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  •  Female girl holding a teddy bear while in therapy
    11/08/2022 0 Comments
    Child Trauma Therapy: Types of Trauma That Children Experience

    According to Raising Canada, "One-third of children in Canada do not enjoy a safe and healthy childhood, and one in three Canadians report experiencing abuse before the age of 15." By age 15, if there was nobody to help intervene or assist, the trauma sets in and is much harder to recover from.

    We will break down some common traumas for children and how to help with child trauma therapy. Keep reading to learn what you need to know. 

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  • Black and white photo with a person on a black background showing signs of anxiety.
    11/08/2022 0 Comments
    Key Symptoms of Anxiety to Look Out For

    4.6% of Canadians have an anxiety disorder. It's one of the most common mental health issues in the country. It's even more common if you have other mental health disorders, and treating one provides relief from the others.


    Have you ever wondered, "what is anxiety?" The simplest answer is that it's a consistent, excessive reaction to stress. It's caused by changes in the brain and body that create a fight-or-flight response.


    Common anxiety symptoms include a racing heart, excessive rumination, and digestive issues. Knowing how the condition affects your mental and physical health helps you decide what type of treatment to seek out.


    Read on to have anxiety explained and learn the most common mental and physical symptoms it causes.

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  • Photo of a couple dressed in white assisting a therapy session.
    25/06/2022 0 Comments
    Important Factors to Consider Before Starting Couples Therapy

    The decision to start couples therapy is a difficult one. It requires that you accept your current situation and make a combined effort to move forward. 


    Simply attending couples therapy isn't enough, however. Several things impact the efficacy of your couple's therapy. We will look through some of those factors, giving you essential couples therapy tips that could make a difference for you and your partner. 


    We hope our brief couples therapy guide gives you food for thought that contributes to a positive change. Let's get started. 

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  • Photo of a couple sitting on a bed using the computer.
    23/05/2022 0 Comments
    Why Emotional Intelligence Is Key in a Relationship

    Do you sometimes struggle to understand your partner? In a relationship, emotional intelligence is vital for a healthy, happy long-term relationship. It is also an area that many men and women struggle with.

    So, what is emotional intelligence? This is the ability to recognize, understand and control emotions. It is understanding your own emotions as well as the ability to understand and empathize with the emotions of others.

    Keep reading to discover why emotional intelligence is so important in a relationship.

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  • Image of a dropped pill bottle over a table, with a glass of whisky and a hand on a blurry background.
    29/03/2022 0 Comments
    The Cycle of Addiction. Everything You Need to Know

    Edmonton has seen a significant rise in drug poisoning deaths when it comes to addiction. In fact, in 2020, 456 Edmontonians lost their lives to overdose. This number is almost double that of 2019.

    The cycle of addiction can affect anyone at any time. So, while it's thought that one only needs to use a drug once to become addicted to drugs, that's not altogether true. The truth is that it's more intricate than that.

    Every addict goes through an addiction cycle. Knowing the cycle and how to help can potentially change the life of a loved one battling addiction. Keep reading to understand more about the addiction cycle.


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  • Letter blocks over a wooden table forming the word EMDR and each word meaning.
    29/03/2022 0 Comments
    What Is EMDR Therapy for Trauma and PTSD?

    One in five Canadians will have a mental illness at one point in their life. Some will have chronic issues, while others will experience acute trauma, receive treatment, and get better.

    Mental illnesses are some of the deadliest medical conditions that exist, and treatment for them can be literally life-saving. One of those treatment methods is called EMDR, or Eye Movement Desensitisation Reprocessing.

    If you're looking for something that isn't just talk therapy, want to add to your therapy sessions, or are asking, "what is EMDR therapy?" you're in the right place.

    We're getting into the details below.

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  • Male and female couple assisting a marriage counselling session
    23/11/2021 0 Comments
    How Does the Blueprint You Learned in Your Family of Origin Impact Your Marriage?

    Did you know that in a study of 87 countries, Canada was found to have the 29th highest divorce rate?

    Conflict is one of many reasons for ended marriages. But did you know that the sources of these conflicts may start long before the relationships themselves?

    Your family of origin determines how you exist in relationships throughout your life. Marriage counselling can help you and your spouse uncover clues about your families of origin, and how they are impacting your relationships.

    If you're thinking, "What is a family of origin?" or "How do I find marriage counselling in Edmonton?" don't worry. Keep reading to learn how your family of origin may be impacting you and your marriage and what you can do about it.


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  • Young female reflecting and listening to her psychologist
    23/11/2021 0 Comments
    How Does Childhood Trauma Impact Adult Relationships?

