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Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction

An 8-week course offered
September 18 - November 6, 2014

Taught by Lee Smith, Ph.D.

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Welcome to Telka · Smith Practice in Psychology

Telka · Smith is a multidisciplinary group practice comprised of psychologists and social workers based in Peterborough, Ontario. Our services are complemented by a network of associates across Ontario.

We offer a wide range of psychological and organizational services which include the following:

  • Individual Therapy
  • Marital Therapy
  • Family Therapy
  • Psychological Assessments
  • Employee Assistance Programs (EAP)
  • Organizational Consulting
  • Critical Incident Stress Assistance
  • Useful Workshops

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Article Series: This Being Human

Stress Response
- by Lee Smith, Ph.D.

Your stress response is a blind reflex, a call-to-arms (and legs) that animates your critical resources for action when you're threatened. The grizzly bear cometh and your brain yells to your adrenal gland to release adrenaline and steroid hormones which break out the energy reserves from fat stores. Your heart rate pounds up and blood pressure rises, stretching those rubbery vessels. Body repair and growth systems are suspended and blood is diverted away from your stomach and intestines - no need to digest that meal if the grizzly is digesting you! Blood is instead committed to the big muscles that do the work of fight-flight. Platelets, your bodies Band-Aids, multiply and get stickier and the immune system goes on alert just in case of injury. Ugh, maybe your bladder lets go because those pounds of urine are dead weight. Memory sharpens dramatically with a boost from the steroid hormone cortisol, enabling flash-bulb retention. Your attention and senses sizzle.
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