Soothing Intense Emotions Using Your Own Body

(I have celiac disease, so I address this issue through a celiac lens, but the emotion-soothing techniques can work for anyone.) Common emotions that celiacs experience as we adhere to a strictly gluten-free diet include anger, resentment, sadness, desperation, frustration, fear, and exasperation, just to name a few. These are difficult emotions to live with. Read More …

Adapting to a Chronic Condition

When a chronic condition makes your old ways of life impossible, how can you develop a satisfying new life? (I have celiac disease, so I’m going to explore this question through the celiac lens, but you can apply my approach to whatever chronic condition you are dealing with.) When You Can’t Do Something You Used To Do Read More …

Let Your Pain Help You

by Sherry Scheideman, MA, Registered Clinical Counsellor. Pain can help us become less prejudiced against people and situations in the world around us. When physical or emotional pain is strong or persistent, it’s hard to not tense up and wish it weren’t happening. But the more we practice re-framing pain as sensations, and relaxing into Read More …

Getting Off the Cycle of Pain

by Sherry Scheideman, MA, Registered Clinical Counsellor. Want to get off the cycle of pain? When we’re in physical pain, we often feel angry, desperate, frustrated, and afraid. This emotional pain makes the physical pain worse. We’re already dealing with cramps or aches or whatever it is, and then we add the extra suffering of Read More …

Anxiety and the Gut

by Sherry Scheideman, MA, Registered Clinical Counsellor. There is a big link between anxiety and the gut. I know this from personal experience – I have celiac disease (in which the gut is damaged by eating many of the most common foods in the Western diet) and as a result, I’ve experienced a great deal Read More …

Chronic Illness: Celiac Disease

I am thrilled to announce that I am joining TheCeliacScene as the counsellor in their Counsellor’s Corner! Following is my first article for the site: I was diagnosed with celiac disease about fifteen years ago. Being diagnosed with a chronic illness and going gluten-free has challenged me to develop inner resources that I never knew Read More …

A Famous Therapist Who Uses The Work of Byron Katie

by Sherry Scheideman, MA, Registered Clinical Counsellor. My favourite counselling tool is a process called The Work, by Byron Katie. My respect for this tool is shared by the Huffington Post’s weekly parenting advice columnist, renowned psychotherapist and marriage/family therapist Susan Stiffelman. Susan is the author of the best-selling book “Parenting Without Power Struggles”, which Read More …

Mindfulness: Sit and Stay, You Beautiful Puppy!

by Sherry Scheideman, MA, Registered Clinical Counsellor and featuring Dr. Karl Brown (my friend Laura’s puppy). Mindfulness is a simple practice with amazing benefits. It helps with issues ranging from anxiety, depression, anger, stress, physical pain, illness, and disease, to relationships, to academic, career, and sports performance. It promotes relaxation, happiness, competence, and connectedness. Mindfulness Read More …

Diverse People, Same Message

by Sherry Scheideman, MA, Registered Clinical Counsellor.   When we see the same message independently arising from philosophers of different times and cultures, we’ve got to take that message seriously and see whether it might be worth trying to live by it. My blog today features such a message, expressed by an ancient Greek, a Read More …