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Counselling Insights

Jan 12, 2023

Episode 11: Psychedelics and Counselling

Vicki and Kelly Smith discuss the growing interest and research around psychedelic-assisted counselling. Kelly describes what a typical process is like for a client at Field Trip Health where she works, and notes important considerations for when this is a safe and beneficial choice for someone. Kelly suggests ways any counsellor can increase their knowledge and support clients who might be curious about psychedelics. Read More

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About the Host

In addition to her role as CTRI’s Clinical Director, Vicki has a private practise where she specializes in the area of trauma healing for individuals, couples, and families. She holds a Master of Marriage and Family Therapy degree, and is an Approved Supervisor with AAMFT and CAMFT. Vicki is also the editor and a contributing author of two CTRI books: Counselling Insights and Counselling in Relationships.
Vicki Enns
CTRI Clinical Director, MMFT, RMFT
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Jan 12, 2023

Episode 11: Psychedelics and Counselling

Vicki and Kelly Smith discuss the growing interest and research around psychedelic-assisted counselling. Kelly describes what a typical process is like for a client at Field Trip Health where she works, and notes important considerations for when this is a safe and beneficial choice for someone. Kelly suggests ways any counsellor can increase their knowledge and support clients who might be curious about psychedelics. Read More
Dec 08, 2022

Episode 10: Journaling for Client and Counsellor Wellness 

Vicki and International Association of Journal Writing Director Lynda Monk discuss the power of journaling both in a personal reflective practice and as a counselling resource. Lynda describes helpful structured steps for therapeutic journaling, as well as a range of ways to start journaling for burnout prevention and overall wellness. She also shares several helpful resources for people to get started, as well as an opportunity to access a free gift. Find her book, Life Source Writing, here. Read More
Nov 10, 2022

Episode 9: Using Photovoice in Counselling

Vicki explores the use of photovoice as a counselling technique with Briar Shulz, who describes five accessible ways to use photos and images in the counselling process. They unpack the importance of being cautious with this counselling technique because of the powerful ways images can facilitate a deepening of insight and expression. Briar also shares training suggestions for photovoice and her current passion for crafts. Read More
Oct 13, 2022

Episode 8: A Multicultural Approach to Mental Health

Vicki has a conversation with Krystel Salandanan, PsyD. They explore what a multicultural view of depression may look like and consider the example of “smiling depression.” Vicki and Krystel also discuss the role of the DSM and how it needs to be always evolving to be relevant. And Krystel offers guidelines for any counsellor to increase their capacity for a multicultural approach to understanding mental health. Read More
Sep 08, 2022

Episode 7: Blending Western and Indigenous Counselling

Vicki interviews elder, Louise McKay. They explore blending Western clinical counselling approaches with traditional Indigenous practices. Louise describes learning to listen differently, allowing oneself to be led by Spirit, embodying gifts we may not even know we have. And Louise offers suggestions for any counsellor to become more inclusive of an Indigenous worldview, embodying reconciliation.  … Read More
Aug 12, 2022

Episode 6: Experiencing More of the Positive

Vicki interviews counsellor and trainer, Galya Chatterton. Together they explore the powerful impact of experiential work, and the importance of using presence to deepen therapy work while spending more time in positive experiences. Galya also gives helpful illustrations of slowing down to support unconscious emotions and beliefs to come into awareness, and we learn how skydiving helped shape her counselling approach. Read More
Jul 08, 2022

Episode 5: Decolonizing Mental Health

Vicki interviews Noela Crowe-Salazar – trainer, counsellor, author, and Kookum. They explore Noela’s life long learning for balancing Western mental health concepts alongside Indigenous teachings and views. Noela gives practical suggestions for decolonizing thinking and approaches in counselling. And together they reflect on the importance of conversation and relationship. Read More
Jun 20, 2022

Episode 4: Sexuality, Culture, and Identity

Vicki interviews counsellor, author, and trainer, Dr. Reece Malone. They discuss how sexual health contributes to overall mental health and how it links to one’s broader identity. Reece encourages all counsellors to consider the intersection between culture and sexuality, and to maintain an attitude of curiosity about life by continuing to ask, “Why?”… Read More
May 12, 2022

Episode 3: Asking Great Questions

Vicki interviews counsellor and trainer, John Koop Harder. They explore how to get great questions flowing in counselling, and the central role values play in shaping counselling practices. John describes his shift in perspective to see the relationship with problems as the real problem in people’s lives. And he connects the dots among his grandparents’ influence, his role as a father, and the importance of creating space for men to explore masculinity in counselling. Read More
Apr 08, 2022

Episode 2: The Power of Play

Vicki explores play therapy and supporting children with Tanya Hoover, a Registered Social Worker and Certified Play Therapist. They talk about the importance of being real in the counselling room, and the need for counsellors to connect with their own vulnerability. Tanya discusses her passion for attachment and emotional connection as foundations for supporting both children and the adults in their lives. Also explored is Tanya’s new children’s book, The Helping Rock, along with the supplemental guidebook. Read More
Mar 11, 2022

Episode 1: Befriending Imposter Syndrome

Vicki interviews Marwa Fadol, a Registered Psychologist and trainer with CTRI. Vicki and Marwa explore Marwa’s journey into counselling, including her journey from refugee to psychologist, and the recurring theme of the importance of connection and relationship. Marwa discusses her key counselling insights, her evolving relationship with Imposter Syndrome, and the importance of joy and music to her wellness. Also highlighted is their upcoming 2023 book on Wellness and Resilience for Helpers. Read More
Feb 04, 2022

Episode 0: Welcome to Counselling Insights

In this short episode, host Vicki Enns previews what this podcast is about and what you can expect for future episodes. Read More
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