After the Accident: A Counsellor’s Guide to Dealing with ICBC

Written by Ofir Vaisman

Have you been in a car accident? Are you suffering from more than just physical injuries? Do you feel overwhelmed trying to keep up with all the appointments, while trying to recover from your injuries? Did you know you are eligible to receive coverage for counselling/therapy sessions? Have you heard of something called Part 7 benefits?

From Avoidance to Mindfulness: A Body-Centered Approach to Healing

Written by Joelle Lazar

Waiting is not my forte. Sitting in traffic, unexpected ferry delays, and appointments that don’t start on time, challenge me to stay relaxed.
My usual reaction to unexpected delays is resistance, “Oh, no. Here we go. This sucks”. My body responds with furrowed eye brows, shallow breath, and tight jaw. My mind moves to analyze what I could have done to avoid this, or internally blame someone for my perceived wastage of time.

Why would I want to see a Jungian therapist?

Written by Joel Kroeker

Life can be tremendously difficult and dis-orienting and sometimes the accumulated loss and grief that piles up as we live our lives can be almost too much to bear. We try to resolve the suffering in our lives with all sorts of coping mechanisms and some of them work pretty well, for a while, but sometimes we reach the end of our conscious ability to move forward. We might feel stuck, or lost, or out of control.

The Fears and Facts About Counselling

Written by Julie Petrynko

FEAR:  My problems are too vague, trivial, upsetting, or embarrassing to talk about with a counsellor.

FACT:  Any concern is a valid concern. No matter how big or small your issue, we are caring, non-judgmental and here to listen and help you work through your struggles.


FEAR:  People who go to the counselling are crazy or weak.

Counselling Refugees: Risk and Resilience

Written by Suzana Dujmic

In 2010, Canada accepted 7,265 government assisted refugees and 4,833 privately sponsored refugees. According to UNICEF (2012), almost 90% of war victims are women and children. Over one million children have been killed in war zones and 20 million displaced to refugee or internally displaced person camps. According to Amnesty International (1996), children’s traumatic events include but are not limited to bombing, shelling, sniper-fire, rape and force to become child-soldiers. Many of these individuals will require counselling to help them with challenges common to pre-, trans-, and post-migration processes. Counsellors may expect to provide services to refugees, even when counselling refugees is not their main area of focus (Arthur et al., 2010).

Myths about Group Therapy

Written by Colleen Wilkie

As part of my practice I co-lead an ongoing interpersonal-psychodynamic group with Dr. Joanne Hoffman.

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Supporting Youth with Mental Health Concerns within the School System

Written by Diana Romer

I came to a new job last year where I am involved with Secondary School age students who are out of school for any number of reasons: academic failure, absenteeism, substance use, mental health, etc. My eyes were opened WIDE when I discovered that almost every student with whom I came into contact exhibited some symptoms of mental illness. Many of these students are not identified by their families or the school system as experiencing mental health concerns.

Boundaries: Where's the Line & Who Decides?

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You get one of those annoying phone calls offering you the deal of a life time, you respectfully cut the call short and go back to eating your dinner. You've just set a boundary. A feeling of entitlement helps you to understand that how you use your time (irrelevant phone call or enjoying your dinner) is a choice that you get to make and then communicate. Boundaries make it more clear where you end and I begin and visa versa. Healthy boundaries help you know who you are. That's important as you interact with other people.

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