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Helpful Tips From Professional Counsellors On Avoidant Personality Disorder

It’s not uncommon for people to be shy, or to avoid the discomfort associated with criticism, rejection, and embarrassment. For some people, however, this avoidance can come to dominate their entire life, restricting their ability to form friendships or relationships, and even limiting their...
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Narcissistic Personality Disorder: Helpful tips from Professional Counsellors

Narcissism is a term inspired by ancient Greek mythology. According to the story, Narcissus is punished by the gods in an unusual way: He is made to fall in love with his own reflection, causing him to ignore everything else and eventually waste away by the shore bank (The Editors of Encyclopaedia...
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Borderline Personality Disorder: Helpful Tips from Professional Counsellors

Borderline personality disorder (BPD) is one of the most common personality disorders associated with the use of mental health services (Cotet, C.D., et al., 2017). However, it is also one of the least understood (Cotet, C.D., et al., 2017). For a long time mental health professionals even debated...
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FACTBC Update on the College of Counselling Therapists in B.C.

An estimated one in six Canadians experiences a need for mental health care (Findlay, L.C., & Sunderland, A., & Statics Canada, 2012). However, while the need for professional counsellors is clear, not every province in the country regulates this field. According to the Canadian Counselling...
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Teaching Clients to Recognize and Defuse Anger Once You Become a Counsellor

It’s well known that feelings of anger can have a negative impact on a client’s health and relationships. Research shows that lingering and chronic anger are associated with increased risk of heart disease and stroke, can weaken immune response, and can even lead to reduced life expectancy...
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Transpersonal Approaches to Therapy For Professional Counsellors

Mental health has become a growing concern in Canada and around the world. According to recent figures, “In any given year, 1 in 5 Canadians experiences a mental health or addiction problem” and—even more worrying—half of all Canadians will have or have had a mental illness by the time they...
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Overcoming Bullying: How You Can Help Clients Heal When You Become a Counsellor

Research suggests that about 38 per cent of Canadian men and 30 per cent of Canadian women were bullied as children, and as many as 40 per cent of workers “experience bullying on a weekly basis” (Canadian Institutes of Health Research, 2012). This prevalence is especially troubling given...
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Employment Counselling as a Career Option for Counsellor Training Graduates

For many individuals, the transition from one career or job to another can be a stressful experience. Uncertainty, insecurity, and a fear of failure can lead those seeking employment to feel discouraged. However, the process of transitioning into a new career doesn’t have to be negative! In fact,...
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Understanding Trauma Counselling as You Complete Counsellor Training

In the face of an extremely distressing event, it is common for people to experience psychological trauma, which is a type of mental damage. They may have difficulty reorienting themselves in everyday life, may seem withdrawn or anxious, or experience a number of other mental and physical symptoms...
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4 Reasons Clients May Seek Out Your Services Once You Become a Counsellor

Using their expertise to help clients navigate emotions, past experiences, and attitudes, counsellors play an important role in helping clients reach overall wellness and happiness. Throughout your career as a counsellor, you’ll have the opportunity to meet and help many different clients. No two...
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