Blog posts written by Michelle Bentley

7 Tips for Finding the Right Counsellor

Michelle Bentley

counsellor, counselling, therapist, therapy, life coach, life coaching, mental health, anxiety, depression, goal setting, self-care

So you have decided you are ready to seek a change, tackle a tough decision, or perhaps find support to improve the way you are managing in your life. How do you find a professional counsellor or therapist to help you on this journey? Who is the right match for your particular concerns or goals? Here are 7 tips to … Read More

World Elder Abuse Awareness Day – Working to End Abuse

Michelle Bentley

elder abuse, seniors, elderly, abuse, mental-health, awareness

The United Nations (UN) has named June 15th World Elder Abuse Awareness Day (WEAAD), building on the Plan of Action signed by all member countries in 2002. Perhaps you have noticed a senior gentleman on your street who sits out on the front porch day after day, and you have felt a twinge of concern that no matter what the weather … Read More

Mental Health Week – Time for a Checkup!

Michelle Bentley

mental health, mental health week, self-care, well-being, tips, strategies, mental illness, learning

Mental Health Week is a great opportunity to consider what steps you need to take to safeguard or improve your thoughts, emotional concerns, stress level, relationships, health, and balance among all aspects of your life. How can each of us know when our mental health is not as good as it could be? What following areas of your mental health … Read More

Self-Injury Behaviour – Tips for Families and Caregivers

Michelle Bentley

depression, mental health, anxiety, self-care, counselling, therapy

Why would someone injure themselves through cuts, burns, or hitting? From the outside, it can be shocking and incomprehensible why someone would self-injure. From the inside, it is a way of coping with deep emotional distress that the person does not know how to tolerate, manage, or change. The self-injurer is usually not suicidal and generally tries to keep their … Read More

Finding the Right Counsellor: 7 Helpful Tips

Michelle Bentley

counsellor, decision making, therapy, well-being, mental health, goal setting

So you have decided you are ready to seek a change, tackle a tough decision, or perhaps find support to improve the way you are managing in your life. But how do you find a professional counsellor or therapist to help you on this journey? Who is the right match for your particular concerns or goals? 1. Find the Right … Read More

What’s the deal with “Mental Health”?

Michelle Bentley

mental health, mental illness, well-being, self care, wellness

Our understanding of mental health is changing. On days when I am rushing between commitments and feeling frazzled, when I overreact in a hurtful way to something someone does or says (usually someone I care about, too!), or when I find myself forgetting what intent took me from one room to another, then I don’t feel very mentally healthy. A … Read More