April 2023 – Spring Means Teams

As we hover between Winter and Spring on a daily basis, thoughts of bulbs, warmer weather and new beginnings comes to mind.   Spring is a time of rebirth, beginning, growing, changing, and new seasons of outdoor teams often begin.  In the workplace, relationships can be strengthened when there is a team approach.  Playing together on Read More

March 2023 – What’s New to Talk About?

There’s a new word in town that is important to talk about in terms of how people think about things. The topic is Neuro Diversity, and according to Harvard Health, it is described this way. Neurodiversity describes the idea that people experience and interact with the world around them in many different ways there is Read More

February 2023 – The Month of Love

This month Vancouver Island Counselling is focusing on relationships as is highlighted on February 14th,  St. Valentine’s Day.  And Loving YOURSELF with SELF ACCEPTANCE is most important.    Relationships are the basis for everything.   Whether with your spouse, children, parents, friends, coworkers, the success or failure of those relationships greatly influences wellness.  The number one Read More

January 2023 – Happy New Year!

Fun Fact – January is named after the Roman god Janus, the god of beginnings and transitions. Not so Fun Fact – Understanding Post-Holiday Depression and Blues… Ever wonder why it’s so hard to get back into the swing after the holidays? Post-holiday blues are a thing. It’s the first full week of January, which Read More

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