Helping People with OCD Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder is a challenging condition characterized by distressing, intrusive thoughts and/or repetitive, compulsive physical or mental actions.

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Dr. Lindsay McLeod After 13 years at a community mental health clinic specializing in assessment and therapy for mood and anxiety concerns, addictions, and relationship issues, I am now in private practice full-time.

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Therapy is about change Therapy involves figuring out what we can and can’t change. Sometimes changing situations makes the most sense. When we can’t change our situation, we are called on to change ourselves.

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It's OK to laugh in therapy Sometimes laughter emerges unexpected even in the toughest emotional material and conversations. It’s amazing to witness someone who lost their sense of humour and ability to laugh find it again.

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COVID-19 Safe Practice Plan

(updated on June 22, 2020)

As mental health providers, our number one priority is the safety and well-being of our clients and staff.

Psychologists have been considered “essential service” providers since the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic in Alberta. Since March 16, 2020, we have been strongly encouraged by provincial health authorities and our regulatory body (College of Alberta Psychologists) to shift provision of services to telepsychology services (i.e., online or telephone sessions) whenever it is feasible.

Under the provincial “re-launch” plan, Dr. McLeod is pleased to be able offer his clients the choice of in-person or online sessions as of July 2, 2020. When scheduling appointments using Dr. McLeod’s online scheduler, you will be able to choose online or in-person options.

With this in mind, the following outlines our office’s policy, based on best practices, to provide safe care to our clients and reduce the risk of spread of COVID-19.

Office Infection Protection and Control Policies

  • Telepsychology is still available to all clients
  • Our appointment schedules have been adapted to reduce the amount of people in the office at one time and to allow for additional cleaning between appointments
  • We have increased disinfecting of all door handles, seats, and other public surfaces
  • Hand sanitizer is available at the front desk and in individual offices for your use
  • If you wish to wear a mask, you are welcome to do so. Staff will wear masks if appropriate physical distancing cannot be maintained
  • Magazines, drinking glasses, and toys have been removed from our waiting area
  • Cashless and no contact payment is supported
  • Please wait in car or in the larger area by the elevator to minimize time in our smaller waiting area

Revised Cancellation Policy

If you answer YES to any of the following pre-appointment screening questions, you will not be permitted to enter the office for your appointment. Dr. McLeod will be happy to change your appointment to an online or telephone session, or reschedule.

  • Do you, or anyone in your household, have any of the below symptoms:
    • Fever (greater than 38 degrees Celsius)
    • Cough
    • Shortness of breath/Difficulty breathing
    • Sore throat
    • Runny nose
  • Have you, or anyone in your household travelled outside of Canada in the last 14 days?
  • Have you, or anyone in your household been in contact in the last 14 days with someone who is being investigated or confirmed to be a case of COVID-19?
  • Are you, or anyone in your household currently awaiting test results after being tested as a potential case of COVID-19?
  • Have you tested positive for COVID-19 within the last days?

Dr. McLeod’s 24-hour cancellation policy will be waived under these conditions. Please note that all staff and practitioners will stay at home if any of the above apply to them.

Please let Dr. McLeod know if you have any other questions or concerns. We look forward to continuing to provide you with the highest level of psychological service.

Dr. Lindsay McLeod

I’ve been struggling for

as long as I can remember
We sometimes “get stuck” early on because of what happens to us or what gets missed growing up. Maybe there are things you have never really dealt with that continue to impact you. Hope fluctuates or may be nearly lost.

I was doing okay in life

until (…) happened
It’s hard to ask for help when you’ve been able to manage so well in the past. We all fall, sometimes hard, and it’s easy to lose our way in the face of stressors that build up over time or hard-hitting major life changes. Sometimes we need a hand up, a boost, and new ideas.

I have a good life;

so why can’t I enjoy it?
What a confusing state. You’ve worked so hard to create a decent life for yourself but something’s getting in the way of being fully and vitally in it. You might be feeling overwhelmed or maybe disconnected, “blah”, as if “going through the motions” of life.

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Even Psychologists get Angry

Anger, like our other emotions, is supposed to help us. We’re all biologically hard-wired to feel it. So how can things go so wrong with it? It’s meant to mobilize and prepare us for dealing with threats.

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Emotion Coaching

Individuals who are emotion-dismissing believe that one should be able to choose and control emotion with willpower, value action over introspection, deny their needs which are seen as weak, have an impoverished emotion lexicon, endorse a “suck it up” attitude, and see emotion expression as losing control.

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Check your Beliefs

I often help clients identify and question ideas and beliefs that are limiting them in some way and don’t serve them well. I enlist clients to be co-detectives on the hunt for these beliefs that can impact emotional well-being and behaviours. They can be sneaky and hard to spot.

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