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We’re on a mission to make the world of psychology approachable, easy to understand, and (*gasp*) enjoyable. Join us every other Thursday as we use psychological insight to unravel the craziness of life; from porn addiction to toxic parenting, and everything in between. And don’t worry, we’ll leave out the psychobabble.
16 Episodes
Parents are human, it’s okay to make mistakes! Shifters Zac and Sarah talk about the highs and lows of parenting during the peak of COVID.
In case you’re just joining the party, Shift Psychs, Zac Erickson and Sarah [...], sit down with Shift CEO and founder, Andrea McTague, for a chat on who we are and why we’re talking to you about all this stuff.Born out of Andrea’s love-hate relationship with traditional psychology (love the foundation, hate the delivery), Shift kicks the status quo to the curb. Here's the traditional equation: therapy = (couch + talking) x ∞. There’s no game plan -- and if there is, you don’t get to see it -- and no end in sight. It goes like this: Find a “good fit.” (What does that even mean?? And why is personality more important than skill!? Would you want Mr. Rogers to be your surgeon?). Vent about your week: Chat a lot, feel crummy a lot, get validated a lot. #codependentmuch? Pay a ton of money.Repeat steps 1-3. Are you better? Who knows? How would you even know?After tearing traditional psych a new one, Andrea, Zac and Sarah dive into how Shift changes the game with pattern theory: a framework based on psychological methods and theories that anyone can understand in five minutes. Along the way, they discuss informed consent, how it feels when your house is on fire and which Pizza Pops are the yummiest.
This is a really important issue that we’re passionate about. First responders of all kinds, including firefighters, paramedics and police officers, deal with trauma every day. The long term (and short term) impacts of experiencing traumas are by no means light. We wanted to bring light to this issue by providing some education around the types of traumas that first responders experience, how it impacts them and some of the proactive measures we can take to lessen the impacts of those traumas. In The Shift Show Episode 13 we speak to Daniel Sundahl of DanSun Photo Art. Dan has been a full-time firefighter and paramedic since 2003, and that's where he gets all his motivation for his emergency services artwork. He has a real passion for raising mental health and PTSD awareness for his profession.Shift Psych: Photo ArtFacebook:
Sometimes life confronts us with tragic events, things out of our control, which bring on a myriad of emotions and impact our beliefs about ourselves and the world.  One of these heartbreaking arenas is infant loss and pregnancy loss.  Once shrouded in quiet suffering and stigma, we are thankful that more and more open conversations about these not-so-uncommon events are occurring.  Still, hesitation to discuss a loss of a pregnancy or child still abounds.  Sometimes this is because the pregnancy was not yet disclosed, sometimes it is because the grief pushes people into hiding, sometimes it is because they simply do not know how to broach the topic and sometimes it is individual choice.  Everyone experiences grief differently and encouraging and supporting individuals in the way they most adaptively address it should be the goal for both therapists and loved ones. As a loved one, it is also important to know when to step in when the individual is struggling.  It can be difficult to know what to say or how to help, however.  Finding a way to be supportive involves knowing a bit about what the loss means to the individual and knowing a little bit about how they would like you to support them.  Sometimes it is a memorial, something to honor the child or pregnancy, holding space for them to discuss or a casserole dropped off.  Removing the shroud of secrecy, if they are comfortable, can offer a place to process what has happened.  Things to steer clear of include: being dismissive “well, you can just get pregnant again” type of comments, assuming what the attachment level to the child or pregnancy is, forcing a conversation, flat out ignoring it, minimizing the event or emotional responses and assuming it has only affected the woman.Often, in the acute stages of grief, directly following the loss, loved ones are the most supportive.  In the case of pregnancy or infant loss, there are often far-reaching effects, and traumatic memories amplified by anniversaries, important life events, other’s pregnancies or children and subsequent pregnancies. Being supportive and aware of this over the long run is helpful in assisting someone dealing with grief of this nature.  A conversation, knowledge and acknowledgement go a long way.  As does therapy around the loss.  Incorporating significant life events into our worldview and present life experience, regardless of whether they are positive or negative, is an important part of a healthy response to trauma.  At Shift, we endeavor to identify any limiting beliefs- negative thoughts about ourselves or the world- that are activated by miscarriage or infant loss.  Quelling the limiting beliefs allows us to use more of our cognitive processes, reduces maladaptive emotions and  remain mentally healthy.  Doing so also helps with the ability to remember the good parts and happy memories- no matter how fleeting they were. Shift’s therapeutic protocol can help navigate through grief and the challenges associated with loss.  We focus on ensuring that these tragic experiences are adaptively addressed and avoid becoming issues of complex grief, wherein an individual gets “stuck” or has maladaptive responses. In The Shift Show Episode 12, we speak to Kristina Oriold, founder of Tiny Footprints.  Tiny Footprints is an organization which raises awareness and provides support for individuals dealing with pregnancy loss and infant loss.  Shift Psych:
Do you find it difficult to create and maintain friendships as an adult? Well, you’re not the only one. Only a small number of Canadians would say they are ‘satisfied’ with their social lives.Why is this? What are the barriers to making friends in adulthood and what are some ways to get past these barriers? Zac and Shift clinician Sam Greenwood explore all of these questions.They’ll also look at some of the limiting beliefs that tend to sabotage our friend making efforts. Join us for this super relatable episode of The Shift Show. Psych: Instagram:  YouTube:
What is community? What on earth is a 'block connector' and what does it mean to 'be elfed'? Andrea and Zac sit down with our guests this week: Carla Stolte and Jay Summach of the Westmount Community in Edmonton to get into all of this and more.As members of the Westmount Community League, Jay and Carla share their experience of living in a tight-knit community in a disconnected world.What makes a community connected? How has community connectedness changed over time? What can we do to be more connected with our neighbours? All this and more unpacked on this episode of The Shift Show. Shift Psych: Instagram: YouTube: learn more about the Westmount Community League, visit their website or social media! 
