WRITTEN ON 25 Oct, 2021.
LANGLEY, British Columbia, Canada –Michael (Mike) Dadson, Ph.D. is a distinguished registered clinical counsellor in Langley, British Columbia.
Since early 2020, Dr. Mike Dadson has been outspoken regarding the mental health impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic.
Effective September 13, 2021, British Columbia introduced a public health order, requiring proof of vaccination for many “non-essential” indoor activities, intensifying the “vaccination debate” among families, friends, co-workers, and broad swathes of society.
Many relationships today are in peril as a result of people’s differing opinions of the COVID 19 Vaccines, and Dr. Dadson is seeing grave mental health impacts, especially where families and friends are sharply divided in opinion on this issue.
According to Dadson:
“It is heart-breaking to see friendships, marriages, and all manner of family ties break down due to vaccination status and arguments about politics and science. In many cases, children and young people are in the middle of family disagreements, cut-off from family members due to vaccination status.”
Dr. Dadson recommends that, in the midst of the emotional turmoil, we all make a practice of respect, empathy, kindness, and acceptance, and try to remember that maintaining healthy relationships is critical to our own mental and emotional health.
Dr. Dadson advises:
“If you pay attention to how your own body feels when you are in an angry, judgmental state, you will notice that it feels toxic, because it actually is toxic. If you feel stuck in a negative, angry, or anxious state, try turning off all media, take a pause and engage in self-reflection. Doing this while going outside, even just for a walk around the block is even better. You will often find that the negative feeling disappears, as you walk and breathe in the fresh air, practice selfcompassion, and you may be able to agree-to-disagree with others more calmly, or even with humour.”
As new regulations and public health orders come into effect, Canadians are facing previously unimagined challenges, adapting to new cultural norms, and learning new categories of tolerance.
“These challenges are also opportunities for us to grow into larger and more complete humanbeings who contribute to a kind, sophisticated and tolerant society that is more able to meet new emerging forms of diversity.”
Dr. Michael Dadson’s certifications include:
Dr. Michael Dadson, Ph.D.
Title: Senior Clinical Director of Practice, Gentle Currents Therapy – Counselling and Neurofeedback Therapy
YouTube Channel: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCLnx2V8zK9VEg60V5NH2fDQ
Specializing in trauma, anxiety, and depression, Michael Dadson, Ph.D., is a registered clinical counsellor and Senior Clinical Director of Practice at Gentle Currents Therapy, a Langley, B.C.-based counselling clinic. With expertise in trauma, stress, anxiety, and discrimination, Dadson’s clinical counselling can talk about the mental health impacts of anxiety about coronavirus and social isolation, how to handle anxiety about the coronavirus, and how to address issues related to helping children deal with traumatic events.
Michael Dadson has provided clinical treatment to individuals with a range of diagnoses, specializing in trauma and PTSD, anxiety and depression, male psychology, and relationship counselling for adults, adolescents, and children.
Michael Dadson and his wife, Jeanette Dadson, have also been assisting children with special needs and their families for over 30years. As a Level III (3) therapeutic foster parent, Michael Dadson has worked with special needs foster children, and has been contracted through Intensive Child Care Resources Vancouver (ICCR). As a therapeutic foster parent, Dadson has lived and worked with Caucasian, Afghanistani, and First Nations children who have ADHD, Asperger’s Syndrome, FASD, major brain injuries and strokes.
Contact Registered Clinical Counsellor Michael Dadson today for information, advice, and insights on COVID-19 mental health implications, risks, community response, and talking to children.
Dr. Michael Dadson
Gentle Currents Therapy Counselling and Neurofeedback