By Linda Kelly, MSW, RSW
It never fails. I go to a party, someone finds out I’m a therapist, and drink in hand, they proceed to tell me about all the things that eventually make them cry while simultaneously insulting my profession. (“Quit psychoanalyzing me!”)
Do I make people cry? No. Do I attract vulnerability? Perhaps. I do listen, and people’s stories are always fascinating to me. But it’s not about me.
Alcohol lowers inhibitions, which means that the things that are hard to talk about always seem easier to address when you’re drinking. Who hasn’t used liquid courage to do something that was tough? This is the basis of most of our regrettable texts and snaps (or good old drunk-dialing).
But there’s more to it.
By Laura Groulx, BEd, MSW, RSW
Your first counselling session can be anxiety-provoking: you’re sitting with a stranger, in a quiet room, and talking about very personal issues and topics. You might feel incredibly vulnerable. However, know that anxiety in this situation is totally normal, so don’t let it stop you from attending!
The majority of people that push through that first session vulnerability and anxiety return for a follow-up. This means that the experience was worth it, and they desire to return and continue. When it comes to anxiety generally, it’s often the anticipatory unknown that causes distress. The purpose of this article is to help with just that, shed light on the unknown by exploring what to expect and ways you can prepare, in order to take away (at least some of!) the first counselling session jitters.
Written and Submitted by Lisa Smalls
Have you ever woken up and wondered, what the heck is going on? Nothing seems right. You are unfocused, lack motivation, and worse, you are cranky! While for some, these days are rare, for nearly 35% of Americans who sleep less than the recommended seven or more hours a night, you could be heading toward a path of mental illness.
By Marianne Wylie, MSW, RSW
Trying to avoid drinking or using when in Thunder Bay? Are you finding it harder to resist the temptation when alcohol is more readily available in the city compared to your home community? You aren’t the only one. Many people who visit Thunder Bay want to avoid the temptation to drink or use and find it hard to resist once in the city. People will often avoid leaving their hotel altogether. While this can be helpful, it can also be isolating. Here are some things you can do to fill your time that don’t involve substance use.
By Linda Kelly, MSW, RSW
We're checking the window, making sure the crumbs are vacuumed from the office floor, coffee is fresh, water glasses are clean, and phones are working. I'm preparing resources, reading my notes from the last session, and checking your file so I know what we’re working on.
I paid to go to school for 6 years for this. I did internships, paid for supervision, attend ongoing training, and read books every day to continue to find the best way to help. I found my calling with helping people overcome serious, longstanding traumas, I mentored students, hired staff, and spent my weekends setting up furniture and renovating the building so that every person walking in here would feel safe, comfortable, respected, and valued. I am SO ready to help!
And you…don’t show?
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