Why is the practice called ARCH? The word ARCH was formed from the initials of the first partners, but it was kept because the ARCH expresses something about the work we do. ARCHes create passages and bridges. They link and connect. They are both strong and open. An ARCH is a visual metaphor for the therapeutic process. The ARCH is a metaphor for the health psychology services we offer. Strength, safety, openness, links and connections - resources to assist you. Diabetes and ARCH Psychological Diabetes is not simply a problem of high blood sugar levels or of insulin insufficiency. Those aspects of diabetes need to be well understood and managed. Diabetes is a lifelong health problem that affects every aspect of a person’s life and lifestyle. The key to managing diabetes effectively is also to manage life well - mind, body and soul. Good self-awareness, excellent knowledge, effective skills, supportive relationships and a clear vision of life with a chronic illness are the keys. It is our goal to help you acquire, develop and refine the self-awareness, knowledge, skills and supportive relationships that will help you manage this chronic illness and live your life more fully. There are challenges and there are professional and community supports that stand ready to help you. Talk to someone who can help.  News and Resources © ARCH Psychological Services 2012 Made with Xara Diabetes... Talk to someone who can help!
The next ARCH Diabetes Group program starts soon...                      Download the Information                      Call 780.428.9223 to register Useful Links... Canadian Diabetes Assoc | diabetes.ca www.diabetes.ca/  Prevent and mange diabetes to live healthier lives. Learn how! Diabetes Info | Diabetes.org www.diabetes.org/  Get free information about Diabetes symptoms and treatment. Stress Anger Depression Denial Healthy Coping www.diabeteseducator.org/ Health status and quality of life are affected by psychological and social factors. Psychological distress directly affects health and indirectly influences a person’s motivation to keep their diabetes in control. When motivation is dampened, the commitments required for effective self-care are difficult to maintain. When barriers seem insurmountable, good intentions alone cannot sustain the behavior. Coping becomes difficult and a person’s ability to self-manage their diabetes deteriorates. Medline Information - Diabetes http://www.nlm.nih.gov/medlineplus/diabetes.html Frrom the US NIH: National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases