BECOME YOUR BEST SELF
The ‘ Become Your Best Self’ Program at the Body Mind Clinic has been developed to contribute to and improve your current efforts in dealing with stress. The program taps into your existing strengths while adding new and effective coping strategies to improve how you experience and approach life stressors. The reality is that we all experience stress in our lives, and we can all do better in how we manage our stress.
Over the period of 6 weekly sessions, the program offers the opportunity to gain awareness of your current sources of stress, ditch the not so helpful ways you’re dealing with stress, and develop new coping strategies. Within each session, our Psychotherapist, Lisa, offers clinically informed strategies and approaches to improve how stress is being managed. The program draws on clinically informed strategies.
The structured program can be helpful for individuals who:
Travel often, and committing to a longer-term program may not be realistic.
Professionals who are looking for support in managing career stressors.
People who feel that their current coping strategies just aren’t enough or are not healthy.
Would like to build emotional awareness and develop skills to cope with emotions.
Are interested in learning new coping skills to enhance their overall life.
Would like to receive education and useful information about what happens to our brains under stress, and how this impacts our functioning.
Students who are looking for ways to cope better with social and academic overwhelm.
Are new to the idea of Psychotherapy and are interested to experience how it can help
Overview of each session:
*How are you currently dealing with your stress?
*Current Strengths in managing stress.
*What behaviors do you engage in when you feel stressed?
*What do you experience in your body when you’re feeling stressed?
*Has feeling stressed prevented you from attending work, school or other commitments?
*Who is supportive of you when you’re experiencing high stress?
*Identify Current Stressors.
*Relationships ( partner, marriage, children, extended family)
*Change in Family Life Stage ( new baby, empty nest, retirement etc.)
*Identifying your goal, and how you would like to be able to deal with stress
* What happens to your brain under stress
* How emotions are useful and can inform us
* Exploring personal values and family history/culture of stress management
* Building new pathways in your brain
* What do you currently know about your own patterns of stress?
* What triggers your stress?
* Self-validation and letting go of self judgement
* Introduction to mindfulness
* Distress Tolerance Skills (DBT)
* Getting Stuck: Addressing Unhelpful Thinking Patterns
* Developing a personalized list of coping strategies
* Committing to trying some new skills/ coping responses to stress
* Motivational Interviewing & Accountability is going well and working
* What is getting in the way of you coping?
* What do you need in your life to allow this change to happen?
* Coping Ahead: planning for how you are going to manage a potentially stressful situation
Reviewing new coping strategies that have been practiced
* When have you experienced success in using these new strategies?
* What has gotten in the way of you using these new strategies?
* Adjusting strategies: making room for new ones, letting go of ones that aren’t effective
* Doing pros and cons of coping strategies
Effective communication for reduction of interpersonal stress and resolve conflict that perhaps creates stress
*Dialectical Behaviour Therapy (DBT): Learning Interpersonal Effectiveness Skills
*Mindfulness strategies for communication
Maintenance: Incorporating daily/ weekly and monthly practices and activities to cope with stress.
*Taking a regular self-inventory of your emotional state? How am I feeling right now? What do I need? Going back to the personalized list of strategies with additional health care providers ( RMT, ND, Osteo, SLP, OT, Psychiatry/Psychology etc.)
*Save your booster session to use within 3 months for a re-set or a boost to get back on track.