Dr Merry C LinDr. Merry C Lin is a registered clinical psychologist with over 20 years of experience in counselling individuals, couples and families on a variety of personal issues. She specializes in helping people overcome depression, anxiety and fear, abuse and trauma, stress, grief, marital and relationship struggles, parenting and family issues, and other life stressors. Her passion is to help people of all ages discover their full potential and to realize their purpose and joy in life. She is also passionate about helping clients develop healthy relationships with their spouse, children, family, friends and co-workers.
 


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Handling Relationship Conflicts

Posted by on Oct 28, 2014 in Family Life, Marriage and Relationships | 0 comments

Handling Relationship Conflicts

A very common question I hear from couples is: My spouse and I keep arguing about the same things over and over. How do we break this impasse? To learn about some principles that work to break this cycle of conflict, take a look at the video clip included in this blog.  Keep in mind that your focus should be on YOUR part of the conflict, because you only have control over your part. By the way, the principles are also relevant to your other relationships, whether with your kids, family members or friends. While these principles are helpful...

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Self-Care for Women

Posted by on Oct 21, 2014 in Inspirational, Mental Health, Personal Growth | 0 comments

Self-Care for Women

Today’s post is primarily for women because they are often neglected in their focus on caring for others and their responsibilities. But it’s also helpful for men to watch this video so they can better understand and support the women in their lives. In fact, many of the women I counsel are overloaded with too many demands, and they struggle with worry, guilt and failure. They will often take care of others, but leave no time to take care of themselves. And as Christians, the stakes are even higher as we’re taught about sacrificial...

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Mental Health

Posted by on Oct 14, 2014 in Mental Health, Psychology and Faith, Trauma and Abuse | 0 comments

Mental Health

Mental health issues are something that many people struggle with on a daily basis – from small children to the elderly.  In fact, recent statistics from The World Health Organization named depression the second most common cause of disability worldwide after cardiovascular disease, and it is expected to become number one in the next ten years.  Studies of religious groups reveal no evidence that the frequency of depression or anxiety varies across groups. Mental health issues are very real and need to be responded to with care and...

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Hope and Healing for Relationships

Posted by on Jul 9, 2014 in Family Life, Marriage and Relationships, Personal Growth, The Fully Lived Life | 0 comments

Hope and Healing for Relationships

  Healthy Relationships: Hope and Healing for the Frozen Heart Syndrome A few months ago, I was watching the Disney movie Frozen, and it struck me that the characters struggled in many of the same ways that we do too. (Sorry, as a psychologist, one of the hazards of my job is the tendency to interpret everyone, including animated characters!) One of the main characters is Queen Elsa who has the power to turn everything and everyone into ice. But because this power can cause harm to others, she chooses to protect her loved ones by...

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Pursuing the Full Life

Posted by on Mar 17, 2014 in Inspirational, Personal Growth, The Fully Lived Life | 0 comments

Pursuing the Full Life

Be Still The busyness of life, the din of competing demands, the pressures of responsibilities and the seduction of pleasures all shout loudly to drown out the quiet voice of our Father inviting us to his heart. Oh, we may sense the emptiness in our soul, but what do we do? We fill it with more stuff, more activities, more busyness, more distraction. That is not the way we’ve been designed to live, and so our joy and peace will always fall short and we will always be hungry: “Then Jesus declared, ‘I am the bread of life. Whoever comes to me...

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Dreams to Change the World

Posted by on Mar 10, 2014 in Inspirational, The Fully Lived Life | 0 comments

Dreams to Change the World

God Rigs Our World Do you believe God has rigged the world so that fullest life only works when we embrace risk and live by faith? This is good news because all our own attempts to find a safer life, to live by the expectations of others kill our soul. Safe is not how we were meant to live. How often do we lose sight of this? As we traverse through all the toils and dangers of adventuring with God, there is so much to bring us joy and delight as we choose to pay attention and notice. I know for myself. I struggled to understand the...

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Finding God in our Winter

Posted by on Mar 1, 2014 in The Fully Lived Life | 0 comments

Finding God in our Winter

The Coldness of Winter Have you been experiencing the pain of winter in your life? Do you sometimes feel as if God has turned his face away? Are you struggling to understand God’s purposes in your suffering? Winter can seem all-consuming and never-ending. In it, we can experience a terrible, terrifying aloneness. We feel abandoned. Rejected. Isolated. This is the shape of the soul in winter. To survive through winter requires great fortitude because it can be hard labour. But consider that it’s hard labour that’s needed and restoring in its...

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700 Club Canada

Posted by on Feb 14, 2014 in Marriage and Relationships | 0 comments

700 Club Canada

This past week, I had the pleasure of chatting with Laura-Lynn on 700 Club Canada. They asked me to speak into a specific topic each day this week as part of their Coffee Talk: He Said, She Said series. We had some great conversations and it was such a pleasure to be there. Monday February 10, 2014 Laura-Lynn and I had a great discussion on mind, body and soul restoration. Afterwards, the men, Brian and Therapist Scott Armstrong gave their response to our conversation.   Tuesday February 11, 2014 In this interview, Brian spoke with...

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What You’ve Been Searching For

Posted by on Jan 30, 2014 in The Fully Lived Life | 0 comments

What You’ve Been Searching For

The Fully Lived Life details the emotional and spiritual steps to finding God beyond, and even in, the chaos of real life. I’ll show you how to: Face the truth of recurring struggles, stop sabotaging the rich rewards of true love and begin the journey to the Rescuer’s heart. When you finally slow and take the time to listen to your heart, you will discover the very life you’ve been searching for – a life to the full....

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Assessment: How Self-Aware Are You?

Posted by on Jan 28, 2014 in Personal Growth | 0 comments

Assessment: How Self-Aware Are You?

In our culture we’re living in a pandemic of ignored introspection. Action is valued over reflection, and all too often we rush through life mindlessly, always on to the next thing. And so we don’t seem to grow through our hardships, or we find ourselves stuck and don’t know why. Such lack of reflectiveness is a formula for a human shipwreck. Have you been that shipwreck? Have you ever taken time to get to know the longing inside? Often people are so busy simply surviving life they forget that really living requires some downtime reflecting...

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