What is Resilient Counselling?

Counselling can be considered a collaborative partnership that one engages in with a trained professional in order to establish goals to pursue particular changes in one’s life. As well one may desire to improve one’s personal relationship, or to address social/emotional issues, or seek support around coping with the demands of one’s life.


How Will Resilient Counselling Help Me?

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The counselling process allows the individual to improve upon or to increase their understanding of themselves, including their patterns of thoughts, behaviours, feelings/emotions and the ways in which these impacts their challenges.  Additionally counselling allows the individual to access already existing resources and strengths and to develop new ones that allow for optimal living and addressing of presenting challenges

Counselling Terms


Fear of abandonment is a type of anxiety that some people go through when faced with the possibility of losing a loved one or someone they care about.  Individuals with abandonment issues live in fear of these losses and may even push people away to avoid another loss. Overtime abandonment behaviours can ruin established relationships or prevent the development of healthy ones. Click Here to learn more. 


Anger is related to the “Fight, Flight or Freeze” response of the sympathetic nervous system; essentially it prepares humans to fight. Individuals who are quick to anger can undermine their relationships and deteriorate their bodies in the long term.  Suppressed and prolonged anger can easily destroy the neurons in the brain associated with judgment, short term memory and also weaken the immune system.  Anger can become problematic when the severity interferes with relationships, work performance, legal issues or mental health. Click here to learn more


Addiction is a condition in which a person participates and engages in activity, substances or behaviour that provide the individual with a strong incentive; strong enough that despite the person will continue to engage in the activity despite how bad it is for their mental or physical health. For example, addiction may involve the use of drugs such as alcohol or cocaine and behaviours such as gambling.  It is important to note that the brain changes that support addiction are reversible once the substance use or behaviour is discontinued. Click here to learn more

Attachment Issues (RAD)

Reactive Attachment Disorder is a condition where your child is unable to establish a healthy connection and attachment with you, their parent or primary caretaker.  This can lead to difficulty connecting with others and managing emotions.  These things can then result in a lack of trust and self worth, fear of getting close to anyone and the need to always be in control.  A child exhibiting these behaviours usually feels unsafe and alone. Click here to learn more


Anxiety encompasses feelings of worry, nervousness or dread.  Constant persistent anxiety that disrupts ones life at school, work or your social life can definitely be marked as a possible anxiety disorder. People suffering from anxiety may feel restless, on edge and irritable.  Individuals may have a difficult time concentrating, controlling emotions and worry to an intense and excessive degree.  For more info on anxiety click here.


Depression is not just a passing blue mood, which everyone has experiences from time to time; rather it is a complex mind and body illness that interferes with everyday functioning.  Depression darkens one’s outlook on life as well as decreases energy levels and appetite.  It alters the structure and function of nerve cells so that it disrupts the way the brain processes information and interprets experiences.  Depression also disables motivation and tends to come in episodes. Contrary to some beliefs depression is NOT a sign of personal weakness nor can it be wished or willed away, however despite the feelings of hopelessness and worthlessness depression is definitely a very treatable condition. 


There are several components of grief/loss and they may present themselves differently depending on the circumstances.  Separation Distress, which is a collection of feelings of anxiety, helplessness, pain sadness and loneliness.  Traumatic Distress, which include disbelief and shock. The third component is composed of guilt, remorse and regret, and lastly grief may also likely be accompanied with social withdrawal.  Additionally it is not uncommon for individuals to experience depression like symptoms when going through grief such as; loss of appetite, low energy, disruptions during sleep irritability and depressed mood swings.  To learn more about the signs of grief click here

Self Esteem

Confidence in one’s value of themselves is a very important psychological resource and is usually a highly positive factor in life.  Strong confidence and self esteem is connected with achievement, solid relationships and satisfaction. On the other hand possessing little self regard or low self esteem can result in depression, fall short of potential or it can enable yourself to tolerate abusive relationships and situations.  Click here to learn more about whether you have signs of a healthy self esteem.


Stress generally has two components; the psychological perception of pressure and the body’s response to that pressure.  Stress reaction is meant to solve short term, long term life saving problems. Therefore prolonged or repeated arousal of a stress response can be damaging long term and cause physical and psychological consequences including heart disease, diabetes, anxiety and even depression.  Chronic stress can occur in response to everyday stressors that are ignored or poorly managed, which is why it is important to manage stresses properly and effectively.  Click here to learn more about the dangers of poorly managed stress 

If you are interested in effectively combating and/or preventing any of the vices listed above, or if you require mental health support please do not hesitate to CONTACT us. We are an organization that truly cares about your growth and well being. 

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