Recorded during the wake of the pandemic, Andrea and Zac have a timely discussion about the widespread issue of loneliness and the importance of social connection. Where does our drive for social interaction and connectivity come from? What hinders social connectivity and what fosters it? How can we improve our relationships and feel closer to the people in our lives? All this and more on this episode of The Shift Show! Psych: Instagram: YouTube:
Shift psychologist Sarah O'Brien sits down with Michelle Okere, the CEO of Compassion House Foundation, to try and understand the emotional journey that many individuals experience during their cancer treatment and recovery. Michelle and Sarah discuss some of the common, and even surprising, emotions that cancer survivors experience, from guilt to relief. They also take a look at some tips to help cancer survivors with emotional regulation and coping.  Michelle and Sarah explore some of the ways that friends and family can support the cancer survivor in their lives and some of the ways that this can be challenging for both parties. Psych:
Zac shares his experience of dealing with Attention Deficit Disorder. He discusses being able to understand some of the symptoms that his ADD created in childhood, like not being able to sustain mental effort in early assignments in school. When something was not stimulating enough to hold his attention in childhood he often encountered shame-based accusations of being lazy, stupid or destructive. Zac also discusses the often neglected, positive coping strategies and behaviours which ADHD may produce. Zac also refers to the book, “Delivered from Distraction: Getting the Most out of Life with Attention Deficit Disorder“, by Edward M. Hallowell (Author), John J. Ratey (Author). It covers some of the advantageous characteristics of ADD.  Olga explores anxiety as a secondary symptom or co-morbid disorders that present as a result of untreated ADD. On average children receive as much as 10X negative feedback from adults. Over time, depending on the personality of the child and depending on if the child has supportive adult figures in their life; children can suffer anxiety or depressive disorders. Psych: Instagram: YouTube:
Sometimes people think they need couples counselling, when they actually need some intense individual therapy. Zac Erickson and Dr. Lindsay Sewall help tease these apart so you can recognize when limiting beliefs are at the core of relationship issues.Limiting beliefs can look like perfectionism, sensitivity to rejection, or an unwillingness to consider someone else’s perspective. We go over several different limiting beliefs and how they show up in your relationship. Shift Psych: Instagram: YouTube:
Shifter and full-time mom Sarah O'Brien shares her experience with pregnancy, birth and everything in between.What are some of the secret struggles women go through during pregnancy? What are postpartum depression and anxiety really like and how common are they? How do men and women experience pregnancy and birth differently? Is there a right way to give birth? How about a right way to care for your newborn? Andrea and Sarah discuss all these questions and more on this episode. Episode webpage: Shift Psych: Instagram: YouTube:
Join Zac and Natasha as they discuss some of the feelings of disgust and shame which often arise in regards to conversations about sex. These ideas are embedded in historical issues of control, whether it be religion or family inheritance. They explore the age old question of, “What makes for a good healthy sexuality?”  There are a lot of things which we see as being tied to a healthy sexual relationship. Some of these things are culturally ingrained or learned through our family or friend groups growing up. Some are tied to evolutionary or biological programs running unconsciously. Natasha puts forth six principles which seem to be factors based on the research. Issues around consent and duty. Being non-exploitative – In a sense punishing the other one if we don’t get what we want. Unwanted pregnancy and STI’s – practicing safe sex and being open and honest about sexual history Honesty – “Can I be honest about my sexual preferences?” Shared Values – not living in alignment with the values you hold can cause problems.Mutual Pleasure – prioritizing each other's sexual pleasure. Feeling guilty can result from following the wrong or someone else’s narrative script for how we should act and why. Shift Psych: Instagram: YouTube:
Welcome to the Shift Show, where we use psychological insight to unravel the craziness of life for you. From childhood traumas to why you’re attracted to narcissists. From overthinking your social interactions to why you’re struggling to grow your business. It’s all here, and we’ve left the psychobabble out.This especially delicious podcast experience is brought to you by our friends at Shift Psych, the people who deliver a results-driven and innovative approach in therapy-land.Podcast website: Shift Psych: Instagram: YouTube:
How are family dynamics changing over time? What needs to be done to create a nurturing and stable family? Zac and Andrea take an in-depth look into the family dynamic. Specifically, what each partner needs to do in order to satisfy the needs of the family members and what communication between one another should look like.Episode website: Shift Psych: Instagram: YouTube:
When we’re young, we have to figure things out and navigate our realities very quickly. During periods of high stimulation we place demand on our emotional systems to determine threats or unbalance in our environments. We are wired to trust our parents and depend on them to protect us. If they aren’t placing adequate protections in place for us then we assume that it must be our fault. This will almost always show up later in life in different ways. What are some ways to deal with the aftermath of toxic parenting? Tune in as Zac and Olga explore this important topic. Episode website: Shift Psych: Instagram: YouTube:
Zac and Andrea discuss money; specifically, how to spend in a way that allows you to have a fulfilling life. Referencing a study from Purdue University, Zac and Andrea analyze how people spend money and look into the factors that cause bad spending habits. Andrea shares her experiences with money and offers insight to the age old question: Can money buy happiness?Purdue University study: Website: Psych: Instagram: YouTube: 
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