Blog posts written by Sheri Coburn

Counselling Families With Adopted Children

Sheri Coburn

adoption, counseling adopted children, family counseling, mental health, self-care, anxiety, depression

[Excerpt from Counselling in Relationships] The following excerpt comes from our upcoming book, Counselling in Relationships: Insights for Helping Families Develop Healthy Connections. The “Adoptive Families” chapter illustrates the varied storylines that are part of any adoptive family. The importance of attending to both individual as well as relational storylines are highlighted with wit and guidance. The pathways to adoption are … Read More

5 Simple Steps to Random Acts of Kindness

Sheri Coburn

photo of random acts of kindness ctri crisis and trauma resource institute

The Oxford English Dictionary defines “random” as “Having no definite aim or purpose; not set or guided in a particular direction; made, done, occurring, etc., without method or conscious choice; haphazard.” I am asking you to completely disregard the Oxford Dictionary definition of random. Instead, I want you to celebrate National Random Acts of Kindness Day on February 17th, 2016 and every … Read More

Depression – 2 Key Insights for Helpers

Sheri Coburn

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

The word depression gets thrown around a lot. Socially, the word has become an overused synonym for sad, annoyed, frustrated, or simply disappointed. People often make offhanded comments like “I am so depressed that sweater hasn’t gone on sale,” which shows little thought or regard for those who bear the true weight of the word. The flippancy of its use … Read More

Summer Challenge: Stay Motivated AND Get Some Rest

Sheri Coburn

motivation, stay motivated, self-care, planning, summer, mental health

It is no secret that summer is always long awaited. Plenty of us struggle to stay motivated at work during the warm summer months, while others struggle to slow down, get outside and absorb some much-needed Vitamin D. The question this begs is, “Can we do both?” Can we stay motivated, remain focussed and embrace new and necessary tasks when … Read More

Typical Teenage Angst or Adolescent Anxiety?

Sheri Coburn

adolescent anxiety, teenage angst, youth, mental health

I don’t think it’s any secret that many of this generation’s adolescents are suffering. Many describe chronic worry, paralyzing fear of social situations, and an inability to manage the daily pressures of school, sports, or planning for their educational future. This leaves a wake of parents, teachers, and other caring supporters asking themselves, “Is this typical teenage angst or is … Read More

5 Tips to Stay Motivated and Relax this Summer

Sheri Coburn

summer motivation, stay motivated, relax, slow down, summer vacation

Plenty of us struggle to stay motivated at work during the summer months, while others struggle to slow down, get outside, and absorb some much-needed Vitamin D. The question this begs is, “Can we do both?” Can we stay motivated, remain focused, and embrace new and necessary tasks when every morsel of our being is telling us to get reacquainted with … Read More

Borderline Personality Disorder – Moving Beyond the Label

Sheri Coburn

Borderline personality disorder, borderline, BPD – whatever the chosen label, the mere mention of it causes a definite reaction among most people. Those diagnosed often experience a sense of powerlessness, confusion, anger, or refusal to accept. After all, how are you supposed to react when your personality is being called into question? How do you change your personality? Family members … Read More

How to Stop Wasting Time

Sheri Coburn

time, time management, self-care, well-being

If I had a penny for every time I heard “I don’t have time,” “If only I had the time,” or “I’ll have time when I’m dead,” I would be rich. This seeming lack of time has become the new politics: we are invested in complaining about it, yet feel powerless to change it. Our culture of martyrdom, perfectionism, helicopter … Read More

Domestic Violence: Mind Your Business by Making It Your Business!

Sheri Coburn

domestic violence, domestic violence awareness month, awareness

Since 1987, November has officially been Domestic Violence Awareness Month. It seems obvious what the purpose of any formally designated awareness-raising month is: stand up for the cause, donate any resources you have to offer, increase awareness, work to eradicate, and remember those impacted. But less obvious is what this equates to the other 11 months of the year. What … Read More