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It’s okay to be uncomfortable

“It’s sometimes okay to be uncomfortable,” my mentor said to me while we were talking about my driving anxiety. While the conversation had nothing to do with counselling, it was extremely relevant to therapy. The phrase struck a chord with me and I began thinking about how change can be uncomfortable. Everyone goes through changes in life but sometimes even…
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A Day in the Life of a Counselling Student: Honouring Emotion

“People are always doing the best they can with what they have.” Dr. Saira says. In today’s Counselling Therapist class, they’re examining the relationship between trauma and neuroscience. Dr. Saira is excited—she’s presenting recent neuroscientific research that better explains the psychological responses of ‘Fight or Flight’ or Freeze in the face of trauma. The polyvagal theory The polyvagal theory, she…
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A Day in the life of a Counselling Student: Counsellor as Catalyst

Being part of Dr. Faizal’s class is like being welcomed into a sacred space. I immediately felt warm and safe; like I knew everyone in my Counselling Therapist class for a long time and was everyone’s cheerleader for being better people, and they were mine! Now close to the end of the 88-week program, the students are intimately aware of…
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4 Steps to Challenge Unhelpful Thoughts

At one point or another, all of us have experienced stress or anxiety impeding our success. How can we conquer these anxieties? In my Counselling Therapist Program coursework and clinical experiences, I see much of what makes my clients anxious is not the stressor itself (e.g. the upcoming test) but their thoughts on that stressor (e.g. “I’m going to fail”,…
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Four ways the Counselling Program gave me the new normal

I’m amazed at how fast time has moved over the course of this program. I can hardly believe there are less than three months left. As I was looking back over the last year and a half, I’ve come to realize just how many positive changes have snuck up on me, and I hardly noticed when these changes became my…
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A Peek into the Family

When most people picture a class, the majority don’t envision a family. For me, I’m surprised, grateful, and truly fascinated by the amazing group of individuals that I share my learning journey with. When I think of this Counselling Therapist class, I think of a little family. All of us echo the same sentiment: How… How is it possible for…
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Counselling Therapist Diploma: The Journey Begins

Greetings fellow readers! I’m Vandhana, “V” for ease of use, and I’m currently a student in the Counselling Therapist Diploma program at Stenberg College. This is my first blog post ever! I’m excited to share a little about me and this exciting program. I have been a Licensed Practical Nurse since 2012, and while I love being a nurse and…
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Counselling Practice 101 – Name Your Business

If you’ve read my previous blogs, you already know that in addition to working full time as a Student Success Coordinator at Stenberg College, I run a private practice. My business is called Strength Within Consulting and has been up and running for eight years. In this time, I have realized and learned many things about running a business, however,…
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Dreams do come true, even if they look different

When I started my Counselling Diploma program, I had a good idea of who I wanted to work with after I graduated. When my Program Advisor asked me, “What kind of people do you want to work with?” I responded with the following: “When I graduate, I would like to build a private counselling practice. This practice would be full…
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Creativity as a Counsellor

Creativity as a Counsellor: With my focus on youth who have signs of anxiety and/or depression, I get to be creative in a variety of ways.
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