
Lyndas' book, The Healing, and how closely her life resembles that of Cate's - the main character who leaves an abusive marriage after 26 years. What Lynda experienced in her first marriage and how she found the strength and courage to leave. The mixture of emotion that Lynda felt when leaving her home and city, especially since her youngest child, then 18, was remaining behind with his father. How Lynda's children were able to show compassion and kindness towards their father, despite being exposed to their parent's dysfunctional relationship. How Lynda's exposure to living with loved ones with mental illness has impacted her personally. How writing, along with other factors such as building close relationships and travel have contributed to her healing.
Why don't they talk? What we know about selective mutism and how to help children overcome it
Sara Dimerman in conversation with Psychologist, Dr. Jemma Helfman, on what we know about selective mutism and how to help children overcome it. Over the course of this episode you will learn more about:
What selective mutism means How it differs from mutism Some of the reasons that children become selectively mute Whether there's a typical age at which selective mutism occurs Whether selective mutism is something that most educators and parents are familiar with and if not, what they might think is happening with their child or student when they don’t talk Whether children with selective mutism typically don't talk both at home and school The best approach to treating selective mutism The availability of therapists who treat selective mutism across Canada What parents can do to help Whether it's advisable for a child to be told about his/her diagnosis Dr. Jemma Helfman recommends:
The Feelings Place Confident Kids Camp Toronto Selective Mutism Association Dr. Steven Kurtz in New York is one of the leaders in the field and there are lots of videos for parents on his website. Confident Kids Camp Michigan
The impact that being a highly sensitive parent has on you and your kids
Sara Dimerman in conversation with Lisa Tabachnick, about the impact that being a Highly Sensitive parent has on you and your kids. Over the course of this episode you will learn more about:
What being a Highly Sensitive Person or parent means Some of the characteristics of being a Highly Sensitive Person (HSP) The difference between being sensitive and highly sensitive How identifying and owning this trait helps you help yourself How it helps you understand how it impacts your kids Whether or not it's a good idea to share being an HSP with your kids Additional resources:
Dr. Aron's web site. All her books and other resources are listed on the site. Workbook for highly sensitive people Lisa's private Facebook group for HSP Parents Lisa's Facebook page, KidsAndMentalHealth
How to manage your anger rather than letting it manage you
Sara Dimerman in conversation with anger management specialist, Nicole Ali, about how to manage your anger rather than letting it manage you. Over the course of this episode you will learn more about:
Whether or not anger is a "bad" emotion. How to distinguish between when we're feeling frustrated and agitated, for example, versus when we're feeling angry. Physiological triggers for feeling angry such as hunger, for example. Whether or not an angry temperament is inborn or learnt. The difference between being aggressive and assertive. Some of the most typical environmental triggers that lead to anger in everyday life. Whether or not other people have the power to make you feel angry. How we can tell that our anger is managing us rather than the other way around. Some steps and strategies for managing anger. More about The Anger Managers and how they can help.
Finding your way back to work after a Mental Health leave
Sara Dimerman in conversation with psychiatrist and author, Dr. Joan Tucker, about finding your way back to work after a mental health break. Over the course of this episode you will learn more about:
Whether there's been a change in the number of people who are taking a mental health leave from work during the pandemic When taking time away from work, what is recommended so that this time off is as productive as possible Taking time away from school due to mental health concerns Whether or not most people return to work or school after taking a mental health leave Exploring options other than a return to what one was doing before Joan's books and how they can help
How to successfully battle video gaming addiction
Sara Dimerman in conversation with video gaming addiction expert and author, Elaine Uskoski, about how to successfully battle video gaming addiction. Over the course of this episode you will learn more about:
Some of the red flags that you or someone you know may be addicted to video gaming The best approach if a parent suspects that their teen or young adult may be addicted to video gaming Factors that may contribute to someone developing a gaming addiction How to successfully battle video gaming addiction and maintain sobriety Support and information around managing technology from the time that children are very young Elaine and her son's personal journey How Elaine's books can help Supports for video gaming addicts and their families Elaine's resources:
www.gamequitters.com CAMH for 8 week group: Problem Gambling and Technology Use Treatment Services Intenta