Blog posts written by Vicki Enns

Tips for Counselling Single Parent Families

Vicki Enns

[Excerpt from Counselling in Relationships] The following excerpt comes from our book, Counselling in Relationships: Insights for Helping Families Develop Healthy Connections. The chapter, “Single-Parent Families,” explores common challenges and celebrates the strengths of the single-parent family. The power of attachment-based parenting coupled with the unique strengths of each family provide the foundation for the practical skills outlined in this chapter. … Read More

How to Practice Self-Care for Zoom Fatigue

Vicki Enns

For many counsellors, the use of technology has become central to how we do our counselling work over this last year. Because of this, I have become increasingly aware of the reality of “Zoom fatigue,” which can be applied to any type of technology. In addition to so much change while navigating the pandemic, it’s also useful to focus on … Read More

Managing the Online Counselling Relationship

Vicki Enns

The COVID-19 pandemic has had many impacts on our lives, including changes in how we connect with others. For many counsellors, this has meant shifting to working remotely, whether through online video platforms or over-the-phone support. Since March 2020, my own counselling practice has almost completely shifted to online video conferencing. Connecting with people using video platforms had already been … Read More

Coping During COVID-19 – Practicing Resilience

Vicki Enns

resilience during covid-19, coronavirus, mental health, self-care, counseling, therapy, anxiety, depression

Talking about coping and resilience during the pandemic has become a bit like discussing the weather. It’s on many of our minds when we wake up in the morning, and it’s become part of our regular small talk when we say hello. Although the “weather forecast” of COVID-19 differs depending on geography, we all need to be able to adapt … Read More

Where to Start When Counselling Couples

Vicki Enns

couple counselling, couples counseling, therapy, therapist, mental health, relationship counseling, self-care, counseling techniques

[Excerpt from Counselling in Relationships] The following excerpt comes from our upcoming book, Counselling in Relationships: Insights for Helping Families Develop Healthy Connections. The “Couple Relationships” chapter explores the power of patterns that develop in love relationships which can either lead to disconnection or further connection. Counsellors can learn to interrupt these patterns and facilitate deepening intimacy and trust. Love may … Read More

How to Cope With Post-Traumatic Stress During COVID-19

Vicki Enns

post-traumatic stress, PTSD, mental health, mental illness, counselling, counsellor, COVID-19, Coronavirus, pandemic, self-care, trauma, traumatic

We are living in strange times, with unique challenges that many of us have never encountered before. Everywhere on the planet, people now have to collectively focus on survival, united in facing a shared threat: COVID-19. Every one of us is equipped with instincts to help us rise to the challenge of survival, but these same instincts can also add … Read More

3 Ways to Experience Joy with Others

Vicki Enns

joy, experiencing joy, happiness, contentment, self-help, mental health, gratitude, movement, breathing

After counselling for over 25 years, I have become increasingly focused on how I can stay emotionally healthy in both my personal and professional life. Counselling work has its unique rewards and challenges, including the inevitability that I will be changed by the people I support. Both their sorrow and their joy will impact me. This may sound like I’m … Read More

How to Embrace Change

Vicki Enns

change, changes, embracing change, self-help, counselling, therapy, mental health

Have you ever been pulled along by the force of change or felt like you have no control over it? We all know the one thing we can count on in life is change. It’s always going to show up. Whether it’s unexpected or something we go looking for, it is always somewhat stressful! Recently, I’ve chosen to make some … Read More

8 Good Reasons to See a Counsellor

Vicki Enns

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There are many ways to increase health in our lives. Seeing a counsellor can play a unique role in your overall wellness plan. I recently heard someone liken going to counselling both to going to the doctor’s office and to taking a class. Counselling has the unique capacity to help relieve negative symptoms by addressing something that is already going … Read More

PTSD Awareness – Become Trauma-Informed

Vicki Enns

PTSD, trauma-informed, counselling, mental health

Anyone can be affected by post-traumatic stress. Post-traumatic stress disorder is not only for mental or physical health professionals to know about. It is essential that everyone become trauma-informed in order to prevent PTSD, to protect and seek help for themselves or loved ones, and to mitigate the ongoing effects that can build over time from a traumatic experience. Increasing … Read More