16 episodes

We’re on a mission to make the world of psychology approachable, easy to understand, and (*gasp*) enjoyable. Join us every other Thursday as we use psychological insight to unravel the craziness of life; from porn addiction to toxic parenting, and everything in between. And don’t worry, we’ll leave out the psychobabble.

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We’re on a mission to make the world of psychology approachable, easy to understand, and (*gasp*) enjoyable. Join us every other Thursday as we use psychological insight to unravel the craziness of life; from porn addiction to toxic parenting, and everything in between. And don’t worry, we’ll leave out the psychobabble.

    Episode 015: Who Said Parenting Was Easy?

    Episode 015: Who Said Parenting Was Easy?

    Parents are human, it’s okay to make mistakes! Shifters Zac and Sarah talk about the highs and lows of parenting during the peak of COVID.

    • 1 hr 17 min
    014 “Who Are You and Why Are You Talking to Me about This Stuff?” A chat with Shift CEO and founder, Andrea McTague

    014 “Who Are You and Why Are You Talking to Me about This Stuff?” A chat with Shift CEO and founder, Andrea McTague

    In case you’re just joining the party, Shift Psychs, Zac Erickson and Sarah [...], sit down with Shift CEO and founder, Andrea McTague, for a chat on who we are and why we’re talking to you about all this stuff.


    Born out of Andrea’s love-hate relationship with traditional psychology (love the foundation, hate the delivery), Shift kicks the status quo to the curb. 


    Here's the traditional equation: therapy = (couch + talking) x ∞. 


    There’s no game plan -- and if there is, you don’t get to see it -- and no end in sight. 


    It goes like this: 


    Find a “good fit.” (What does that even mean?? And why is personality more important than skill!? Would you want Mr. Rogers to be your surgeon?). Vent about your week: Chat a lot, feel crummy a lot, get validated a lot. #codependentmuch? Pay a ton of money.Repeat steps 1-3. Are you better? Who knows? How would you even know?


    After tearing traditional psych a new one, Andrea, Zac and Sarah dive into how Shift changes the game with pattern theory: a framework based on psychological methods and theories that anyone can understand in five minutes. Along the way, they discuss informed consent, how it feels when your house is on fire and which Pizza Pops are the yummiest.

    • 1 hr 16 min
    013: How First Responders Deal with Trauma/PTSD

    013: How First Responders Deal with Trauma/PTSD

    This is a really important issue that we’re passionate about. First responders of all kinds, including firefighters, paramedics and police officers, deal with trauma every day. The long term (and short term) impacts of experiencing traumas are by no means light. We wanted to bring light to this issue by providing some education around the types of traumas that first responders experience, how it impacts them and some of the proactive measures we can take to lessen the impacts of those traumas.

    In The Shift Show Episode 13 we speak to Daniel Sundahl of DanSun Photo Art. Dan has been a full-time firefighter and paramedic since 2003, and that's where he gets all his motivation for his emergency services artwork. He has a real passion for raising mental health and PTSD awareness for his profession.

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    • 1 hr 15 min
    012: The Impact of Pregnancy and Infant Loss

    012: The Impact of Pregnancy and Infant Loss

    Sometimes life confronts us with tragic events, things out of our control, which bring on a myriad of emotions and impact our beliefs about ourselves and the world.  One of these heartbreaking arenas is infant loss and pregnancy loss.  
    Once shrouded in quiet suffering and stigma, we are thankful that more and more open conversations about these not-so-uncommon events are occurring.  Still, hesitation to discuss a loss of a pregnancy or child still abounds.  Sometimes this is because the pregnancy was not yet disclosed, sometimes it is because the grief pushes people into hiding, sometimes it is because they simply do not know how to broach the topic and sometimes it is individual choice.  Everyone experiences grief differently and encouraging and supporting individuals in the way they most adaptively address it should be the goal for both therapists and loved ones. As a loved one, it is also important to know when to step in when the individual is struggling.  
    It can be difficult to know what to say or how to help, however.  Finding a way to be supportive involves knowing a bit about what the loss means to the individual and knowing a little bit about how they would like you to support them.  Sometimes it is a memorial, something to honor the child or pregnancy, holding space for them to discuss or a casserole dropped off.  Removing the shroud of secrecy, if they are comfortable, can offer a place to process what has happened.  
    Things to steer clear of include: being dismissive “well, you can just get pregnant again” type of comments, assuming what the attachment level to the child or pregnancy is, forcing a conversation, flat out ignoring it, minimizing the event or emotional responses and assuming it has only affected the woman.
    Often, in the acute stages of grief, directly following the loss, loved ones are the most supportive.  In the case of pregnancy or infant loss, there are often far-reaching effects, and traumatic memories amplified by anniversaries, important life events, other’s pregnancies or children and subsequent pregnancies. Being supportive and aware of this over the long run is helpful in assisting someone dealing with grief of this nature.  A conversation, knowledge and acknowledgement go a long way.  As does therapy around the loss.  Incorporating significant life events into our worldview and present life experience, regardless of whether they are positive or negative, is an important part of a healthy response to trauma.  At Shift, we endeavor to identify any limiting beliefs- negative thoughts about ourselves or the world- that are activated by miscarriage or infant loss.  Quelling the limiting beliefs allows us to use more of our cognitive processes, reduces maladaptive emotions and  remain mentally healthy.  Doing so also helps with the ability to remember the good parts and happy memories- no matter how fleeting they were.

    Shift’s therapeutic protocol can help navigate through grief and the challenges associated with loss.  We focus on ensuring that these tragic experiences are adaptively addressed and avoid becoming issues of complex grief, wherein an individual gets “stuck” or has maladaptive responses.

    In The Shift Show Episode 12, we speak to Kristina Oriold, founder of Tiny Footprints.  Tiny Footprints is an organization which raises awareness and provides support for individuals dealing with pregnancy loss and infant loss. 

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    • 52 min
    011: Creating Friendships as an Adult (and Maintaining Them During a Pandemic)

    011: Creating Friendships as an Adult (and Maintaining Them During a Pandemic)

    Do you find it difficult to create and maintain friendships as an adult? Well, you’re not the only one. Only a small number of Canadians would say they are ‘satisfied’ with their social lives.

    Why is this? What are the barriers to making friends in adulthood and what are some ways to get past these barriers? Zac and Shift clinician Sam Greenwood explore all of these questions.

    They’ll also look at some of the limiting beliefs that tend to sabotage our friend making efforts. Join us for this super relatable episode of The Shift Show.

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    • 50 min
    010 Why Community Matters (with the Westmount Community League)

    010 Why Community Matters (with the Westmount Community League)

    What is community? What on earth is a 'block connector' and what does it mean to 'be elfed'? Andrea and Zac sit down with our guests this week: Carla Stolte and Jay Summach of the Westmount Community in Edmonton to get into all of this and more.
    As members of the Westmount Community League, Jay and Carla share their experience of living in a tight-knit community in a disconnected world.
    What makes a community connected? How has community connectedness changed over time? What can we do to be more connected with our neighbours?

    All this and more unpacked on this episode of The Shift Show.

    Shift Psych: https://shiftpsych.com/ 
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    To learn more about the Westmount Community League, visit their website or social media! 
    https://www.westmountcommunityleague.com/
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    https://www.instagram.com/westmountcl/
    https://www.instagram.com/carlastolte/
    https://www.instagram.com/westmount.grayjay/ 

    • 1 hr 6 min

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