Unstuck’s Response to COVID-19
In a short period of time, COVID-19 has changed all of our lives drastically. While everyone tries to figure out how to navigate the evolving new normal, there is one thing that remains unchanged—our care and concern for your health and well-being.
As such, we want to update you on what we are doing to reduce the transmission rate of COVID-19. For our part, we are delivering our services through video or telephone. We’ve delivered the Unstuck Method in these ways since we first opened our doors, so it’s not new for us. And for those of you wondering, yes, we can still do EMDR!
Anyone who is feeling ill or who has returned from out of country travel please follow the AHS guidelines and self-isolate. Even if your self-isolated, you can still work on your goals and connect with your psychologist by phone or video.
Your health and well-being are of utmost concern to us. Please feel free to connect with us, if you have questions.
COVID-19: A Mindful Approach
“Everything can be taken from a man but one thing: the last of the human freedoms—to choose one’s attitude in any given set of circumstances, to choose one’s own way.” – Viktor E. Frankl, Man’s Search for Meaning
Wise words from the neurologist, psychiatrist, and Holocaust survivor. They suggest that even when we are suddenly thrown into chaos, we always maintain the freedom to choose our state of mind. And that the choice we make has powerful implications for our suffering and resilience…
MORE THAN BLISSFUL IGNORANCE
There’s a science behind choosing optimism in one form or another. Multiple studies show the positive impacts of gratitude on physical, psychological, and relational well-being (Emmons et al., 2019; Petrocchi & Couyoumdjian, 2016; Wong et al., 2018; Wood et al., 2008). Some of these repeated discoveries include less stress, depression and anxiety, and increased feelings of social support, especially during life transitions.
But it’s about more than wishful thinking or blissful ignorance. The more we repeat certain thoughts and behaviours, the more our brains ingrain them (“neuroplasticity”). Basically, choosing a more positive way of thinking (or at least, not a catastrophic one) means we’re more likely to persist through adversity with greater ease over time.
WITH LOSSES COME GAINS
What could we possibly have to be grateful for amidst the multiple losses of freedom, power and control, routine and stability, health and safety, LIFE, and more? Could it be that we’ve gained an invaluable opportunity to finally. Slow. Down. On some level at least.
EMBRACE THE PAUSE
In a society that regularly keeps us busy, tired, distracted, and numbed, it’s easy to lose ourselves. Even without a pandemic many of us just go through the motions of life. We can become disconnected from our core values, needs, thought processes, emotions, and even our bodies. Therapy often focuses on helping clients re-establish a connection to these facets, promoting more conscious and balanced living, often through mindfulness-based practice.
Physical distancing has its unique challenges; we are, after all, hardwired for connection. It also has the potential to be a beautiful “reset” button, if approached from a place of graceful surrender. In some ways, we can engage in a simpler way of being without FOMO getting in the way.
We can more mindfully nurture our bodies, minds, and emotions. We can invest in our relationships with loved ones. The “social distancing” we are being called to do is, after all, more so “physical distancing”. We can tend to our living spaces and spend time in nature. We can reconnect with or re-evaluate our core values and beliefs, wants and needs.
We can embrace the pause that we so rarely grant ourselves permission to experience but is essential to healthy and happy living.
LIFE IS WHAT WE MAKE OF IT
With this pandemic, we’re not being asked to put life on hold; we’re being challenged to adapt and engage with it in a new way. Invited to embrace the ambiguity that is a defining characteristic of the human experience. This is living. Frankl (1984) proposes that the meaning of life, our purpose, is whatever we make it out to be. We buy what he’s selling. When all else seems lost to us, we always hold the power to choose our perspective. If we can choose anything, why not hope?
Robin’s Message To You
If there’s one thing I want you to know, it’s that you can feel better. Currently, you may be struggling with depression, anxiety, low self-esteem or some other pattern. You’ve likely tried everything to feel better. But no matter what you do, the pattern comes back.
