Mindfulness and Relaxation

To best achieve your goals during psychological counselling, doing some form of mindfulness or relaxation practice at least twice daily can help you be as free as possible from anxiety, tension, and the repeated negative thoughts of a depressed mind. As little as 5 minutes, several times a day can have amazing results. Research has shown the regular practice of mindfulness improves mood and reduces anxiety. Along with background information on mindful practices, visit the websites in the Resources menu for information and exercises you can do at home or on the run. Caution: Do not close your eyes while driving!!!

Information on Mindfulness

Love Affair with Life - a YouTube video introduction to Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction with Jon Kabat-Zinn

Cultivating 9 Mindful Attitudes - a YouTube video that relates positive psychology to being in the moment (with Jon Kabat-Zinn)

Palouse Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction - Free Course in 7 parts

UCLA’s Mindfulness Research Awareness Center - provides information, guidelines, and research on Mindfulness practices

Mindfulness for the Greater Good

Mindfulness Exercises - to learn, you must be

Tara Brach - beautiful, well-paced, and calming mindfulness exercises posted since 2009.

Kelty Mental Health Resource Centre – A wonderful set of guided mindfulness exercises accessible to children, teens, and adults, created by Dr. Vo, pediatrician, and Dr. Locke, psychiatrist, both at BC Children’s Hospital, Vancouver.

BREATHR app! An excellent free app with several mindfulness exercises and guided meditations. 

Awareness is Freedom - Dr. Itai Ivtzan, a research scholar and mindfulness teacher

UCLA's Mindfulness Research Center exercises

The River of Time” is a calming video based on Phillip Zimbardo’s theory of “Time Perspective Therapy

Selected Meditations on Forgiveness - Jack Kornfield guided meditation on forgiveness

Incidentally, on Tara Brach's website, you can search any topic and any of her readings or meditations will be listed.

The Benefits of Vulnerability

Brene Brown ted-talk – One of the top five most viewed TED talks. Dare to live greatly, Brown says. “Vulnerability is the birthplace of love, belonging, joy, courage, empathy, and creativity. It is the source of hope, empathy, accountability, and authenticity. If we want greater clarity in our purpose or deeper and more meaningful spiritual lives, vulnerability is the path.”

Working Through and Overcoming Trauma

In these videos (Part I & Part II), Dr. Dawson talks about

  • What trauma is,
  • The difference between stress and trauma,
  • Traumatization and PTSD,
  • Ways of coping with and treating traumatization, and
  • The chances of recovery from traumatization and PTSD.

Dr. Dawson overviews different modes of treatment for traumatization. He has been practicing all of these treatments for 18 years.
The treatments are:

  1. Cognitive-behaviour therapy (CBT), 
  2. EMDR, and 
  3. Mindfulness approaches to treatment.

Dr. Dawson gave the trauma presentation as part of BC Psychological Association’s Psychology Month, February, 2017.

Here is the powerpoint presentation about Overcoming Trauma and here are the video links to the presentation: Part I & Part II are each about 30 minutes long. To optimize viewing, change the size of the two windows so you can see both the powerpoint and the video at the same time. Consider using headphones or earbuds to optimize sound.

Canadian Psychological Association Fact sheet about PTSD.

BC Psychological Association Fact-sheet about Posttraumatic Stress

Dawson Psychological Services

Dr. K.A. Dawson, Registered Psychologist (CPBC #1566)


347 Leon Ave

Suite 210

Kelowna, BC V1Y8C7 Canada


Wondering whether you can afford to pay?

Most working folks have extended health benefits through their company. Contact your employer or your human resources department to find out what your benefit package will cover.

Dr. Dawson is registered through the Provincial Crime Victim's Assistance Program to provide counselling for those who are experiencing losses or ongoing emotional trauma associated with a crime. If you have been a victim of a crime, contact your local RCMP Victim's Assistance program to get a claim number. Then make an appointment to see Dr. Dawson.

Dr. Dawson is registered as a provider of mental health services through ICBC to provide counselling to those who are experiencing emotional trauma or losses associated with a motor vehicle accident. If you have been in a motor vehicle accident, ask your physician to refer you to see Dr. Dawson. Make sure you have an ICBC claim number when you call for an appointment.