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Therapy of the Week: Acceptance and Commitment Therapy

“Fight-or-Flight” describes a physiological response to stress. It is a survival mechanism that is meant to let us react in dangerous situations (Harvard, 2018). However, many people face all kinds of fight-or-flight inducing stress every day. Rather than running away from or fighting against...
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What Counselling Therapists Should Know About the Arrival Fallacy

In our goal-oriented world, it’s not uncommon to hear someone say that they’ll be happy once they secure a coveted promotion, gain that much-desired raise, or even become famous. In fact, according to one recent study, for over 80% of millennials, becoming rich is one of their greatest ambitions...
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The Pressure to Succeed and Its Effects on Teen Mental Health: An Overview for Counselling Therapists

Adolescence has always been a challenging time. As teenagers make the rocky transition from childhood into adulthood, they face a range of physical, cognitive, and social changes, while seeking autonomy and struggling to establish their own identity (Villanueva, 2015). In addition to these timeless...
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How Learning Counselling Can Help with Mental Health In Rural Communities

Individuals and families living in rural Canada face a set of challenges that are often different from those encountered by their urban and suburban counterparts. The volatility of commodity prices, unpredictable weather, and mine or mill closures can all have drastic effects on rural economies and...
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Bipolar Disorder: Helpful tips from Professional Counsellors

Affecting approximately 1% of the general population, bipolar disorder is a mental illness that is still in need of greater understanding and awareness (HealthLinkBC, n.d.). For example, many people may know that manic episodes are often characterized by an elevated mood and sense of self-esteem...
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The ACE study and what it means for trauma counsellors

Much attention has been directed towards the transformative power of grit, hard work, and perseverance. Studies have determined that those who possess “grit” are more likely to follow through on commitments, stay in school, and succeed later in life (Duckworth, n.d.). However, tenacity may only...
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