Experts Connect with HelpMeSara

Experts Connect with HelpMeSara

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.

Episodes

May 3, 2021

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 Lyn...
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    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 educato...
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    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 ...
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    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 e...
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    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 ...
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    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 deve...
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    Sara Dimerman in conversation with Janyce Lastman about the impact of stopping and starting school during the pandemic. Over the course of this episode you will learn more about:

  • The impact that this has had on parents, students and teachers.
  • Some of the most challenging aspects of both having kids at home with their parents 24/7 in addition to online learning.
  • What parents and teachers can do to help support kids when they are asked...
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    Sara Dimerman in conversation with sexual health educator and consultant, Carly Basian about how to promote healthy sexual development, from toddlers to teens. Over the course of this episode you will learn more about:

  • Why it's important that teachers and parents understand how to promote healthy sexual development in children.
  • How young is too young to begin communicating in a way that supports and promotes healthy sexual devel...
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    February 13, 2021

    Sara Dimerman in conversation with Lauren Barrett about how to live through loss. Over the course of this episode you will learn more about:

  • The different kinds of loss that we are likely to experience in our lifetime
  • How unexpected or sudden loss differs from loss that is anticipated
  • Emotions experienced by most human beings after someone close to them dies
  • Whether or not it's typical for people to expect to overcome their loss w...
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    Sara Dimerman in conversation with dating coach, Damona Hoffman, on the do's and don'ts of dating. Over the course of this episode you will learn more about:

  • The role of a dating coach
  • Whether dating is different in your fifties or sixties compared to your twenties or thirties, for example
  • How dating is different now compared to decades ago
  • Whether or not men and women approach dating differently
  • How dating is different now tha...
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    Sara Dimerman in conversation with Brent Edwards, about helping newcomers understand Canadian business culture. Over the course of this episode you will learn more about:

  • How Brent Edwards got to where he's at in his career today and more about how he helps people who have recently immigrated to Canada
  • What most surprises newcomers to about Canadian business culture
  • The value of networking and how it's done
  • Important things fo...
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    Sara Dimerman in conversation with Giselle Bloch, about understanding the transgender world, from a parent's perspective. Over the course of this episode you will learn more about:

  • Understanding words used in the LGBTQ+ community and beyond, such as transgender and cisgender, non binary and pronouns they/them.
  • The difference between gender identity and sexuality.
  • Giselle's personal experience as a parent of a transgender ...
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    Sara Dimerman in conversation with Jayni Bloch, about how to tap into your creative and intuitive self. Over the course of this episode you will learn more about:

  • Jayni, her work and some of her creative endeavours
  • What tapping into one's creative and intuitive self means
  • Whether the creative and intuitive parts of one's self are connected and if so, how
  • Whether everyone has the potential to tap into these parts of oneself and...
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    Sara Dimerman in conversation with Shir Azari, about how song soothes the soul. Over the course of this episode you will learn more about:

  • Shir's journey, from a young child to where she is today
  • How song soothes Shir's soul, why she thinks song soothes others' souls and what it is about music that inspires or evokes emotion in us
  • Supports in Shir's life and whether being able to pursue her passion has been impacted b...
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    Sara Dimerman in conversation with Jane Doucet, about finding your recipe for career satisfaction. Over the course of this episode you will learn more about:

  • Jane's career path
  • Her ingredients for career satisfaction
  • Her books, why she became an author and wrote her books in particular
  • Whether it matters where you're living or who you're living with in regards to career satisfaction
  • Whether someone can be equally as satisfi...
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    Sara Dimerman in conversation with Allison O'Connor, about her journey towards adopting a child internationally. Over the course of this episode you will learn more about:

  • Allison's life before adopting Cameron
  • Whether an international adoption was what she had always planned on
  • How old Cameron was when she adopted him and some of her experiences before and after he was born
  • Cameron's growing up years and what he's up ...
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    December 5, 2020

    Sara Dimerman in conversation with Samantha Kemp-Jackson about parenting through pain. Over the course of this episode you will learn more about:

  • Samantha's parenting and career journey as the mom of four
  • An incident that led to her being physically incapacitated and how this impacted her ability to parent as she once did
  • How Lupus has made parenting more challenging
  • Resources that have been helpful
  • How to tell the kids about your ...
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    Sara Dimerman in conversation with Janyce Lastman about how students, parents and teachers are adjusting to the "new normal" of learning. Over the course of this episode you will learn more about:

  • The challenges that students and teachers are facing such as eye strain, irritability and fatigue
  • Mid-term difficulties as a result of students switching back into the classroom after being online and vice-versa
  • Some of the social c...
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    Sara Dimerman in conversation with Brittany Shields about helping post secondary students find the "right" career path. Over the course of this episode you will learn more about:

  • How typical it is for graduating high school students not to know what they want to do when they grow up, so to speak
  • How typical it is for undergraduate students who are considering taking further steps by applying to a Masters or post graduate pro...
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    Sara Dimerman in conversation with Ann Douglas about strategies to support your family's mental health this Winter. Over the course of this episode you will learn more about:

  • Ann's personal journey and how this impacts what she writes about
  • Ann's work as a mental health advocate
  • Why our mental health is more affected by the Winter months
  • Why this is especially relevant during Covid
  • Some strategies to support your family’s m...
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