Guided progressive muscle relaxation

Progressive muscle relaxation is an exercise that relaxes your mind and body by progressively tensing and relaxing muscle groups. I often recommend this exercise to clients because it can help get distance from negative thoughts, locate the source of body-based emotional tension, aid sleep preparation, and tangibly relax breathing and stressed muscles…

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Amanda Thiessen
How do I find a good counsellor? Part 2 of 2

So, you’ve found a handful of counsellors online who have piqued your interest. You understand what all the letters behind their name mean, and whether or not your benefits cover their services. You have read through their “About Me” section and found something that gets your attention. Now what?

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Amanda Thiessen
How do I find a good counsellor? Part 1 of 2

Clients and therapists alike are often frustrated with how confusing the mental health landscape can be. Do I need to see a psychologist? Counsellor? Psychiatrist? What’s the difference between a counsellor and a therapist? Who do my benefits cover?

While many people assume that psychologists and psychiatrists = PhDs, and counsellors = Master’s degree, this is not the case. Unfortunately the terms “counsellor” and “therapist” are not (yet!) regulated in British Columbia. This means just about anyone can set up shop and advertise themselves as a counsellor, regardless of their ability to actually help or keep people safe. 

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Amanda Thiessen