3 Priorities for Helping High-Risk Clients

Nadine Groves

life-threatening behaviours, self-harm, self-care, mental health, therapy, counselling, anxiety, depression, caregiver

As a counsellor, I sometimes feel overwhelmed when a client begins their session by listing the various crises that happened during their week. It’s difficult to know where to start when someone starts with, “I told my boss off,” “I fought with my boyfriend and downed a handful of pills,” and “If he leaves, I’ll kill myself,” What can I … Read More

How to Prepare Children for Going Back to School During COVID-19

Elaine Conrad

back to school, children, parents, COVID-19, self-care, mental health

Many children are about to go back to school after months of being at home with only parents and siblings to socialize and learn with. Each province and state has their own standards for what constitutes safety regarding COVID-19. A new way of socializing including staggered days and extended recess and outdoor times are just some of the ideas that … Read More

How to Overcome Social Media Addiction

Janelle Jackiw

addiction, social media, internet, social media addiction, internet addiction, self-care, mental illness, mental health, counselling, therapy

When we think about addiction, we often think about drug and alcohol use. However, research is clear that individuals can get a similar “high” from using the internet, including social media. Scrolling through social media and browsing the internet are popular activities that most of us engage in without any problem or issue. However, there is a small percentage of … Read More

How to Build Resilient Communities

Nataschaa Chatterton

In this time of global change, we must meet our needs closer to home and rely on community more than ever. What is a community? Community is not a place or its people – it’s a feeling. It exists among people, and consists of feelings of belonging, trust, and acceptance. Community is created when people strive to meet common needs. … Read More

5 Keys for De-escalating Anger

Nathan Gerbrandt

anger, anger de-escalation, violence prevention, self-care, mental health, front line workers, trauma, trauma-informed

As someone who coordinates training for groups throughout North America, I am struck that at a time of physical distancing, I’m seeing an increase in organizations expressing concern over the physical safety of their employees. And it’s not only from those who work in front line, health care, or public facing roles – anyone whose work requires them to be … Read More

Giving Yourself Permission to Slow Down During COVID-19

Alexis Power

permission, slow down, self-care, boundaries, covid-19, pandemic

The COVID-19 pandemic has changed the ways in which we navigate our daily lives. Prior to the pandemic, our place and pace in the world often excelled at a rate that left little time for self-reflection, personal examination, and questioning. With all of the shifts we’ve had to make, a topic that has come to mind for me is permission. … Read More

How to Stay Optimistic During Tough Times

Jennifer Kelly

optimism, optimistic, positivity, self-care, mental health, tough times, pandemic, COVID-19

There’s a dark and a troubled side of life. There’s a bright and a sunny side too. But if you meet with the darkness and strife, the sunny side we also may view.” – Keep on the Sunny Side of Life Since 1899 when Keep on the Sunny Side of Life was written, artists like Johnny Cash have belted out … Read More

7 Ways to Calm Down Big Emotions

Nadine Groves

emotions, big emotions, calm down, anxiety, mental health, self-car, counselling, therapy, therapist, counsellor, emotion regulation

To say emotions are big is an understatement. Although shame, fear, sadness, and anger can sometimes be overpowering in a counselling session, I believe that sitting with people as they experience their emotions can be healing. But I also know that clients sometimes feel overwhelmed by their feelings. They want to regain control so they can carry on with the … Read More

How to Set Personal Boundaries

Lori McIssac Bewsher

personal boundaries, setting boundaries, self-care, relationships, mental health, counselling, therapy

Setting personal boundaries is a familiar topic in counselling sessions. Whether it is with a partner, friend, colleague, or extended family member, relationships often become strained when we feel our own needs are being neglected to meet the needs of others. Consider the following scenario: Cindy is exhausted. In addition to working full-time and parenting three young children, she has … Read More

How to Recognize the Trauma Behind the Response to Racism

Shadell Permanand

racism, trauma, black lives matter, #blacklivesmatter, trauma-informed, conversation, dialogue, self-care

Author’s Note: I am Canadian, originally from Winnipeg, and I lived in Toronto for 15 years as an adult. I’ve been living in Chicago since 2011 and I work in the areas of conflict resolution, restorative justice, and diversity and inclusion. I see myself as an ally, and I write this from the perspective of a cisgender person of colour … Read More