All in Courage
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.
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…