All in Counselling
In the first post about how to go to counselling, I went over some ways to prepare and make space for counselling. One of the biggest predictors of successful outcomes in counselling is actually the relationship between you and your counsellor. A lot of this comes down to being a “good fit.” But what does that really mean and how can you tell if it’s the case?
Hello Peak Resilience Community!
As of July 15th we will be changing our fees for incoming clients. We deeply appreciate and value the relationships we have with our clients (you!), so we are offering a grace period to our current clients. To show our gratitude and honour the relationships we have built with you, we will not increase our fees for current clients until October 15, 2019.
As a team, we’ve thought a lot about our fees, and our tendency to shy away from increasing them despite not raising them for 4 years. As women and counsellors we try to be aware of the messages we have internalized that make it hard for us to ask for what we’re worth - this is a part of our own work. The reason we are increasing our fees is to provide the best quality service and that also means being transparent.
One of my favourite things about being a counsellor is working with folks who have never been to counselling before. I am always so jazzed (and in awe) that people take such a big leap of faith and make it into the office. I know from experience that it can be terrifying and terribly vulnerable to step into a room with a stranger and tell them about what’s going on. So how do you get ready for that?
People who menstruate have been discriminated against and shamed for centuries; which is ludicrous because, not only is menstruation a normal biological process, it is also a major reason the human race exists.
At Peak Resilience, we not only understand the effects of people’s menstrual cycles on their mental health, we also acknowledge the politics of menstruation. That is, women and people who menstruate can experience conscious or unconscious shame about their cycles, pain, lack of appropriate medical care due to medical gender bias, and they can still be stigmatized for something that is totally natural (and necessary).
In our first post about burnout, we explored the importance of taking an inventory of all the things that serve to replenish you (e.g.- sleep, time with friends, moderate exercise), and things that deplete you (e.g.- unclear expectations at work, a conflict-ridden relationship, being preoccupied with work).
However, sometimes changing things up with regard to input/output doesn't have the intended impact. If this is the case, we need to take a deeper look at ourselves and explore the underlying issues that contribute to burnout.
We work with many people at Peak Resilience who are experiencing burnout - and as counsellors we’re very active in preventing burning out ourselves. This article is part one of a three part series exploring burnout. Let’s start with outlining what burnout actually is…
For the last few years, I have talked a lot about Brené Brown. I mean A LOT.
But to be fair, everyone seems to know who she is. For example, while getting my tattoo work on, I’m telling my tattooist about a training I’m going to in Houston. I ask, “do you know Brené Brown?” Without skipping a beat, he says, “is that the lady who talked about vulnerability on a Ted Talk?”. To be fair, he’s pretty much a therapist but the point is: Brené has become a household name…
Hopefully over the next few weeks, you will be able to carve out some quiet time and some time with great people you love. If you’re a late night New Years Eve partier or you celebrate East-Coast-New-Years-on-the-West-Coast and hit the sack at 9:15 (it’s glorious I’m telling you), here are some tips that can help you feel like you’re taking the reins for 2019.
The first time someone told me to, “just breathe” I was 18 years old and sitting in my doctor’s office having my first panic attack.
Convinced that I was dying, and that trying to take a deep breath wasn’t real medical advice, I was deeply annoyed with my doctor, and requested some “real” intervention. Today I know better.
Many women have expressed that they feel like it’s difficult to merely exist right now- because we’re being bombarded by stories of sexual assault and harassment on an almost daily basis.
Instead of going into how horrific this all is for a zillion reasons, I’ve decided to create a list of ideas on how to exist right now.
I am a Registered Clinical Counsellor wanting to provide the best, most ethical counselling services possible- which means I attend my own therapy.
And it scares me.
Summer is here and with it amazing weather, more time with friends, and more time for fun. Oh, and did we mention mental health issues can actually get worse in the Summer for a lot of people?
Introducing our new blog post series called "Get to Know Your Counsellor" - where we'll feature each counsellor answering questions in an authentic and vulnerable way so you can 1) get to know us better and 2) feel even more safe/comfortable when you come in for counselling.
When clients first come to Peak Resilience, they often comment on our space. We get reactions such as "wow, this is so nice" or "I feel so relaxed". We thought we would explain the rationale behind putting a lot of thought and love into our space...