I apologize for the rough and rambly nature of this article - it's been a while since I've written anything, and I just wanted to capture the inspiration while it was there! I won't blame you for feeling afraid when the issue of suicide is raised. I won't blame you for feeling confused, for finding … Continue reading How (Not) To Talk About Suicide
I had the pleasure last week of writing for the Career Counsellors Chapter blog of the Canadian Counselling and Psychotherapy Association. It's on a topic I'd been thinking about for a long while: what happens when a client tells a traumatic story in the process of narrative career counselling? Here's an excerpt: I’ve heard some … Continue reading Working With Traumatic Stories in Narrative Career Counselling
If you believe that one of the biggest perks of working in a helping profession is the feeling of being an 'expert' - of sitting in the 'power seat,' disseminating your vast knowledge to the masses of individuals coming through your office door, it would hardly be an original thought. After all, we grow up … Continue reading Not An Expert, Don’t Want To Be
You know the feeling of being stuck. Whether in your personal, interpersonal, professional, or any other life, the sense of having fallen out of the groove is always similarly and markedly unpleasant. You're out of your element. You're spinning your tires, expending lots of effort with seemingly no forward motion to thank for it. While … Continue reading Feeling Stuck? Put a Halt on it!
It was in the north - swamp country, but the forests were little more than books of green matchsticks drying in the relentless summer sun. After a long, hot day taking shelter under the shade of our helicopter, waiting and waiting for a call to action, we would fly back to camp, and hope to … Continue reading Overtime’s True Cost: Fires and Addicts