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Questions to Ask When Searching for a Therapist

Questions to Ask When Searching for a Therapist

Finding a good therapist can be an essential aspect of your healing process. Therapy should be tailored to each person, so you want to make sure that you find a therapist that fits your needs in various ways. Some therapists might not conduct their sessions in a way...

Debunking Common Counseling Myths

Debunking Common Counseling Myths

Getting counseling might seem scary to some people. It is not often talked about, and there are many misconceptions about it. Mainstream media tends to portray counseling as a last-ditch effort to save someone’s sanity. Counseling does not have to be the last step....

Talking to Your Counselor About Leaving An Abuser

Talking to Your Counselor About Leaving An Abuser

Opening up to a counselor about the decision to leave an abuser can be extraordinarily difficult. Indeed, many people find the process of discussing this issue with a therapist or counselor to be traumatic in its own way. Doing so may prompt feelings of fear and...

Counselling Victims of Gaslighting Tactics

Counselling Victims of Gaslighting Tactics

While there are numerous forms of abuse and trauma that a person can go through, you often don’t hear about the different tactics; someone who uses gaslighting will use it to make their victim doubt their perception of reality. For example, someone may convince their...

3 Effective Trauma Processing Techniques

3 Effective Trauma Processing Techniques

Without question, the process of overcoming trauma is both a difficult proposition and an essential step towards living a healthier life. Trauma comes in a wide variety of forms. Still, many people who have successfully dealt with trauma find that a few critical...

Trauma Counselling For Children

Trauma Counselling For Children

While adults may have difficulty dealing with stressful situations, those same circumstances can emotionally traumatize a child. Since children aren't able to cope with these situations, their mental health can suffer over a long time. As a parent, you can protect...

Coping Mechanism for PTSD

Coping Mechanism for PTSD

Dealing with stress and anxiety can sometimes feel like a full-time job that continues into overtime. Experiencing a traumatic event and dealing with the blowback afterwards can sometimes be life-long. While everyone feels stress, for those people that seem like they...

Keeping a Therapy Journal

Keeping a Therapy Journal

Most people dwell in the misconception that keeping a diary or writing a journal is only meant for girls in their teenage years. Whereas most girls indeed turn to write memoirs and logs in the attempt to understand themselves during these years, it is not only them...

Exercises to Help Your Mental Health

Exercises to Help Your Mental Health

There's no doubt about it, the need to improve our mental health has been a trending topic within the past few years, and rightfully so. More and more people are working from home, removing themselves from social circles, and simply going about their day, not...

Why Some Therapists Take Notes

Why Some Therapists Take Notes

Notetaking helps therapists better assist their clients. During therapy, many emotions, thoughts and revelations may come up that are important to continue discussing together. Some people who attend therapy feel ignored when their therapist takes notes; At the same...