    Childhood is meant to be a time of innocence, growth, and exploration. However, all too often, that idyllic path can be ruined by a traumatic experience. In fact, three-fifths of children are likely to experience a traumatic event.

    Childhood trauma is a serious issue that can continue to affect individuals long into adulthood. Keep reading to learn about the impact that childhood trauma can have on adults and their relationships. You'll also discover the effect of EMDR treatment on recovery.


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  • depressed woman sitting in the room
    30/12/2020 0 Comments
    Five Things to Know About Trauma

    Nearly 70% of Canadians have experienced a traumatic event in their life. 


    Trauma is defined as a deeply disturbing event or experience, such as a death, illness, or anything life-threatening that changes a person's life. While many people experience trauma, not everyone reaches out for help. 


    If you think you might be struggling with this life-altering event, here's five things to know about trauma for Edmonton residents


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  • Five Benefits of Online Therapy for Your Mental Health
    07/10/2020 0 Comments
    Five Benefits of Online Therapy for Your Mental Health

    COVID-19 has had a huge impact on nearly every aspect of our daily lives. Research shows that the pandemic has specifically had a huge impact on women's mental health.

    Many of us are dealing with job losses, business closures, or the loss of loved ones. Long-term health issues caused by COVID can also add to stress or anxiety.

    Therapy can help you to work through these issues. What do you do if you don't feel safe attending sessions? Try online therapy! Let's take a look at the five benefits of online therapy.

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  • Anxiety and the Effect on Your Body
    07/10/2020 0 Comments
    Anxiety and the Effect on Your Body

    Anxiety is far worse than simply being worried about something. It's a mental health disorder that can have far-reaching effects in a person's life.

    41 percent of Canadians identify as a person who struggles with anxiety. It's also not just a mental health problem. You need to be aware of the physical effects of anxiety too. Read on to find out what they are.

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  • Child play with toys
    01/09/2020 0 Comments
    Frequently Asked Questions About Child Counselling

    Child counselling offers invaluable insight into your child’s social, emotional, and mental health. If your child has been feeling low for a long time now, you can bring him or her to our team of experienced, registered psychologists. For some people, feelings of sadness go away in some days, but it is alarming if any of your loved ones are experiencing problems in getting on with their lives. Don’t let the idea of bringing your child to our psychologists scare you. Gary J. Meiers, Ph.D., Jo Ann Hammond-Meiers, Ph.D. and Associates have been in practice since 1991. We provide therapy to help children cope with a range of issues such as behavioural problems, anxiety issues, depression, emotional regulation, and getting along within the family.

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    01/09/2020 0 Comments
    What Are the Benefits and Effectiveness of EMDR Therapy?

    Eye movement desensitization and reprocessing therapy (EMDR) is an effective anxiety therapy for removing the effects of trauma. It is an eight-stage process that targets the past, present, and future of the patients along with the negative experiences in their lives. If you are looking to attend an EMDR therapy session, Gary J. Meiers, Ph.D., Jo Ann Hammond-Meiers, Ph.D. and Associates can help you out.

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  • Trauma treatment in Edmonton Alberta
    08/02/2019 0 Comments
    What Are the Causes of Psychological Trauma?

    Trauma is an emotional and psychological response to an extremely distressing event. Most people will experience trauma at some point in their lives. In certain situations, the effects of trauma can be long-lasting and have the potential to interfere with your day-to-day functioning even years after the event. At Gary J. Meiers, Ph.D., Jo Ann Hammond-Meiers, Ph.D. and Associates Ltd., we provide counselling for trauma in Edmonton to help people recover from a wide variety of traumatic events.

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  • Coping with depression in Edmonton Alberta
    25/07/2018 0 Comments
    How to Cope with Depression

    Depression is a common mood disorder that affects one out of every eight Canadians. It can greatly change how you feel about the world and how you go through your day-to-day life. If you are dealing with depression in Edmonton, you are certainly not alone and you are certainly not without help.

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  • Child counselling in Edmonton Alberta
    22/06/2018 0 Comments
    When to Get Counselling for Your Child

    Counselling is not just for adults. Children, too, can develop emotional and behavioural problems that require professional psychological treatment. Unfortunately, many children who could benefit from the help of a mental health professional do not receive it. The earlier that children who need help receive child counselling in Edmonton, the better their outcomes are likely to be. The registered psychologists at Gary J. Meiers, Ph.D., Jo Ann Hammond-Meiers, Ph.D. and Associates Ltd. recommend that you seek counselling for your child in the following situations.

