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

April 16, 2024 53 mins

Sara Dimerman in conversation with Phyllis Taylor. Over the course of this episode you will learn more about:

  • Phyllis Taylor and what led to writing her book
  • How well equipped Ontario's prison system is to rehabilitate offenders
  • Issues that prisons seem either well or poorly equipped to handle
  • Whether prisons are best suited for certain offenders and not the right place for others
  • With crime on the rise, what Phyllis recommend...
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Sara Dimerman in conversation with Lesley Rosenthal about saying goodbye to a beloved pet.

Over the course of this episode you will learn more about:

  • How saying goodbye to a beloved pet is different to or the same as saying goodbye to a beloved human family member or friend
  • What to keep in mind when making the decision to euthanize
  • Whether to include children in the decision to euthanize your pet
  • Knowing when the time is "righ...
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December 26, 2023 33 mins

Sara Dimerman in conversation with Alexandra Jai about about drumming out our feelings.

Over the course of this episode you will learn more about:

  • Alexandra's personal journey and how drumming allowed her to express her feelings and heal when she needed it most
  • Mindful breath, mindful movement and mindful hand drumming and how, by integrating breath, body and beat we may experience rhythm bliss
  • Finding one's rhythm zone and ho...
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Sara Dimerman in conversation with Kimberly Gawne about homeschooling. Over the course of this episode you will learn more about:

  • What homeschooling means
  • Whether there's an age or grade at which it's best to begin homeschooling
  • Whether homeschooling is the right choice for every child and family
  • The benefits of homeschooling
  • Whether there are any drawbacks to homeschooling, including the possibility of less socialization
  • Whet...
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Sara Dimerman in conversation with Stephanie Gutnik about how recent grads can prepare themselves for the working world.

Over the course of this episode you will learn more about:

  • Whether it's normal or not to feel fearful about what lies ahead?
  • Whether or not most people find that "right" job and one that they love right away
  • Whether the work culture as we now know it - often hybrid or completely remote - is a detriment to y...
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Sara Dimerman in conversation with Carol Mott about the power of perseverance in one's healing process. Over the course of this episode you will learn more about:

  • What took place on April 21st, 2022 when Carol suffered a spontaneous hemorrhage in her spine which caused paralysis from the waist down
  • What happened in the days and weeks following that very sudden and shocking experience
  • What impact her state of mind had on her re...
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Sara Dimerman in conversation with medical student Tera Armel about her personal journey on retraining her brain to manage chronic pain.

Over the course of this episode you will learn more about:

  • Neuroplastic pain
  • What happened to Tera during her final year of undergrad at university and how her life changed after that
  • Interventions to manage pain and how they helped or didn't
  • How mental health is impacted by chronic pain
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Sara Dimerman in conversation with Rich Padulo. Over the course of this episode you will learn more about:

  • Treat Accessibly, when and how it got started and its future goals
  • How Treat Accessibly has grown over the years and the support it is receiving from communities and organizations
  • How you can learn more about Treat Accessibly and what you can can do to get involved
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September 10, 2022 39 mins

Sara Dimerman in conversation with Larissa Mills. Over the course of this episode you will learn more about:

  • Why cell phones should be banned at school
  • Whether, other than school, they should be banned elsewhere
  • The impact of putting cell phones in the hands of toddlers or pre-schoolers
  • The impact of cell phones on children's physical, psychological and social growth
  • Whether it's ever too late to turn things around ie how pare...
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Sara Dimerman in conversation with Dr. Laura Loli-Dano. Over the course of this episode you will learn more about:

  • The five universal WHO (World Health Organization) QualityRights Standards and why they matter in the context of self or a loved one receiving care
  • How being fully aware of people's human rights, in the context of health care systems, no matter how burdened the health care systems are, helps make informed and peop...
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May 25, 2022 37 mins
Sara Dimerman in conversation with Sandee Sharpe. Over the course of this episode you will learn more about:
  • What the word "retire" conjures up for most people
  • Whether retirement is different now to what it was like decades ago
  • What most people typically look forward to
  • Some of the more typical concerns that people have as they move closer to retirement
  • How we can begin to navigate changes successfully
  • The impact on others suc...
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April 12, 2022 51 mins

Sara Dimerman in conversation with psychologist Sarah Chana Radcliffe. Over the course of this episode you will learn more about:

  • What a tic disorder means
  • The connection between a tic disorder and Tourette Syndrome
  • Whether there is a typical age at which tics present themselves
  • Whether or not gender is a factor
  • Why tics occur
  • Typical treatment approaches for tics and by whom
  • Sarah Chana's latest book, No More Tics and how to ...
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Sara Dimerman in conversation with Registered Social Worker Clarissa Kennedy. Over the course of this episode you will learn more about:

  • What a food addiction means
  • Whether or not it differs from other addictions, such as to alcohol or gambling, for example
  • Whether or not it is recognized as an addiction in diagnostic manuals that mental health professionals refer to
  • If food addiction falls under the same category as an eating...
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Sara Dimerman in conversation with author Julie Starr. Over the course of this episode you will learn more about:

  • Julie's personal story with the intention of helping other women feel less alone, to know that what they are feeling is normal and to prepare them for what lies ahead.
  • Practical advice for women who are also parents, how to break the news of a separation to kids and how to manage one's feelings towards an ex when y...
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Sara Dimerman in conversation with author Ailsa Keppie. Over the course of this episode you will learn more about:

  • How Ailsa's journey into another culture and customs helped her to become more aware and sensitive towards cultural differences
  • How her experiences helped her when working with others as a healer
  • What Ailsa believes are the most compelling messages throughout her book
  • Why she chose to leave the culture she adopted...
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Sara Dimerman in conversation with Dr. Riina Bray. Over the course of this episode you will learn more about:

  • What Multiple Chemical Sensitivity (MCS) means
  • The difference between an allergy and a sensitivity
  • Some of the signs and symptoms of MCS
  • How to go about getting this confirmed and the benefits of knowing that you have MCS
  • Whether most people who are sensitive to one chemical are likely sensitive to more or all
  • Some of ...
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Sara Dimerman in conversation with Dr. Alex Korb. Over the course of this episode you will learn more about:

  • The difference between being sad versus depressed
  • The varying degrees of depression
  • Some of the most typical symptoms of depression
  • How to go about figuring out if you are clinically depressed or not
  • What causes one to be depressed
  • The connection between depression and anxiety
  • The connection between depression and sleep
  • ...
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May 3, 2021 42 mins

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 Lynd...
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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 ed...
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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 your...
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