March 2021 – Understanding Depression

Sadness is a natural part of being human, and feeling this way for a period of time can be normal. But if these feelings of sadness last for more than a couple of weeks and start interfering with a person’s life in a major way, they may be experiencing depression. Depression is the experience of Read More

December / January Holiday Newsletter

A Holiday Message from Your Vancouver Island Counselling Team In March of this year the world changed for all of us. Since then, like one continuous earthquake, the ground has not stopped moving under our feet. Ongoing tremor and aftershock still rock and ripple around us, within us and sometimes between us. Much has been Read More

November 2020 – Leading with Kindness

There are certain scientifically validated activities that can be done every day that bring us many physical, mental and emotional health benefits. Examples of this include a regular exercise, mindfulness or gratitude practice. However, did you know kind acts – even secret ones – can do wonders for your overall health and well-being? Kindness behaviors Read More

September 2020 – Serving Workplaces and Communities for 40 Years!

Who is Vancouver Island Counselling?Vancouver Island Counselling is your EFAP (Employee and Family Assistance Program) and is a very important component of your employee benefit package. Your EFAP encourages people with personal concerns to seek confidential counselling help as soon as possible before issues seriously affect family and work life and individual health and safety. This Read More

August 2020 – COVID Burnout Resiliency

Burnout is a state of emotional, physical, and mental exhaustion caused by excessive and prolonged stress. It occurs when you feel overwhelmed, emotionally drained, and unable to meet constant demands. Although burnout is often associated with work and life imbalances, it has become associated now with the continuing nature of the COVID 19 pandemic. Burnout can be recognized Read More

July 2020 – Could I Benefit From Counselling?

Perhaps you have been thinking about seeing a counsellor for a while. Some days you feel really low or agitated or angry or trapped and feel like you need to speak to someone right away. Then the next day you feel okay and the thought of setting up a first appointment with a counsellor goes away.  But the issues Read More

May 2020 – Coping with Loss & Grief and COVID19

Since the recent lock-downs, social distancing and other remote measures that have been implemented, people have been affected by it in various ways: anxiety, fear, grief, loss, even anger and irritability. For some, anxiety and fear comes up along with many difficult questions: “What will I do, now that I’ve been indefinitely laid off?” “How Read More