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  • Meiersand Associates Marriage counselling in Edmonton Alberta
    28/09/2017 0 Comments
    Signs It's Time to See a Marriage Counsellor

    Marriage counselling can be an important component of keeping a marriage happy and healthy. It doesn't matter whether you and your spouse are newlyweds or you've been married for decades - couples can need a little extra help sorting things out at any stage in their relationship.

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  • Meiersand Associates Depression treatment in Edmonton Alberta
    18/08/2017 0 Comments
    Why We Need Mental Health Awareness

    Mental health is an absolutely vital component of overall health and well-being. Unfortunately, we've still got quite a ways to go when it comes to mental health awareness. At Gary J. Meiers, Ph.D., Jo Ann Hammond-Meiers, Ph.D.

    and Associates Ltd., our registered psychologists help people in Edmonton with anxiety, depression, post-traumatic stress disorder, and other mental health disorders. We've seen firsthand how important mental health awareness is.

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  • trauma and anxiety in Edmonton, Alberta
    04/04/2017 0 Comments
    Understanding Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder

    Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) affects people from all walks of life, and can greatly inhibit the enjoyment and fulfillness they find in their lives. The Registered Psychologists at Gary J. Meiers, Ph.D., Jo Ann Hammond-Meiers, Ph.D. and Associates Ltd. treat trauma and anxiety in Edmonton, including PTSD, and our clients have benefited greatly from seeking to understand and find help for their condition. If you worry that you might have PTSD, then it's important to take note of your symptoms and seek out professional treatment.

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  • Mental health awareness in Edmonton Alberta
    13/01/2017 0 Comments
    Your Professionals for Mental Health and Depression in Edmonton

    There was a lot of discussion around mental health in 2016, culminating with the loss of a champion advocate for mental health awareness when Carrie Fisher died on December 27. Raising awareness is no easy task; it takes years of momentum from grassroots groups to catch the eye of media, business, service organizations, and government. It’s hard work, but the power to reach and teach the public is well worth it for both advocates and those living with a mental health concern.

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Gary J. Meiers, Ph.D., Jo Ann Hammond-Meiers, Ph.D. and Associates Ltd. would like to share some resources that have helped shed light on EMDR, other types of therapies well as information on a range of topics affecting our patients. While these resources should never be interpreted as a primary means to self-diagnose or treat a condition, they can help gain further knowledge on a particular subject matter.

To schedule an appointment with a therapist at Gary J. Meiers, Ph.D., Jo Ann Hammond-Meiers, Ph.D. and Associates Ltd., please give us a call.

Educational and Career Information

Specific information about Alberta’s post-secondary colleges on the web

Career learning and employment information online

Anxiety Disorders

Anxiety Disorder Association of America — Information on a variety of anxiety disorders

National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH) — Information about different anxiety disorders

Alcohol Abuse and Recovery

Community Resources

Credit Counselling — A site to help you with money matters, your budget, and dealing with loans and credit cards


American Association for Marriage and Family Therapy — Bimonthly clinical updates on topics ranging from depression and intimacy to marriage and family wellness

Figment: A Community Website for Teens

Figment is an online community to share your writing, connect with other readers, and discover new stories and authors. Whatever you're into; from sonnets to mysteries, from sci-fi stories to cell phone novels, you can find it all here — visit the Figment website today!

Kids’ Stuff

CBC Kids is a cool online hangout for kids. This website features games, amazing science, family-friendly jokes, tongue-twisters, homework helpers, and a virtual lab where you can take a trip through the galaxy! (Discovery KIDS™) offers creepy information about worms, bugs, and other “oh-so-gross stuff.” Check it out!


Crayola® — Who doesn’t love colouring? This site features fun projects that the whole family will enjoy! is a website featuring film ratings and reviews from actual parents. This is a great resource to determine which movies are appropriate for your kids.

Health Concerns

Health Canada — This website has everything you may want to know about a particular condition and other health-related topics. 

National Sleep Foundation — Don’t hit the snooze button on these important sleep-related topics!

Therapeutic Humor with Dr. Steve — Get some humour therapy with this hilarious website! — Explore all the various systems that make up the human body. 

Mayo Clinic — Discover the latest medical research and find educational materials on numerous health conditions.

No More Spanking or Harsh Verbal Discipline

American Academy of Pediatrics — In this Medical News Podcast, Jennifer Abbasi interviews Robert Sege, MD, Ph.D., co-author of the recent American Academy of Pediatrics policy statement on corporal punishment for children.


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