Thoughts on being a therapist

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The magnitude of this work is not lost on me. Four and a half years after beginning as a therapist I still find myself utterly awed at the courage and tenacity of the folks who plunk down on the couch and whisper words that have never made it outside their heads or hearts.  55 months …

Doin’ it right

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“There’s no cracks in the outside foundation,” they said. “Well, if it was the window leaking, it would be running down the drywall…and it’s not, so it’s not the window,” they said. “It doesn’t seem like there is a standing water issue outside by the building,” they said. It was almost like they were trying …

Poster of one man helping another over the wall..."We don't have to do it alone. We were never meant to" Brene Brown quote

A letter to a potential client: Yep, therapy is hard

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Dear Potential Client: As a person contemplating entering counselling, I feel like there are a few things you need to know.  A lot more people have considered counselling than have actually made an appointment.  So…a lot of people wonder about making an appointment, maybe even want to make an appointment…but don’t. I just wanna make …

Introducing Heather and Lindsey

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I love my job, for multiple reasons…the well appointed offices, the smooth systems we’ve now got running like a well oiled machine, the clients who bravely show up to tell their stories ready to wrestle with new insights and move forward with courage.    We are all far from perfect, but we show up anyway …

Our therapists–real and in full colour

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I love where I work…one important reason is that I get to work alongside some of my favourite people.  I’m not being polite when I say that–the therapists and admin staff at our offices are some of the most amazing people I know.  They are compassionate, supportive and respectful of our clients–absolutely–but what is absolutely …

Waiting Room Book now available

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Therapist-friends of mine recently asked me to make copies of the book, “Is there still time to run?” available for purchase. To my surprise and utter delight, they loved the gentle, comforting brief words on the pages.   validating a client’s courage in attending therapy normalizing apprehension and uncertainty educating them about the process of …

Lessons from a Bathtub Drain

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I took a shower today, and with immense satisfaction noted that immediately after I turned the water off, the tub was glisteningly empty. Normally, that’s not something that most people take great pride in. But I have reason to be proud. I have long hair. (These next couple of paragraphs may not be for the …

Grab a ladder: Empathy vs. Sympathy

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Lovin’ this new video from Brené Brown…for a little primer on the difference between empathy and sympathy take a peek! It’s good to know the difference…it’s good to know that empathy enhances connection, and sympathy creates distance.  It’s good to have a couple of “good to go” empathic lines, for times when you just don’t …

More Great Therapists!

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Therapy isn’t easy to attend.  It is important for therapists to know how much courage it takes to attend therapy, and to honour that courage with providing the best therapy they are able to provide. At Bergen and Associates Counselling, I’m incredibly proud of our team of therapists.  They do an amazing job.  We care …