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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Family Ties – Part 5

Posted by on Aug 6, 2013 in Family Life, Marriage and Relationships, Parenting, Personal Growth | 0 comments

Family Ties – Part 5

  I sat chatting with my friend the other day, marvelling at the incredible mother she was.  Looking at her respond to her son as he interrupted us with a question, I just had to sit back and admire her.  Not only was she a wonderful mom, but she was also a beautiful friend and a loving wife.  Hard to believe, if you knew where she came from. For Sharon was a product of a broken family, with a distant, emotionally cold father and a controlling, emotionally manipulative mother.  Lucky Sharon, she got it from both ends – whether she was...

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Family Ties – Part 4

Posted by on Jul 30, 2013 in Family Life, Marriage and Relationships, Mental Health, Parenting, Personal Growth | 1 comment

Family Ties – Part 4

  My eyes darted back and forth as I tried to keep up with everything that was being said.  Dad started talking, but then mom interrupted him, incensed by what he was saying.  Then the two kids jumped in, yelling angrily and adding fuel to the fire.  It was no use; by this point, the “conversation” had degenerated to everyone shouting over each other and no one listening.  There were tears, finger pointing, and angry outbursts.  It was total chaos.  Sigh…a day in the life of a family therapist. But what was even more painful...

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Family Ties – Part 3

Posted by on Jul 23, 2013 in Family Life, Marriage and Relationships, Mental Health, Personal Growth | 0 comments

Family Ties – Part 3

  Sean looked at me helplessly as his wife ranted. After 17 years of marriage, Catherine was sick and tired of her mother-in-law’s constant interference with their life. She was drawing a line in the sand. “It’s either me or her,” she choked out angrily. “You can’t keep answering to her every demand! What about OUR family?” Even as her anger continued unabated, I could see her deep pain after years of feeling emotionally neglected by her husband – relegated to second place each time his parents...

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Family Ties – Part 2

Posted by on Jul 16, 2013 in Family Life, Marriage and Relationships, Personal Growth | 0 comments

Family Ties – Part 2

  People often tell me how cute my parents are when they meet them for the first time.  There’s my little, scrawny dad with his hearty laugh and barely understandable English.  Get him talking and there’s no stopping him, even if you can only understand about 15% of what he says.  And then there’s my mom, a tiny thing weighing not much more than a couple of bags of rice (I’m Asian, okay, all weight measurements go by rice bags), with a gentle smile that lights up her face.  Everyone just loves them. I love them too. ...

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Family Ties – Part 1

Posted by on Jul 2, 2013 in Family Life | 7 comments

Family Ties – Part 1

  I could hear my voice becoming shrill. As my agitation increased, I sensed my sister’s growing bewilderment with my over-reaction. Gripping the phone tightly, I talked loudly over her, angry at what I took to be her meddling.   I resented her implication that I wasn’t doing enough for our mother who was facing a health crisis. When our phone call unexpectly cut out, I hung up the phone, angry tears pouring down my face. Deep within me, I knew I was losing it. Tired and overwhelmed after a long day at work – and this after...

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Short Stories: Living with Panic Disorder

Posted by on May 21, 2013 in Mental Health | 4 comments

Short Stories:  Living with Panic Disorder

    As Gord hefted the knapsack over his shoulder while waiting for the subway, he felt a sudden pain in his chest.  Startled, he paused and waited for the pain to abate.  Instead, he could feel his heart start to pound erratically, followed by a sensation like he was being smothered.  He could hardly breath. What’s going on?  Am I having a heart attack?  Just as Gord had this thought, his head started to spin and he began to feel dizzy and lightheaded.  Pushing back from the crowd, he stumbled to the other side of the platform and...

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Short Stories: Living with Autism – A Mother’s Perspective

Posted by on May 14, 2013 in Family Life, Parenting | 0 comments

Short Stories:  Living with Autism – A Mother’s Perspective

  The following short story has been submitted by Lynne Collier, who is a Life Coach and owner of LIFeSCAPES Coaching. She is also a writer with The White Rose Writers and mother of three grown children. Her youngest, Benjamin, is on the Autism Spectrum and is the author of the short story The Crossing from last week. You can email Lynne at: lynne@lifescapes-coaching.com or...

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Short Stories: Living with Autism

Posted by on May 7, 2013 in Family Life, Parenting | 6 comments

Short Stories:  Living with Autism

The following short story was submitted by Benjamin T. Collier, a remarkable young man with firsthand knowledge of what it’s like to live with Autism.  To learn more about Ben, look for his upcoming autobiography, My Life A.S. Is:  An Inside Look at Autism and Aspergers Syndrome, published through Word Alive Press.  He also has a fantasy novel, The Kingdom, that was published in 2011.   The Crossing Along they walked, side by side. He’d been told enough times now to remember this rule. They always walked side by side when they walked to...

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Short Stories: Living with Borderline Personality Disorder

Posted by on Apr 30, 2013 in Mental Health | 0 comments

Short Stories:  Living with Borderline Personality Disorder

    Note:  This short story includes a brief description of self-injury and a suicide attempt that may be disturbing to some readers. —— Chelsea danced to the loud beat of the music pounding through her apartment as she surveyed her clothes in the closet.  Pulling out a short black leather skirt, she paired it with a sheer black top adorned with sparkles all along it’s plunging neckline.  Oh yeah, baby, I’m going to look so hot tonight.  Jack won’t know what hit him!  Chelsea giggled happily, as she thought...

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Short Stories: Living with Grief

Posted by on Apr 23, 2013 in Grief | 0 comments

Short Stories:  Living with Grief

  George stared blankly out of his office window, ignoring the messy stack of unprocessed forms sitting to the right of his elbow.  A fly buzzed loudly against the window, frantically searching for a way out.  It’s buzzing drew George’s attention and his gaze began to follow the fly’s erratic travels as it bounced against the grimy panes.  A faint beam of sunlight pierced through the dirt on the windows but did little to lighten the dreariness of the small office. With a start, George suddenly noticed the quiet.  The buzzing...

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