Counselling and LGBT2SQ+: Examine Yourself First

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Across time and place, people who identify as lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, two-spirit, queer, questioning and intersex have faced an almost universal history of exclusion, discrimination, and violence.  The foundations of western civilization – including family, education, religion, medicine and justice – rest upon the assumption of, preference toward, and expectation for heterosexual union and cisgender expression[1]. These are communicated … Read More

Suicide Ideation – 5 Ways to Build Resilience

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Have you ever completed a suicide intervention and then wondered, “What am I supposed to do now?” Most of the information available to us on working with suicide focuses on the initial in-the-moment contact that we make with individuals who are in crisis. We learn how to look for warning signs and invitations, build rapport and approach, explore risk factors … Read More

8 Good Reasons to See a Counsellor

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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

Suicide Ideation: 5 Myth Busting Facts

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Do you feel uncomfortable discussing the topic of suicide? Do you worry that broaching the topic will make matters worse – possibly incite suicide thoughts or actions? Many people still believe the myth that asking questions about suicide thoughts or plans will give a distressed person the idea of suicide. This mistaken belief causes people to avoid the issue altogether. … Read More

Just Sit There! – An Important Counselling Tip

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I train a lot of people in various counselling skills. Sometimes I catch myself talking and talking, then wondering – Is this actually helpful? It’s relatively easy to talk about and even teach counselling skills. There is much material out there to draw from. We’ve got a lot of research telling us what people find the most helpful, lots of … Read More