Clinical Interventions

We offer group-based clinical interventions by registered psychologists on a variety of health topics.

Dr. Dayna Lee-Baggley, Ph.D., obtained her Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology from the University of British Columbia. She is registered to provide therapy to adults in Nova Scotia (Registration number R0598) as well as the other Atlantic provinces (Newfoundland, Prince Edward Island, New Brunswick) through reciprocal agreements between provinces. She is registered as C.Psych. (Interim Autonomous Practice) in Ontario (registration number 50005837) and registered psychologist in Alberta (Registration number 5677), Registration in BC in currently in progress. Services are currently available for residents of Alberta, Ontario, Quebec, Nova Scotia, Newfoundland, PEI, and New Brunswick. Proof of residency is required to register.   

Why groups? One of our values as a clinic is to increase access to scientifically based knowledge. Given the shortage of psychologists, virtual groups offer a way to increase access to more people. This has become especially important given the impact of COVID-19 on mental health. There is also a lot of supportive evidence of the benefits of group treatment and that connecting with others dealing with similar issues provides additional benefits. Our hope is to provide connection and community in addition to evidence based care. Each facilitator is a registered psychologist and works to ensure confidentiality and manage group dynamics in the group. 

 

Group interventions

Pandemic burnout: How to go from languishing to flourishing (6 weeks)

Do any of the following apply to you?

-experiencing “languishing” (a sense of stagnation, emptiness or numbness)?
-feeling stuck or having no motivation
-feeling like everything takes longer, that its harder to concentrate, harder to get things done?
-feeling burnt-out, exhausted, tired but haven’t left your home?
-feeling like everyone else is “getting back to life” but you feel stuck
-fed up with your job and thinking about changing but worried about the potential implications?
-realizing things are re-opening but you don’t feel as good as you thought it would?
-worried about the world going back to “normal” and wanting something better on the other side?
-realized you came to appreciate some things in the pandemic like working from home or more family time and worried about losing it post-pandemic?
-got your first dose of vaccine but life still doesn’t feel good?

If you answered yes to any of these questions, this 6-week workshop may be for you. This workshop uses evidence-based techniques to address pandemic fatigue, burnout and languishing and how to move forward successfully through the next stages of the pandemic (e.g., “post vaccine”). In particular it addresses the issue that the antidote to burnout isn’t rest, it’s re-igniting a sense of meaning and purpose (e.g., “value-based living”), re-connecting socially, and integrating our experiences from the pandemic into our understanding of ourselves. Participants will be introduced to some of the latest empirically based skills and techniques that have been shown to improve well-being and sense of purpose. The workshop provides real-life, applicable skills to move from languishing to flourishing.

Next program: Starts June 6 and runs Wednesdays 7-8:30 PM Eastern Time (5-7:30 PM Mountain Time; 8-9:30 PM Atlantic Time)
Cost: The workshop fee is $600 and is typically covered by most extended benefits or insurance coverage. Special rate $100 off regular price with CODE: SUMMER2021. Direct billing is not available.

Healthy Habits Suck Especially in a Pandemic: How to get back on track after a year+ of lockdowns

Have you noticed drinking more or perhaps putting on a few pounds during COVID-19? Join the club! Being healthy is hard especially in a pandemic! Using the latest scientific evidence Dr. Lee-Baggley will review why healthy habits are hard and the impact of COVID-19 on healthy habits. Using the latest scientifically based knowledge, this course will provide applicable, real-life skills to start and stick with healthy habits. The course focuses less on “what” to do and more on “how” to do it. Participants will learn to recognize and manage what gets in the way of sticking to healthy habits including being more mindful about choices, developing self-compassion, and how to live a life that reflects what truly matters. Participants will learn new ways to live a healthier life, even if you don’t really want to.
Next Program: Starting in October on Thursdays for 8 weeks at 7-8:30 PM Eastern time (5-6:30 PM Mountain time; 8-9:30 PM Atlantic time)

Evidence based psychological skills for persistent pain (6 weeks)

Thousands of individuals experience persistent or chronic pain and it can have a significant impact on quality of life and well-being. This group treatment provides evidence based skills for managing pain so that it interferes less with doing the things that matter most to you. Using psychological skills doesn’t mean the pain is “all in your head”. Simply that research shows psychological aspects impact almost every type of physical illness, disease or condition. Participants will learn practical, applicable skills for managing pain based on the latest evidence. 

Improving and Enhacing Sleep (6 weeks)

Studies suggest that most individuals in North America are sleep deprived. This has only gotten worse during the pandemic when most individuals report their sleep has been disturbed. There is now well-documented effects of the impact of sleep on health, well-being, mood, and quality of life. This group treatment provides the latest evidence based skills for improving sleep habits, which have been shown to improve quality and quantity of sleep.

Managing Binge Eating (6 weeks)

Binge eating involves episodes of eating large quantities of food (often very quickly and to the point of feeling discomfort) along with a feeling of a loss of control during a binge and often feelings shame, distress or guilt after a binge. It is one of the most common forms of disordered eating in North America. This program is designed for individuals who experience binge eating without compensatory behaviour (i.e., without purging or using laxatives to compensate for overeating). This program provide evidence based tools to address the physiological as well as emotional drivers of binge episodes within the context of a compassionate and supportive virtual group environment. Participants will learn scientifically based tools including mindfulness, self-compassion, behaviour change skills, engaging intrinsic motivation, value based living, and emotion management. Facilitated by Dr. Dayna Lee-Baggley, a clinical psychologist with expertise in eating behaviours and behaviour change. 

Next Program: Starting Sept 16 and runs Thursdays for 6 weeks at 5-6:30 PM Eastern time (3-4:30 PM Mountain time; 6-7:30 PM Atlantic time)

NEW: Science-Based Self Help

If you’re not eligible for a live program, explore Dr. Lee-Baggley’s science-based educational resources and self-paced courses.

*These courses are available and open to everyone