Counselling Insights

Practical Strategies for Helping Others with Anxiety, Trauma, Grief, and More


As helpers, caregivers, and counsellors, there are times when we need support to be able to help the people we are working with. Hearing from others in similar roles is a key way of finding inspiration and guidance.

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Authors: Vicki Enns

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This book offers practical strategies for supporting people of all ages who have a variety of issues, whether psychological (anxiety, trauma, depression), based on life circumstances (loss and grief, oppressive societal attitudes), or due to harmful ways of coping with these or other life stressors (self-injury, substance use, suicidality).

Each chapter begins with an examination of a different psychological issue or situation. Case examples of both youth and adults are included for each topic to illustrate both the impact of the issue and the helping process. Authors share insights they have gained from research, counselling experiences, and the unique wisdom of the people they have encountered.

This book is written not only for clinical counsellors, but also for the multitude of frontline helpers who work to support those seeking help and guidance. It is a resource for anyone who identifies as a care provider, including those in the social service, health, education, spiritual care, and social work roles.

Topics Include:

  • Developmental Trauma
  • Situational Trauma
  • Anxiety
  • Depression
  • Self-Injury
  • Suicidality
  • Substance Use
  • LGBT2SQ+ Centered Approaches
  • Grief

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Authors: Vicki Enns

Counselling Insights is edited by CTRI’s Clinical Director, Vicki Enns, and written in collaboration with eight of CTRI’s trainers.

Contributing Authors: Marion Brown, AnnMarie Churchill, Sheri Coburn, Vicki Enns, Michelle Gibson, John Koop Harder, Trish Harper, Tricia Klassen, Amber McKenzie.

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"This is a practical, easy to read book for people who are in helping roles. I appreciate that the strategies are linked to the case examples throughout each chapter, particularly as the writers work through the presenting issues with the clients and the reader witnesses their progressions of change."
Lise Brown
Social Worker, Momenta
"This book does a wonderful job at providing helpful and practical strategies that I can use when working with students who are struggling with a variety of issues."
Jonathan Classen
School Guidance Counsellor, Champlain School
"Counselling Insights is a great read for anyone in a helping role. The strategies given are extremely relevant, clearly explained, and concise."
Kendra Monk
Teen Clinic Counsellor, NorWest Co-op Community Health
"As a mental health program supervisor, I am always looking for good resource materials to share with my staff. CTRI has once again produced an invaluable resource for frontline workers."
Peter Kakepetum Schultz
Mental Health Supervisor, Keewaytinook Okimakanak
"Counselling Insights is a great resource that offers real-life stories and very practical strategies. I particularly appreciate the variety of approaches for helping others that are presented."
Patrick Parent
Director, Real People Foster and Family Services
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