Category: Depression

Intro to Psychological Assessment for Parents: What to Expect

Often I get questions from parents and other caregivers who are inquiring about assessments in our practice.  Most commonly, an assessment has been suggested by an individual working with their child, and parents are left scratching their heads wondering about what this means and what the benefits are.  In this blog post, I will seek to answer some of these questions and clear up confusion.

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Fall 2019 Group Therapy Programs!

OnCourse Cayman is proud to announce THREE new Group Therapy Programs this Fall!

  1. Teen Power Tools for Life EAP Group

Calling all teens! Join us at the barn to learn important Life Skills and Power Tools for Living including Leadership, Problem-solving, Effective Communication and Building Relationships.

Groups are run by Dr. Alexandra Bodden, Clinical Psychologist, and Ms. Shanna Pandohie, Equine Specialist, both are certified with the Equine-Assisted Growth and Learning Association (EAGALA).

**All activities are done on foot on the ground. No riding involved.**

Teens (14-18 years) with difficulties with managing stress or building relationships

  1. Monday afternoons 4:00pm-5:00pm
  2. Cowboy Town Stables
  3. 8 week program
  4. CI$89.00 per person per session; insurance may cover
  5. Starting 16th September

 

  1. Overcoming Trauma EAP Group

Trauma can have a major impact in our lives. Come and see how horses can help you to gain new skills and insights to overcome trauma, build healthy relationships and create a fulfilling life.

Groups are run by Dr. Alexandra Bodden, Clinical Psychologist, and Ms. Shanna Pandohie, Equine Specialist, both are certified with the Equine-Assisted Growth and Learning Association (EAGALA).

**All activities are done on foot on the ground. No riding involved.**

  1. Adults (18+) who have experienced trauma
  2. Monday evenings 5:30pm-6:30pm
  3. Cowboy Town Stables
  4. 8 week program
  5. CI$89.00 per person per session; insurance may cover
  6. Starting 16th September

 

  1. DBT Adult Skills Training Groups

DBT is one of the leading programs for helping persons with Anxiety, Depression, Addictions and/or Trauma learn practical skills for managing difficult emotions and improving relationships.

DBT has four main areas: Core Mindfulness, Emotion Regulation, Interpersonal Effectiveness, Distress Tolerance.  We will be beginning with Core Mindfulness.  These skills help us learn to be in the moment, better manage stress and be more positive and engaged in activities in our daily lives.  They are also the foundation for the other modules.

Each module will be 8 weeks.

  1. Adults (17+) who have difficulties with managing emotions, tolerating difficult situations or building healthy relationships.
  2. Thursday lunchtime 12:30pm-1:30pm
  3. OnCourse Cayman Office in Regatta Office Park (WB Road)
  4. CI$89.00 per person per session; insurance may cover
  5. Starting 19th September

Divorce and the Holidays

For the past few weeks, we have been giving tips to help the holidays remain a time of happiness and cheer.  As a psychologist who works with many children and adolescents, I often hear about divorce.  Youths often discuss verbal sparring of parents and caregivers, which can become especially problematic on the holidays.  Or, I hear about the anxiety and fear of these fights occurring.

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Grief and the Holidays

Last week, we discussed dealing with difficult personalities around the holidays.  This week, we will be focusing on grief during the holiday season.  Grief comes in many forms.  Some folks may be experiencing the holidays following the passing of a dear loved one.  Some people (like me) are far away from their loved ones.  Some individuals grieve or become lonely because they do not have the stereotypical family or experiences featured on the overabundance of holiday commercials shown this time of year.  When it comes to grief, experts recommend: Read more

Dealing with Difficult Personalities During the Holidays

Ahh, the holidays.  Christmas trees, Santa, Reindeer, the Three Wise Men, Snowmen, etc….

This time of year is supposed to be one of happiness, family, and festivity.  However, it can also be one of sadness, loneliness, and depression.  The holidays can be extremely difficult for a number of reasons.  For the next few weeks, we will be highlighting some helpful tips for getting through this season of cheer. Read more

Growing Pains of Change

When my good friend and colleague Dr. Bodden asked me if I would like to contribute to our blog, I spent some time thinking about what I would like to discuss.  I have a lot of thoughts and a lot of opinions!  After thinking over topics for some time, I decided to discuss something close to home.  Dr. Bodden’s most recent blog post referencing embracing opportunities felt like the perfect jumping off point for this current blog post I am sharing.

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Ready. Set. Breathe.

For more information, tips and skills from Dr. Bodden, check out her blog at: Ready. Set. Breathe.

Direct Links to Articles Below:

Ready. Set. Breathe. – Dr. Bodden discusses the benefits of relaxation and walks you through her favourite type of Deep Breathing.

Think Happy. Be Happy. – Cognitive Restructuring is one of the main techniques in Cognitive Behavioural Therapy.  Here Dr. Bodden shows you how to take control of your thoughts and increase postivity.

How to Get a Good Night’s Sleep – Sleep is important to allow our body to rest and recharge.  Dr. Bodden gives you strategies that you can use today for a better sleep tonight.

Assertiveness – The Art of Effective Communication – Dr. Bodden outlines the different Communication Styles and outlines Assertiveness to help you by more effective in your relationships and daily interactions with others.

Fair Fighting to Build Relationships – Here Dr. Bodden takes it a step further to walk you through helpful strategies to resolve conflicts and improve relationships.

Radical Acceptance – How to Not Cry Over Spilt Milk – Sometimes there are situations that we must deal with that are out of our control.  Here Dr. Bodden discussed Radical Acceptance to help you accept the circumstances and move through the situation.

The Gifts of Gratitude – Give Thanks. Get Happy. – Gratitude is a great way to increase our positive focus and energy.  Dr. Bodden outlines the practice of Gratitude and how to incorporate it into your daily routine.

These and more are available on Dr. Bodden’s website!

Suicide Prevention Awareness

September is Suicide Prevention Awareness Month.  Did you know:

  1. Worldwide there is 1 death by suicide every 40 seconds
  2. Suicide is the third leading cause of death for individuals aged 15-44 years old
  3. In Cayman , a PAHO report examining 848 students indicated that 22.6% of students had thought about suicide, with 57.9% of those youth considering a plan of how they would attempt suicide.

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Intro to Psychological Assessment for Parents: What to Expect

Often I get questions from parents and other caregivers who are inquiring about assessments in our practice.  Most commonly, …

Fall 2019 Group Therapy Programs!

OnCourse Cayman is proud to announce THREE new Group Therapy Programs this Fall! Teen Power Tools for Life EAP Group Calling …

Divorce and the Holidays

For the past few weeks, we have been giving tips to help the holidays remain a time of happiness and cheer.  As a psychologist …