Counseling 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.

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


“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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About the Authors

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, Michelle Gibson, John Koop Harder, Trish Harper, Tricia Klassen, Amber McKenzie.