How to Support Children With Social Anxiety

Melody Morin

COVID-19 has forced many of us to change our behaviours – for children and youth in crucial developmental stages, the pandemic has also had a devasting impact on their social development. In light of the health crisis and keeping people safe, many of us who work on the frontlines of the mental health field are starting to see the effects … Read More

Counselling Families With Adopted Children

Sheri Coburn

[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

Tips for Blended Family Counselling

Carl Heaman-Warne

The following excerpt comes from our upcoming book, Counselling in Relationships: Insights for Helping Families Develop Healthy Connections. The “Blended Families” chapter explores the complexities that accompany the merging of families over time. Since this is such a common family structure, it is important for counsellors to become acquainted with their challenges and strengths. “30 percent of children are raised in … Read More

7 Self-Care Tips for Building Resilience

Marnie Stickley

As counsellors and helpers, we know about vicarious trauma and burnout all too well. This is because many of us walk alongside folks who have experienced very painful things, including emotional and psychological abuse and/or physical and sexual violations and violence. I used to hear and read about self-care strategies early in my career, but they often didn’t resonate with … Read More

Coping During COVID-19 – Practicing Resilience

Vicki Enns

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

[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 Practice Winter Wellness

Wilma Schroeder

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

Ideas for Engaging Dads in the Counselling Process

John Koop Harder

The following excerpt comes from our upcoming book, Counselling in Relationships: Insights for Helping Families Develop Healthy Connections. The chapter, “Engaging Fathers,” explores the importance of fathers in families and how counsellors can involve dads in the counselling process so they can get to know themselves better, improve their relationships, and feel empowered in their role. Dads need support for both … Read More

Reconciliation – 3 Keys to Understanding

Noela Crowe-Salazar

reconciliation, race, racism, dialogue, dialog, conversation, difficult conversation, BLM, Indigenous

I was having coffee with a friend at a socially-distanced cafe when we overheard a conversation on politics and elections at another table. Given the pending elections and current news in Nova Scotia about violence and racism in the lobster industry, it was not surprising to overhear discussions about these topics. The comment we overheard was, “We need to stop … Read More

Navigating Parent and Teen Relationships

Marion Brown

parent teen relationship, relationships, parenting, emotions, counselling, therapy, mental health

[Excerpt from Counselling in Relationships] Families are always navigating multiple challenges and varying needs across different stages of the life cycle. Each family also has inherent strengths and values that provide a foundation for development and growth. When supporting families, stepping back to see the broader contexts that also support or challenge families further can help us apply our energy … Read More