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Over the past year I have had the fortune of providing counselling service to clients through B.C.’s First Nations Health Authority or FNHA. These specific services include counselling for residential school survivors and their families. I also support those who have...
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The more I work with clients, the more that I realize that I am often striving a balance between understanding one’s inner speech and their ability to be present. To be more specific; it is important to increase your cognitive...
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Well, it has been awhile since I last wrote a post and I felt it was time to get back to writing. A lot has happened since I my last entry back in March, 2016. I am in my 5th...
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Well I am at a blog posting milestone. It took me parts of 4 years of writing but this post will my 200th on my website www.shawnmcnabbcounselling.com.  It has been quite a journey both professionally and personally to continue to shape my...
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Over the 20 + years I have been mediating conflicts I have found my most difficult work has been when working with 13 and 14 year old girls. The level of their conflict has been deeply rooted due to many...
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A Solution Focused Therapy approached can be very helpful especially when one is attempting to find a focus in counselling. I have found it very helpful when supporting individuals or couples when they lack a direction on what they want...
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You might hear mindfulness in terms as the new buzz word in the counselling field. There are many definitions out there and its origins date back to earliest Buddhist history. To be mindful is to really be aware of your...
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As we continue to discover new and helpful approaches to deal with such issues as depression, suicide, and complex disorders including Borderline Personality Disorder; it’s refreshing to find a behaviour therapy perspective such as Dialectical Behavior Therapy or (DBT).  This...
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It is often said that parenting is one of the few things that we become without needing a licence, and needing to completing training.  Our children certainly didn’t come with a manual. If a manual was every needed it would...
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So often I have been approached by couples wanting to change their partners. They so badly just want their ‘other half’ to just get it. That is try to see the issue their way. Typically when there are issues in...
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I just attended a ‘celebration of life’ of a fellow parent today. It was a dilemma for my children whether they should attend the service or not. I tried to explain to them that just by showing up it could...
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These past couple of years we had another long weekend added. It was placed between January and spring break, which many agree is a great time to take a break. Other provinces also celebrate in different ways. For example Manitoba...
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