Knowing Your Limits as a New Therapist

Emily Bushell

If you are a recent grad or just starting out as a therapist, chances are you’ve been asked, “Who do you work with?” And you’ve probably been tempted to respond with, “Everyone.” Although many of us get into the helping field to support as many people as we can, it is imperative that we know where our limits are, what … Read More

Thoughts on Counselling Parent and Teen Relationships

Marion Brown

[Excerpt from Counselling in Relationships]  Regardless of what someone’s aspirations are at the outset, parenthood is rife with moments of asking, “What should I do now?” These take on a particular intensity while parenting during the teen years. Despite lots of opinions about what parents ought to do, many parents feel quite alone in the challenging moments, feeling the weight … Read More

Insights for Working with a Purposeful Single Parent

Jody Lambert

[Excerpt from Counselling in Relationships] The following excerpt comes from our book, Counselling in Relationships: Insights for Helping Families Develop Healthy Connections. The chapter, Purposeful Single Parenting, explores an increasingly common family structure based on choice.  Connecting with values, examining expectations, and building positive support networks are a few of the themes explored in this chapter. Many people experience unique … Read More

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