The benefits of reflective practice

Reflective practice helps us stay connected to our lives, our emotions, and our experiences. It helps us balance the imbalance of hyper-busyness that we have come to equate with productivity and success. Reflective practice (and it does require practice!) is key to deepening our awareness, gaining perspective, being emotionally attuned and flexible, and building our […]

The increasing desire for fulfilling work

As a career counsellor, I have witnessed the increasing desire for fulfilling work amongst my clients. Fulfillment is at the top of the “want” list for those experiencing career transitions, for those re-assessing their relationship with their current work roles, for those who are experiencing and navigating work-related stress and burnout, or for those in […]

Answering your questions about Career Counselling

Career counsellors bring a wealth of diverse expertise and experience to the field. Selecting a career counsellor to work with is a very personal choice and it should be the right fit for you and the areas of your career you want to explore and/or work on. I wanted to respond to some of your […]

Returning to work after burnout

When I work with clients who have experienced burnout and have taken time away from work for self-care or to seek help and/or support, they often have mixed feelings about returning to work. Whether a client is returning to the same workplace or has decided to embark on a career transition, these feelings can include […]

Motivation

I am frequently asked, “how can I stay motivated through different career stages”? While we may desire a formula for maintaining a consistent level of motivation for our work, we are human, and motivation fluctuates naturally. I would therefore reframe that question with three others, “how can I become more aware of the fluctuations in […]

Acknowledging Our Burnout

We all identify with certain narratives and expectations about work, career, and our own professionalism. These narratives and expectations are both personally created and culturally constructed; very often they are a blending of both. Burnout can, therefore, feel incongruent with how we identify as a professional, with the expectations we have of ourselves and how […]

Experiencing Burnout

Think about your own experiences of stress, possibly of burnout. What stands out for you – physically, emotionally, cognitively, relationally? Think about your place of work, and the work you do. What are some of the prominent expectations and attitudes? How is the work environment structured? Leadership? Relationships amongst colleagues? How familiar do the following […]

Movement and Change

As a career counsellor I work with movement and change. I work with the life-long relationship we have with work and career; that often means helping clients to re-evaluate and re-define this relationship, to explore the meaning work currently holds for them, to see how their skills, expertise, and perspectives have evolved, and to imagine what they […]

Acceptance

Acceptance, as a topic and as an experience, is always present in my work: how to comfortably accept a sudden job loss, how to accept a necessary career transition, how to acknowledge and accept that we are experiencing unmanageable stress or burnout, how to accept that we feel stuck and cannot decide which career path […]