Blog Val Gelsinger May 16, 2016 @ 4:32AM

PTSD Awareness – Become Trauma Informed

Anyone can be affected by post-traumatic stress. Post-traumatic stress disorder is not only for mental or physical health professionals to know about. It is essential that everyone become trauma-informed in order to prevent PTSD, to protect and seek help for...

4 Keys to Helping Someone with a Mental Illness

Someone you care about has a mental illness – what do you do? The temptation is to try to persuade the person to think or act differently, but that doesn’t work very well. You end up arguing and talking in circles, only to get frustrated with each other. What now? 1....

Five Tips for Managing Your Anxiety

Anxiety is a normal part of human life, as well as a common mental health issue. It’s normal for people to feel worried or nervous about new or challenging situations such as public speaking, job interviews, or a first date. However, anxiety can become problematic...

Alcohol Use Problems: 4 Steps to Moving in a Positive Direction

Many people love a glass of wine or pint of beer with friends. Alcohol is part of celebrations and sharing. On a bad day, friends may suggest going to get a drink to talk it over. Alcohol use is interwoven into the routine daily life for so many people. There are many...

How to Be a Strong Family When Facing Mental Illness

Serious illness often lands like a bomb in the middle of the family system, disrupting routines and scattering the family members. When it is a mental illness, the impact can be particularly severe, compounded by stigma, fear and social isolation. What can a family do...

7 Tips for Creating a Safer School Year for LGBTQ+ Youth

It’s hard to believe the new school year is beginning. For some this brings the excitement of re-connection with friends, the fun of stationery shopping and the thrill of new learning. For others, however, this time of year can be like the chilling anticipation of a...

10 Tips for Nurturing Happiness

Happiness depends upon ourselves. Aristotle As summer comes to an end, we are all hoping to carry just a bit of the warmth and happiness of the sunny season with us as we settle back into routine. But, can we ever really find happiness? What is the real stuff made of?...

Codependency Part Two

What is a Dysfunctional Family and How Does it Lead to Co-dependency? A dysfunctional family is one in which members suffer from fear, anger, pain, or shame that is ignored or denied. Underlying problems may include any of the following: An addiction by a family...

Co-Dependency

The term codependency has been around for decades. Although it originally applied to spouses of alcoholics, researchers revealed that the characteristics of codependents were much more prevalent in the general population than had previously imagined. In fact, they...

Sleep: The Cure for Negativity in People with Anxiety

Covers on, covers off. Legs curled, legs straight. Window open, window closed. Back, front, left side, right side, repeat. Is tossing and turning in bed your nightly routine? Does your anxiety prevent you from being able to turn off your mind and drift to sleep? If...

About Me

Val is a registered social worker, with her Masters of Social Work (MSW). She works with you to find a counselling solution that fits.