Insights for Counselling Foster Families

Lori McIssac Bewsher

[Excerpt from Counselling in Relationships] The following excerpt comes from our book, Counselling in Relationships –  Insights for Helping Families Develop Healthy Connections.  The chapter, Foster Families, encourages thinking broadly about all the relationships involved in the success of a foster family. Building trust, using curiosity, and appreciating the layers of influence from both trauma and resilience are emphasized in … Read More

Trust the Moment: Why Counselling “Detours” Can Be Beneficial

Wilma Schroeder

I’m in a counselling session with someone who is on long-term disability leave from a stressful job. We have a limited number of sessions paid for by their insurance company, so I am adopting a solution-focused approach. My agenda is to keep the focus on how their life will be different when the problem is gone and to get them … Read More

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

3 Tips for Maintaining Professional Boundaries

Emily Bushell

Many of us are drawn to the helping profession because of a strong desire to help others. When this is our focus and our drive, we can easily lose track of ourselves and become stretched beyond our own boundaries and limits in service of others. We know having and asserting our boundaries keeps our careers sustainable, but many of us … Read More

Indigenous Insights for All Counsellors

Noela Crowe-Salazar

The following excerpt comes from our book, Counselling in Relationships: Insights for Helping Families Develop Healthy Connections. The chapter reviews the 10 principles from the Truth and Reconciliation Commission. Readers are invited and challenged to reflect and apply these principles into their own life and in their work with families. While this chapter focuses on Indigenous peoples and is written … 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

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

Tips for Blended Family Counselling

Carl Heaman-Warne

blended family counseling, therapy, self-care, mental health, anxiety, depression, relationship counseling

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

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