Counsellor's Advice Blog


Screen Time: Do You Have a Social Media Addiction?


  You’re well past your bedtime, but your smartphone and laptop are still keeping you up. You know that you have to start your day early tomorrow morning, but you just can’t seem to close your gadgets for fear of missing out. You recognize that your attachment to social media may not be healthy anymore,…

The Benefits and ROI of Career Counselling


According to a study by Accountemps, workers are disengaged in their jobs about 28 percent of the time. Research in 2015 also found that 51% of Canadians are not happy with their current work. Though fewer workers in North America are now looking to change their jobs in 2019, studies show that 34 percent of…

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Benefits of Cognitive Behavioral Therapy


  Mental health awareness has become a priority for many people nowadays. Psychotherapy has been used time and time again to address any mental health issues that people may have. Psychotherapy aims to improve the well-being of the patient and involves many different methods. These methods have different focuses and vary in terms of what…

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How to Recognize When You Or a Loved One Could Benefit From Therapy


Not everyone has a positive predisposition towards counselling and therapy. Contrary to what some people may believe, one does not have to be ‘crazy’ or be ‘deficient’ to seek therapy. We all have a coping mechanism when problems and stress come into our lives. However, there are times when we may need professional support when…

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Valentine’s Day Tips to Strengthen Your Relationship


  There is no one-size-fits-all solution to strengthening your relationship with your loved one. Just as every individual is different, the way they deal and approach relationships vary as well. Relationships can be challenging and complicated, but the rewards you get from a healthy connection is immense. In a relationship, you get a life partner and…

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The 6 Stages of Beating an Addiction


No matter what type of addiction you or a loved one may be facing, the road to recovery is a long and complex one. It all seems so daunting, the idea of “change.” As human beings, after all, on many levels we are wired to resist change. We’d rather stay in our comfort zones! When…

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New Year’s Resolutions to Improve Mental Health


A happy 2019 to you! It’s that time of the year again when we make a list (whether physical or mental) of things that we want to change in our lives. Most of the time, our New Year’s resolutions include saving money, traveling, and spending more time with our loved ones. We’ll also suddenly become…

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Finding Balance Between Family, Work, & Friends


Time really flies by fast. One minute you’re in college parties and having some of the best times of your life. Then, the next thing you know, you’re buried in work and your life revolves around your job. It’s not wrong. As they say, you need to strike while the iron is hot. So, if…

Quality Holiday Time with Your Family: Avoiding Roadblocks


It’s no secret that spending quality time with your family can lead to a sense of more connectedness and open up the lines of communication, yet this is difficult to do in our lives that are full of extra curricular activities, technology, and work. Especially when we note that it is quality time we are searching for;…

The Dangers of Substance Abuse & Addiction


The years of high school, college and university can be some of the most exciting times in a young person’s life – when they are meeting new people, having new experiences, taking risks, leveraging,  opportunities, and expanding their horizons. However, during these years young adolescence also experiences some of the most highly pressured times in…