Derrick McEachern

Derrick McEachern is a Registered Counselling Therapist (RCT) in Nova Scotia, and a Canadian Certified Counsellor. He specializes in providing mindfulness-based cognitive therapy in the areas of addiction, healthy relationships, grief and loss, and career and life transitions. He offers workshops and webinars and consults with businesses on ways to improve employee wellbeing and mental health.

Secure Attachment

How Understanding Your Attachment History Can Help You Heal

How Understanding Your Attachment Style Can Help You HealDo you find yourself endlessly repeating old arguments with your partner? Are you in an endless pursuit of love, but find yourself chasing unavailable people? Or have you left a trail of broken hearts behind you for reasons even you don’t understand? Your attachment history plays an …

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Teen Friendship

Teen Friendship: Balancing COVID Safety and Teen Mental Health

Teen Friendship:Balancing COVID Safety and Teen Mental HealthOver the last few weeks, I have had conversations with many parents and their teens about the risks and benefits of online learning, and the decision about whether to send their kids to school when classes resume in person.Deciding whether or not to send your children to school …

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Burnout impacts businesses and employees

How Businesses and Employees Can Address Burnout

How Businesses and Employees Can Address BurnoutWhen an employee begins to suffer from burnout, it can lead employees down a dangerous path reducing productivity, affecting mood, increasing sick time, financial worry and fear of unemployment.Shay, a program coordinator for a non-profit organization I met with recently coordinates events, manages a museum and writes grant proposals. …

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Caregiver Burnout

Self-Care Day: Heal Burnout With Self-Compassion

Self-Care Day: Heal Burnoutwith Self CompassionAs the COVID-19 Pandemic threatens a fourth wave on the world, International Self-Care Day provides an opportunity to highlight an essential skill at the heart of resilience, healing and burnout, self-compassion.Self-compassion is a skill that combines both awareness and a motivation to act: It’s the moment a nurse, healthcare provider or …

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Indigenous Voices

Canada Day: Let’s Make Time To Listen To Indigenous Voices

Canada Day:Let’s Make Time To Listen to Indigenous Voices Over the last few months, new evidence has emerged reminding us of the horrific treatment of thousands of indigenous children in residential schools across Canada. The remains of many hundreds of children have been found in unmarked graves around former residential schools. More are sure to be …

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Weight Loss and Trauma (1)

Does Your Weight Loss Plan Address Experiences of Trauma?

Does Your Weight Loss Plan Address Experiences of Trauma? Weight loss goals require more than willpower. If you’ve ever struggled with weight loss, you might worry it has something to do with your commitment, willpower, or character.  But have you ever considered there might be underlying reasons getting in the way of your goals? Weight loss programs …

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Teen Self Discipline and Natural Consequences

Self-Discipline is Learned From Natural Consequences, Not Punishment

Self-Discipline is Learned From Natural Consequences, Not PunishmentAnxiety, depression, trauma, substance abuse, bullying, racism, sexism, homophobia; the list of challenges our children and youth will face in their lifetime appears overwhelming. To become mentally healthy, confident and competent young adults, our kids will need to develop self awareness and self-discipline. Two families I have worked …

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Nervousness and Anxiety

Veeva Teen Supplement for Nervousness Sends Dangerous Message

    Is taking a supplement for nervousness as harmless as you think? A CBC News report this week says a supplement targeting teen nervousness is being investigated by Health Canada. Veeva Teen, approved by Health Canada was being marketed to teens suffering from anxiety, although that claim has now been removed from their website.  Under Health Canada rules, the product …

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Have a Mindful Christmas!

Around December 25th, millions of people take perhaps the largest collective pause the world experiences each year. It is a time when most non-essential services stop. As a result, the world gets a much needed opportunity to take a mindful breath.

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