Trust the Moment: Why Counselling “Detours” Can Be Beneficial

Wilma Schroeder

I’m in a counselling session with someone who is on long-term disability leave from a stressful job. We have a limited number of sessions paid for by their insurance company, so I am adopting a solution-focused approach. My agenda is to keep the focus on how their life will be different when the problem is gone and to get them … Read More

How to Rewrite Your Own Story – Lessons From Narrative Therapy

Wilma Schroeder

narrative therapy, story, stories, stories we tell, therapy, counselling, mental health, mental illness, anxiety, depression, self-talk, self-care

What would your story be if you were to write a book or movie script about yourself? What events would you include? What would the theme(s) be? What characters would you include? We all have stories that we tell ourselves and others, about who we are and what our experiences mean. I came across this concept some years ago, and it … Read More

How to Practice Winter Wellness

Wilma Schroeder

winter wellness, self-care, seasonal depression, anxiety, mental health

For many of us, winter can be a difficult time. Shorter days and colder temperatures can contribute to depression and social isolation as we hunker down at home. With the added stress of the pandemic, we may be looking ahead to winter with foreboding. Yet there are ways to sustain our wellness despite the wintry weather. What can you do … Read More

How to Cope With Grief and Loss During COVID-19

Wilma Schroeder

grief and loss, death, coping, self-care, covid-19, coronavirus, mental health, mental illness, anxiety, depression

The usual rituals and ceremonies of funerals, memorials, and gatherings provide something to hold on to when we are experiencing grief and loss. These shared experiences and connections with others hold a healing power. But now, those rituals and ceremonies are denied to us because of the necessity for physical distancing to beat COVID-19. We can’t even visit our loved … Read More

How to Find Credible Mental Health Information Online

Wilma Schroeder

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How can you find the most accurate and credible mental health information? It’s often easier to go ask Dr. Google what you’re going through than talk to someone you know. The problem is, when you google “anxiety,” you get 456,000,000 results! The internet is fast, anonymous, and available 24 hours a day. However, the sheer volume of information out there … Read More

4 Keys For Helping Someone With a Mental Illness

Wilma Schroeder

Someone you care about has a mental illness – what do you do? The temptation is to try to persuade the person to think or act differently, but that doesn’t work very well. You end up arguing and talking in circles, only to get frustrated with each other. What now? 1. It’s all about the relationship If your goal is … Read More

4 Keys to Breaking the Cycle of Relapse

Wilma Schroeder

For those who live with any kind of long-lasting mental health concerns or emotional issues, the threat of relapse is always present. But we don’t need to sit passively, “waiting for the next shoe to drop,” as the saying goes. There are things that you and your family or friends can do to reduce the frequency and severity of relapse. … Read More

Food for Thought: Nutrition’s Impacts on Mental Health

Wilma Schroeder

We all know that what we eat has an impact on our physical health, but what about our mental health? A growing body of research since the 1990s suggests that nutrition can play a key role in mental health, including major mental illnesses. This ought not to surprise us; after all, what we eat and drink provides the basis for … Read More

10 Questions to Ask When Choosing a Treatment Program

Wilma Schroeder

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Help! My spouse/partner/child/parent/friend needs mental health or addictions treatment! Where can they go? How do I know if a program is right for them? For family and friends of a person experiencing a mental health crisis (and for the person themselves), finding one’s way through the health care system can be incredibly difficult. It is hard to know what is … Read More

How to Be a Strong Family When Facing Mental Illness

Wilma Schroeder

mental illness, family, togetherness, mental health, self-care, counselling, therapy

Serious illness often lands like a bomb in the middle of the family system, disrupting routines and scattering the family members. When it is a mental illness, the impact can be particularly severe, compounded by stigma, fear and social isolation. What can a family do to maintain strong relationships with each other when mental illness has joined the family? Family … Read More