Thrivival 101: A Fresh Take on Self-Care for Female Mental Health Clinicians

Using Values to Guide Our Self-Care Journey: A Conversation with Dr. Dayna Lee-Bagley

February 05, 2022 Intentional Therapist Season 1 Episode 3
Thrivival 101: A Fresh Take on Self-Care for Female Mental Health Clinicians
Using Values to Guide Our Self-Care Journey: A Conversation with Dr. Dayna Lee-Bagley
Show Notes

Let’s face it:  self-care is a journey.  And like any journey, we’re bound to run into unexpected roadblocks and detours that are beyond our control (think pandemic, home schooling, client crises, etc.).  Fortunately, we all have a built-in global positioning system (GPS) called values, that can help us navigate our journey, even in the face of roadblocks and detours.  It can help keep us moving in the right direction, even if that might mean taking a slightly different path than we had initially planned. 

In this episode, clinical psychologist and author, Dr. Dayna Lee-Baggley, shares how her values have shaped the work she does and offers her perspective on some of the unique self-care, or 're-charging', challenges facing healthcare providers, the impact of the pandemic, and some easy ways we can start incorporating value-driven action into our own self-care.   

Episode highlights:

  • What led Dr. Lee-Baggley to leave her hospital position after 15 years
  • How the Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT) framework can fit into self-care
  • Factors that make it hard for healthcare providers to take care of themselves 
  • How the pandemic (or “apocalypse”) has impacted us
  • An easy way to start incorporating value-driven action into our lives

Dr. Dayna Lee-Baggley is a Registered Clinical Psychologist in BC, AB, ON and NS. She is the director of Dr. Lee-Baggley and Associates, a virtual health psychology clinic specializing in clinical interventions, training for healthcare providers, and research in health-related issues (e.g., chronic pain, sleep, COVID burnout, PTSD for frontline workers). She worked for almost 15 years in multidisciplinary teams on medical, surgical and cancer care hospital units providing assessment, therapy and consultation for patients with chronic and life-threatening health conditions. She also conducts research as an Assistant Professor in the Department of Family Medicine and cross appointments in the Departments of Surgery and Psychology & Neuroscience at Dalhousie University and an Adjunct Professor appointment in the Department of Industrial and Organizational Psychology at Saint Mary’s University. She has an active research program on behavior change, obesity, chronic disease, professional resiliency and Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT). Dr. Lee-Baggley has close to 45 peer-reviewed publications and over 130 scholarly presentations. She is a senior consultant providing healthy workplace interventions for employees, teams, and leaders with Howatt HR Consulting and the Chief of Research for the Howatt HR Applied Workplace Research Institute. She is an internationally recognized trainer in ACT and a certified therapist in Emotion Focused Therapy for Couples. She was the recipient of the 2017 Women of Excellence Award for her contributions to Health, Sport and Wellness (Canadian Progress Club Halifax Cornwallis). She is the author of the book “Healthy Habits Suck: How to get off the couch & live a healthy life…even if you don’t want

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