December 2022 – Name it to tame it

Christmas is coming …. And it can be an emotional time for many people.  Emotions can be heightened in joy and togetherness as well as sadness, despair, loneliness and isolation.  This can all depend on how our relationships are running throughout the year.   Expectations at holiday time can be challenging to fulfill. One of the Read More

November 2022 – Welcome to Fall

Welcome to fall and the season of adaptationThe world is changing and we are reminded every day in the media of the changes and concerns about our futures.   How do we navigate this and be able to stay grounded and regulated.  Grounded means that our feet are firmly planted on the ground. We feel steady, Read More

October 2022 – Our Counsellors

As your new Executive Director at Vancouver Island Counselling I’d like to introduce our Counsellors.  Thank you for your continued support over the years.  With care Diane Trapp   Diane Trapp  M.A., B.Sc., RCCAs a registered clinical counsellor for over fifteen years working with individuals, couples, parents and teens, it is still an honor to Read More

September 2022 – Harmony and Balance

Maintaining our BalanceIt is important to understand that “balance” does not mean equal. Trying to give an equal number of hours to each of your various work and personal activities is unrealistic. Life needs to be more fluid than that. Rather than thinking of balance as a matter of time management think of it in Read More

August 2022 – Mindfulness for Anxiety

Mindfulness is the psychological process of bringing one’s attention to experiences occurring in the present moment, which one can develop through the practice of meditation and through other training. (Wikipedia) Anxiety is an emotion characterized by an unpleasant state of inner turmoil, often accompanied by nervous behavior such as pacing back and forth, somatic complaints and rumination. Read More

July 2022 – What is an EFAP

What is an Employee and Family Assistance Program? Employees of our organization have access to professional counselling through Vancouver Island Counselling.  This benefit is extended to all employees and their benefit eligible family members.  This service is known as an Employee and Family Assistance Program or EFAP.   Vancouver Island Counselling has been providing this service Read More

May/June 2022 – Navigating Life’s Transitions

Life transitions include the many natural changes that will be encountered over the lifespan.  From birth to older age, like the transition from childhood to adulthood, entering into an intimate relationship, starting a family, embarking on a career path, and entering into retirement, just to name a few. As we go through transitions, there are Read More

March 2022 – Take Time to Care

A study conducted among students at the University of British Columbia (UBC) found that performing acts of kindness can help lower people’s social anxiety, which often leads to negative self-beliefs and behaviors. UBC researchers found that any kind act appeared to have similar wellness benefits, even small gestures like opening a door for someone or saying ‘thanks’ Read More