“Happy” Holidays? Finding creative ways to stay festive during a pandemic holiday season

The jury is split among the clients I have been seeing. The holiday season is either cancelled or it’s going to be celebrated in an excessive and overly abundant manner. One thing is common though: it is definitely going to be a holiday season that will be different from all holiday seasons. This pandemic hasContinue reading ““Happy” Holidays? Finding creative ways to stay festive during a pandemic holiday season”

Embracing the Forever Student in Me…

Through this pandemic, I’ve learned a few things about myself. First, there is always time to do the things I want, even though it seems like there is not enough time in the day. Second, in difficult times, it’s important to find “silver linings”. And if there doesn’t seem to be any, make them forContinue reading “Embracing the Forever Student in Me…”

To Send or Not to Send Your Kids to School During this Pandemic…

One of the common themes of my sessions these days seem to be the difficult decision ahead of many parents of young children and youth: Should I send my child(ren) back to school or keep him/her/them home in the Fall? For some, it is not really a difficult decision at all – we have workContinue reading “To Send or Not to Send Your Kids to School During this Pandemic…”

When the topic of Systemic Racism makes you feel uncomfortable…

One of the common themes of my most recent sessions with clients has surrounded the topic of “systemic racism”. There are so many reminders in our local and international communities that have been present in our newsfeeds. It seems that everywhere we turn, whether or not it’s in the news or on all social mediaContinue reading “When the topic of Systemic Racism makes you feel uncomfortable…”

Relationship Survival: We’re in this pandemic together

Let’s rewind a couple of months for a moment: You may recall you and your partner in a different type of routine. Work may have been outside of the house for most of the day. Kids (if any) were in school for most of the day. Then, at some point in the evening, you allContinue reading “Relationship Survival: We’re in this pandemic together”

Distance Learning: What I’ve Learned After I’ve Survived the First Week

I survived the first week of distance learning…did you? Last week, I was asked to participate in an interview for a local paper about the impact of distance learning on children and working families, and more importantly, the barriers that may interfere with success. To read the article, please click here. Preparing for this interviewContinue reading “Distance Learning: What I’ve Learned After I’ve Survived the First Week”

Online Counselling Sessions: How Technology has Made Support (Somewhat) Accessible to Clients During the Covid-19 Pandemic

This global pandemic has forced many of us to be creative and flexible with the way in which we complete our work. With most of us being asked to work from home, we are experiencing the challenges and conveniences of technology on a full-time basis – teleconferences, online training sessions, and, in my case, telemedicineContinue reading “Online Counselling Sessions: How Technology has Made Support (Somewhat) Accessible to Clients During the Covid-19 Pandemic”

Today, Be Kind to Yourself.

You yourself, as much as anybody in the entire universe, deserve your love and affection. Buddha It is so easy to be hard on ourselves for not coping the way we think we “should” cope with these changes. In many of my sessions this week, the message that I have been consistently delivering is this:Continue reading “Today, Be Kind to Yourself.”

Accepting Our Anxiety: Coping with Uncertainty in an Unpredictable World

I returned to work this week – the first time since the global pandemic was announced. I was able to connect with my clients online and on the telephone, for which I was grateful. One thing is for sure: we are all stressed. And it makes sense, right? In a short period of time, theContinue reading “Accepting Our Anxiety: Coping with Uncertainty in an Unpredictable World”

Changes to Counselling Services in Response to the Covid-19 Pandemic

It was a very difficult decision for me to make; however, effectively immediately, I will be discontinuing in-person sessions until further notice. I have to do my part to practice social responsibility and distancing. But I understand that this is a very sensitive time with heightened anxiety. Therefore, I am in the process of findingContinue reading “Changes to Counselling Services in Response to the Covid-19 Pandemic”