A podcast from Family Services of the North Shore

Join registered clinical counsellor Valerie Dolgin and her guests as they chat about the issues, big and small, we’re all facing together. From heightened anxiety to pandemic parenting to finding joy in unexpected places, we’ll laugh and share relatable stories about what we’re learning – and our challenges along the way. Grab your walking shoes or fill up the sink and tune in for a lively discussion, including concrete tools and coping techniques you can apply across your own life.

Episode 2: Loving Your Body, Loving Yourself – During a Pandemic

Our guest is Joanna Zelichowska, a Registered Clinical Counsellor who has been working in the field of eating disorders for more than 10 years.  Together Val and Joanna talk about the ways the pandemic has affected many people’s relationship with food and body image, and some of the reasons why.  

We describe eating disorders as something much more than how many calories a person is eating in a day, and Joanna will offer ideas on how to start a conversation about disordered eating with someone you are concerned about.  We also talk about some of the ways we can be more at peace with our bodies during this very strange time.  

Joanna and the Jessie’s Legacy team serve the province of British Columbia by providing eating disorders prevention education, resources, and support for youth, families, educators, and professionals.

Episode 2

Episode 1: Parenting During a Pandemic

Valerie’s guest is Julia Staub-French, clinical counsellor and Executive Director of the Agency. Together they explore the idea that while circumstances have changed, the basic principles of good parenting have not.

They talk about the concept that parents don’t have to be perfect, and in fact, attempting to be perfect parents often means not attending to the unique needs of ourselves or our children.

Parents are asked to consider how they are connecting with their kids during this time. Are we “checking out” with too much screen time or other distractions or are we authentically engaging with the lives of our children?

Parents are invited to be honest with kids about challenging circumstances while maintaining their role as problem solvers and adult leaders in the family.

Finally, Val and Julia talk about the silver lining of pandemic parenting, the opportunity for children and their parents to experience resilience.

Episode 1

About our Podcast

Join registered clinical counsellor Valerie Dolgin and her guests as they chat about the issues, big and small, we’re all facing together.

From heightened anxiety to pandemic parenting to finding joy in unexpected places, we’ll laugh and share relatable stories about what we’re learning – and our challenges along the way.

Grab your walking shoes or fill up the sink and tune in for a lively discussion, including concrete tools and coping techniques you can apply to your own life.

Introduction