Resources


Making Changes You Want in Your Life

Life can get difficult, and sometimes a little help from a professional Psychologist can make things better. I care about your well-being and this is the reason I have provided some of the most important tools available to move your life in the direction you choose. No doubt you have found yourself at the end of your rope, alone. To help you along, I offer a Roadmap to Wellness that you can use for the rest of your life. Not only that, be sure to check out the many free resources available below, ranging from mindfulness and relaxation to trauma and vulnerability.
Those who cultivate mindfulness experience better outcomes.

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

https://www.tarabrach.com/meditation-forgiving-freeing-hearts/
https://www.tarabrach.com/meditation-forgiving-heart/
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PbHKCy4f6Dk - 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.


Dawson Psychological Services

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

Office

1455 Ellis Street

Suite 203

Kelowna, BC V1Y2A3 Canada

(855) 782-6583

Wondering whether you can afford to pay?

Do You Have Extended Health Benefits?

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.

Have you been in a car accident?

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.

Have you been a victim of a crime?

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.