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Is Counselling necessary after Trauma?

The phone rang. It was the Counselling Centre. Could I see a woman who had just had a bad car accident in which a little girl died? The same day someone rang me to say their friends had had an armed robbery the night before and were traumatised. Should they have...

How to Help a Grieving Friend: 12 Things You Can Do

Adapted from an article by Megan Devine (Licensed clinical counsellor, writer and grief advocate) Many people truly want to help a friend or family member who is experiencing a severe loss. Words often fail us at times like these, leaving us stammering for the right...

Avoiding Boredom and Hopelessness in Old Age

Old age is not for sissies… but having a sense of humour helps. My neighbour, Joan who is 80, spends her day praying for folks and listening to tapes on books, including the Bible, recorded by the “Tape Aids for the Blind”. She is an absolute tonic and because she is...

Overcoming Depression

In 2010, I remember asking my flatmate if she thought I was depressed, and without missing a beat or hesitating she said, “Yes.” I was taken aback but somewhere within the recesses of my achy heart, I knew she was right. She then suggested that I go for...