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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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How to Ride the Wave

The news about the COVID-19 pandemic changes every day. There is so much information to process that it might feel like a tidal wave. In these uncertain times, it’s difficult for many to cope. Individuals, including counsellors themselves, may be looking for strategies to mitigate the negative...
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From Coronavirus to Climate Change: Helping Clients Navigate the Overwhelming Nature of our World as a Counselling Therapist

We live in a world with a 24-hour news cycle where we must process constant information about difficult current events. Opinions flow into our view from multiple sources. For many, the headlines, events, and their accompanying comment threads can be anything from saddening to overwhelming to...
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Technique of the Week: Dialectical Behaviour Therapy (DBT)

Dialectical Behaviour Therapy (DBT) is a form of behavioural therapy designed to help clients using strategies based around acceptance, change, mindfulness, and problem-solving. It is often used to help people with borderline personality disorder (BPD), as well as those with substance misuse issues,...
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How Social Media Is Affecting How We Perceive Ourselves. How This Can Tie into Depression and Anxiety

One would think that the ability to see friends’ latest posts on Facebook or to send them a quick message on Twitter would help us feel happier and more connected. However, the exact opposite seems to be happening. A growing body of research suggests that social media is causing a mental health...
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Depression: Helpful tips from Professional Counsellors

The Canadian Mental Health Association states that approximately eight percent of adults will experience “major depression at some time in their lives.” The World Health Organization (WHO)’s Department of Mental Health and Substance Abuse has even declared it “the top cause of disability...
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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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