Counsellor's Advice Blog


shutterstock_271701236

Highly Successful People Are at Higher Risk for Depression


One of the largest myths about depression is that it escapes the lives of successful people, that only people who are poor or come from tough upbringings are prone to depression. In fact, studies show that highly successful individuals such as CEOs may be depressed at more than double the rate of the average population…

shutterstock_325609028

“Do I Have Depression?” Searching for Answers to Depression in Ottawa


“Do I have depression?” That’s a common search phrase on Google. More and more these days, as awareness of depression is on the increase, people who are afflicted with or experiencing symptoms of depression are taking proactive steps to seek diagnosis and treatment. What are the symptoms of depression? How is depression diagnosed? Is depression…

shutterstock_735438973

How Social Media Could Be Ruining Your Life – And How to Fix It!


Does your life seem boring, miserable or unfulfilling? We’ve got the solution! But wait, you say, how could you possibly have the solution right here in this mental health article? How could it be that easy? Okay, granted, we’re not touting this as the key to eternal happiness. It’s not a “quick fix” to make…

shutterstock_590363267

Cognitive Therapy: How a Handful of Sessions Could Change Your Life


Wondering what cognitive therapy is all about? Perhaps your GP or other doctor referred you to a cognitive therapist? Or maybe you’ve tried other forms of therapy and haven’t found success? Whatever brought you to this search, we’re happy to answer your questions about cognitive therapy. Let’s explore what it is, what it isn’t, how…

shutterstock_367910456

How Can Career Counselling in Ottawa Help Ignite Your Work Potential?


When someone says, “Career Counselling,” do your thoughts immediately veer towards a high school guidance counsellor asking what you want to do with your life? Or perhaps a tiny office in a government-sponsored program for the unemployed? That’s understandable. The concept of career counselling extends across a pretty broad range of services and providers, and…

shutterstock_45137005

The Mid-Life Crisis: What It Is & How to Survive It


Picture a slightly greying man in a baseball cap and sunglasses, behind the wheel of a convertible sports car with the top down. On the passenger side sits a blonde half his age. Now imagine a woman staring out the window, losing interest in seemingly everything in life, wondering what became of her marriage and…

shutterstock_141036166

Personality Disorders in Greater Detail (Part 2 of 2)


In our previous article, Part One on Personality Disorders, we gave an overview of personality disorders, then focused on one of the more common ones: Borderline Personality Disorder. This article will cover some of the other personality disorders, specifically: Narcissistic Personality Disorder Avoidant Personality Disorder Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD) Before diving into those specific conditions,…

shutterstock_268383962

Personality Disorders: Borderline and Beyond (Part 1 of 2)


What are personality disorders? Are these just ‘faults’ or ‘flaws’ in someone’s personality? And, if personality is something that’s largely formed by the time we’re adults, does this mean that personality disorders can’t be treated? You may have heard of borderline personality disorder, narcissistic personality disorder, obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD) or many others in the category.…