My child’s school has asked for a psycho-educational assessment as a part of his enrollment criteria… What exactly is that?

Posted by on 16/05/2016 in Blog.

By Lenka Matuska, Registered Provisional Psychologist, M.C., Dipl. Psych.   That is a question that we get asked a lot at Insight. Many charter and private schools ask for this assessment. Teachers who are concerned about behavior or grades may ask for one as well. A psycho-educational assessment is a series of tests, observations and history taking about your child that when compiled helps family and teachers understand how the child learns and processes information.   The...Read More Here!


Addiction and Warning Signs

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By Mark Szwender, MA, Registered Provisional Psychologist   Like most other conditions or illnesses, addiction (or substance use disorder, as defined by the DSM 5) presents itself on a spectrum that ranges anywhere from mild to severe. Some people can manage to use addictive substances recreationally that does not interfere with their ability to function and does not meet the criteria for a substance use disorder. For others, however, substance use can progress into full blown addicti...Read More Here!


15 Reasons Spring is the Best Season

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Summer, winter, and fall may have their fans, but spring is clearly the best season. Even science agrees!   1. TEMPERATURES ARE MODERATE Spring marks the end of blistering winter and the transitional period to scorching summer. The Earth's axis is angled between its closest and furthest position from the Sun, when temperatures are the most extreme. You can finally ditch the winter layers.   2. THERE ARE MORE HOURS IN THE DAY Following the spring equinox, when the Earth’...Read More Here!


Peppermint a Memory Enhancer

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By: Nora Abou-Absi A new study out of Northumbria University in Britain suggests that drinking peppermint tea can improve long-term and working memory in healthy adults. The research team randomly allocated a total of 180 participants to take a drink of peppermint tea, chamomile tea or hot water. They found that participants who took peppermint tea showed significant improvement in long term memory, working memory and alertness. While the participants who took drank chamomile tea showed a sl...Read More Here!


Book: Defining My Boundaries

Posted by on 10/12/2015 in Blog.

Defining My Boundaries is a new book by Joyce Stewart. Joyce was motivated to write after the work she did with Cory Hrushka at Insight Psychological. Read her telling of how her book came to be below and purchase Defining My Boundaries here. Oh how I thought I was in a slump. Looking for answers and not really knowing the questions. I went on the internet to see if I could shed some light on my confusion. Surfing through the sites I came upon the Insight Psychological websit...Read More Here!


Video: The Truth About Child Sex Abuse

Posted by on 01/12/2015 in Blog.

Sex abuse of any kind is terrible and can leave lifelong mental and emotional scars, but it is especially abhorrent when it happens to children. The video below is a great piece produced by the BBC on "The Truth About Child Sex Abuse" Watch Video Here If you have concerns about child sex abuse, or abuse of any kind, Insight Psychological has experienced counselors in Edmonton, Spruce Grove, Red Deer & Calgary that are available to help. Contact us today....Read More Here!


Getting ready for the first day of school

Posted by on 02/10/2015 in Blog.

Another big milestone has arrived…your child is ready for their first day of school. You have introduced the idea of your child being able to go to school all summer long. You have bought all their school supplies and a cool new backpack. Your child is excited, you are excited, so everyone must be ready! However, it is important to recognize that going into any new environment with unfamiliar faces can cause anxiety for many children. Do not be surprised if you find yourself feeling a lit...Read More Here!