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What Psychology Says About Parenting

This week's question: What if my partner and I have different parenting styles? This is a really common question! Many parents argue over how best to raise their children. If you want kids who are resilient, confident, and caring, there are certain things you should never do. Ever.   Resource: "Hold On to Your Kids: Why Parents Need to…

What To Do When You Don't Like Your Child

This week's question for Ask Dr. Saira was asked by a very brave viewer: "What do you do if you don't like your kid?" That's a tough spot to be in, and I am so glad I get to answer this honest question.

Recap of a few questions

Recap of a few questions. Three topics: how to stay optimistic, how to stay present, and how to be "nice" without getting drained.

Tips to Support Someone with Body Issues

On this episode of Ask Dr. Saira, the question is how to help a friend with body issues. This is a fair question, asked from a caring place. However, it is hard to help someone who doesn't know or believe that they have a problem.

When Your Mother-In-Law is Driving You Crazy

In South Asian families, marriage brings a whole host of new relationships, some of them more difficult than others. How do we get along when there are historical challenges within certain extended family relationships? Learn why you are not getting along with your mother-in-law, and what to do about it.

When Food is Love

This week's question: I can't stop eating and I think it's psychological.

This Is Why You Are Stuck

We say we want change, but do we? Why is it so hard to move forward to the things we really want?

What is the difference between therapy and coaching?

Coaching or therapy? What's the difference? In a time when many people are interesting in both mental health support and overall wellness tips, it's important to know that you are working with the right professional.

Affirmations and the Unconscious Mind

Are you curious about affirmations? What is the unconscious mind? How are the two linked? In this episode of Ask Dr. Saira, we discuss the link between affirmations and the unconscious mind. An advanced question for personal-development lovers!

Managing Burnout

Burn-out is a real thing, with real consequences to your mental, emotional, physical, and social well-being. It can creep up on you quickly, especially when you are managing competing demands on your time and attention. Learn what burn-out is and how to prevent it or respond to it. 

Coming Out

How to support a family member who is gong through the coming out process.

Being Nice

How can I be nice and not feel drained?

Being an Optimist

How do I maintain a positive outlook on life?

Is the friendship over?

How do you know when friendship has fizzled away?

"What Will People Say?"

Looking back over the last few segments of this show, a theme that connects through the month is "what will people say". Join psychotherapist and Registered Clinical Counsellor, Dr. Saira, as she explores the expectations our societies have on us, and how to find balance between other people's needs and your own.

Finding "the One"

Do you believe in "the one"? Join me as I take a no-nonsense approach to this age-old question of how to find true love partnership.

How to Help (Other People's) Kids Get Help

The question for this week's episode is: How do I tell someone I think their child needs mental health support? Parents, for the most part, are doing the best that they can, and can sometimes overlook things that are obvious to others, or be defensive and angry if you bring it up. I have some simple tips that can keep your adult relationships…

How to Consistently Make the Right Decisions

Do you know what to do when your heart and your mind are saying different things? How do you know you are making the best decision when you are conflicted? Watch on for some surprising answers, and let me know what you do when your heart and head are saying different things.

Stop guessing and use the right words: sadness or depression?

Question: What is mental health? Have you heard someone say “I’m so depressed” when something upsetting happens? How about “My anxiety is kicking in.”? For people with an actual clinical diagnosis, the words depression and anxiety need to be used in context and only when required.

How to Tell the Difference Between PTSD and Complex PTSD

The question of the week: what is the difference between PTSD and Complex PTSD? What you learn may surprise you.

How to Deal with Parents Who Just Don't Get You

It's tough when you are in the same home with people who rub you the wrong way. This week's question addresses how to approach your parents when they see the world differently than you do, while keeping family harmony at the forefront.

Negative Thinking

Many of us pay attention to the negative thoughts more than positive thoughts. Why? What does our childhood have to do with it? Join Dr. Saira, pscyhotherapist and Registered Clinical Counsellor, as she answers a question about changing negative thinking.

When You Feel Jealous....

Jealousy is a natural response, but for those who are trying to enrich themselves, jealousy can hold us back and keep us small. Here are some simple tips on what to do when jealousy strikes.

Can I Be Happy If My Parents Suck?

This week's question addresses the impact of childhood trauma. If you had a hard childhood and still don't get along with your parents, can you ever be truly happy? Let me explain the three versions of your parents and how to get to a better place with them, even if they never decide to change.

How Do You Detect Depression?

This week's question for Ask Dr. Saira is "How can I tell if I have depression?" Here are 5 areas you want to watch out for.

Your Depression Survival Guide

How do you get moving when you can't even get out of bed? Here are eight tips to keep your head above water during a depressive episode, and the 5 pillars to keep you moving through the hard times.  

Dr. Saira Sabzaali

Dr. Saira Sabzaali

Dr. Saira (she/her) provides mental health support through individual counselling, groups, immersive workshops/courses, and free educational content. Over the last 14 years, we have helped men and women of many backgrounds find answers to their questions about work, life, love, and meaning. Much mainstream psychology overlooks spirituality, family values, and community context, so we have decided to specialize in serving clients who are ready for change and also want to include their cultural values and spiritual beliefs into therapy.

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