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Michelle Suzanne Scott

Registered Social Services Worker

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Michelle@MichelleSuzanneScott.ca

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905.244.9123

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  • Low Self-Esteem January 27, 2015 Low Self-EsteemBecause a person’s self worth is developed during childhood, there may be several factors that contribute to low self esteem: Every child needs attention and love.  If you grew up in an environment where there was childhood abuse and/or neglect, chances are you struggled with a good self-image.  You may have learned that you didn’t deserve more than you got. “Sticks and stones may break my bones, but names will never hurt me” may have been a common phrase you heard as a child.  It’s a lie.  Criticism (by family, peers, teachers, etc.) plays a big part in low self-worth.  Being bullied ...
  • What is Contemplative End of Life Care? January 19, 2015 What is Contemplative End of Life Care?Spiderman & the Little Stone Angel, Photo by:  Michelle S. Scott Contemplative (Adjective):  To allow for reflection and manifestation (expression) of deep thoughts, involving prayer or meditation and focusing on the divine presence or higher power, within. A person at the end of their life is leaving their world, including family and friends and many aspects that make up their life.  They are also going somewhere that they can’t come back from and the information about their destination is unavailable and unknown; sometimes shrouded in religious or cultural traditions and beliefs, but ultimately unknown.  Contemplative End of Life Care (CEOLC) recognizes that ...
  • Honouring Our Ancestors September 1, 2014 Honouring Our AncestorsI recently re-tweeted @sameetkumar: “When our loved ones die, they become our ancestors, those who came & went before us because we have outlived them.  They are to be honored.” This is an interesting idea, one that may not have occurred to those who don’t follow a particular tradition or religion in their daily lives.  Dr. Kumar is one of my teachers in the Contemplative End of Life Care course @ITM and I have been thinking a lot about the families I will be working with; especially those who don’t have customs and practices that will help them with grief and ...
  • Listening to Pain April 8, 2014 Listening to PainChances are good if you hear the word ‘pain’ it will spark memories of a broken bone or scrape or stitches, or a back pain that immobilizes you from bending or lifting.  There are so many types of injuries and conditions that can elicit pain. Emotional pain can also be felt physically.  Pay attention the next time you hear sad news; feel if there is an aching around the region of your heart.  Anxiety and dread may be felt in the pit of your stomach or in your gut region.  I have heard depression described as a ‘heavy rock that sits ...
  • Grief & Trauma March 28, 2014 Grief & TraumaGo on any PTSD or mental health website and you will find varying definitions of trauma: – an emotional shock reaction to a disturbing event – anything that is deemed non-nurturing – debilitating symptoms as a result of a life-threatening or emotionally overwhelming experience. Surviving trauma means different things to different people. The numbing effect we feel after trauma (the body’s way of protecting us from feeling too much too quickly) may sometimes last a very long time.  When bereavement accompanies a trauma, there is the possibility of complicated grief or prolonged grief.  Grief and trauma combined affects us more than either one alone. Here are ...
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