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 12, 2022 51 min

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 use it
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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 disorde...
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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...
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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 and...
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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 the more c...
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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
  • Whether or ...
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    May 3, 2021 42 min

    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 42 min

    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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    February 6, 2021 40 min

    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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    January 8, 2021 28 min

    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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