I take your search for help seriously, and I want you to have best possible start. As the CEO of Unstuck, I realize your time and money are important to you, which is why I’m proud to offer you a risk-free consultation. Simply come in for a full 50-minute consultation, and if you decide if you and your therapist aren’t a good match, then you don’t pay for the session!
Come in and see if we’re the right fit for you. Book your risk-free consultation and let’s get started!
Depression. Anxiety. PTSD. Stuckness. We’re coming for you.
WHY YOUR FIRST APPOINTMENT MATTERS
Our risk-free consultation is one full session, face-to-face, with one of Edmonton’s best psychologists. Here’s how it works: if you think you and the therapist aren’t the right fit, then your session is free. The idea of a risk-free consultation came from our CEO’s desire to do the right thing. You see, Robin’s a bit of a research nerd. Because of her nerdy-nature, she made a few discoveries about how to help clients achieve better results faster.
Feel Better Faster
The first discovery, is that most people start to feel better between the time of making the first appointment and the end of the first appointment. Want to know how much better they feel? Seriously, you probably won’t believe it. Research says they feel 65 % better! By the end of the risk-free consultation, you’re likely to be feeling a heck of a lot better. So, that’s something!
95% Client Satisfaction Rate
Secondly, research tells us that one factor alone can predict how successful you’ll be in therapy. That one factor is how much you like your psychologist. Wild, right? The quality of the relationship between you and your psychologist is critical. In effect, the better the relationship, the more likely you’ll succeed. You may have read our stat that our clients experience a 95% satisfaction rate with their Unstuck psychologists. These high marks means that our clients achieve results. Because the relationship between you and your therapist is so important, we get your feedback every single session. We do everything possible to help you achieve your goals.
Take The First-Step
It’s because of the importance of the first session and having a good relationship with your therapist, that the risk-free consultation exists. It’s our way of honoring your first-step towards change, and helping you to feel better faster. Really, there’s not much downside here. See for yourself.
The Unstuck Method
Have you noticed that the very thing you’re trying not to do, you end up doing anyways? Patterns like depression, panic attacks, anxiety and perfectionism, etc. leave a person feeling defeated, lonely and confused.
Why The Unstuck Method Works
It’s no secret. We know that negative emotions, limiting beliefs (e.g. I’m not good enough, I’m bad, I’m going to be abandoned, etc.) and behaviors are generally caused by unresolved earlier experiences. As a result, these unresolved incidents cause distortion. It’s the distortions that push a person in wrong directions. As such, the distortion interferes with the way a person relates to their world and to other people. Research tells us that when a person is very upset their brain doesn’t process information like it usually does. Consequently, highly charged incidents remain “frozen in time”. These frozen memories are survival memories, and you bet your bottom dollar, you’re brain is going to keep these. In effect, the images, sounds, smells and feelings from the original experience are stuck in the brain. So, when you encounter a similar scenario, the frozen survival memories are activated and incorporated into the reasoning process. For example, while you logically know that no one is perfect, you still feel the need to be perfect. The felt need to be perfect is the distortion, and that’s the thing that causes problems. The Unstuck Method works with the way the brain sifts, sorts, and stores information. It helps the brain to remove the distortions and resume normal processing. (Processing is what your brain does to create a learning environment, whereby experiences are understood and stored appropriately.) The end result is that the unhelpful emotions, limiting beliefs and behaviors are discarded. In other words, you stop doing stupid stuff.
The Two Phased Approach
We have more good news for you. We’ve helped tons of people get out of problem patterns. Here’s how. The Unstuck Method is made up of two important phases. In the first phase, we work with you, as co-detectives, to solve the mystery of why you’re stuck. In the second phase, we use advanced EMDR (eye movement desensitization reprocessing) protocols to help you burst out of destructive patterns.
Notice The Difference
After treatment, you’ll no longer be driven towards similar destructive patterns. The Unstuck Method leaves you with the emotions, understanding and perspectives that lead to useful behaviors and interactions. What will your life look like once power of the pattern is gone? Let’s find out together. We’re ready when you are.
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