6 Ways to Improve Dementia Care

Wilma Schroeder

Dementia is a growing concern as it appears to be increasing worldwide. Those of us providing help and counselling will encounter more people impacted by dementia, so we need to be prepared to support them. Dementia diagnoses are often met with fear and distress. The image we have in our minds is of someone slumped in a wheelchair or wandering … Read More

6 Benefits of Expressive Arts Therapy

Wilma Schroeder

“How can we help a nonverbal youth express their emotions?” I provide clinical support at a group home for youth who have experienced trauma, and this question was asked by one of the support workers during a meeting. It struck me then, as it has before, how much we rely on verbal communication in therapy. My immediate answer was to … Read More

Tips for Embracing Adversity – Lessons From a Canoe Trip

Wilma Schroeder

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I and nine other women, ages 23 to 63, stand huddled together under a big tarp, soaking wet despite our rain gear. We have just canoed across a lake in the pouring rain, and we’re struggling to get a fire lit. There’s no point changing our clothes because it continues to pour. And it’s early September, not cold out yet … Read More

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

Wilma Schroeder

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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

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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

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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

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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