Chris Rensch, MA RCC

Child and Trauma Therapist

Exciting new partnership

I’m extremely excited to let you know that I have entered a partnership with Novo Counselling Collective.  

The Novo Counselling Collective is a partnership among therapists who are committed to serving the mental wellness needs of our local community. We are dedicated to providing quality counselling and consulting services to individuals, couples, families, and groups.

One of the biggest changes that comes with that is the new office location.  They are located in the Fort Professional Building in Unit #101 on the ground floor.

I’m excited to be working alongside like minded counsellors to provide even better services for you and your family. The two rooms are beautifully furnished and big enough to hold your whole family (including extended if you want 🙂In Partnership with the Novo Counselling Collective

 

 

Launch of new Booking Site

PortraitI have finally moved into the more ‘automated era’. Which means that now you can book and manage your appointments by yourself online… That is if you want to. If you still rather prefer that human contact (via phone, text, or email) then by all means, do so.

Here is the link to the new booking site

You can create an account so that you don’t have to retype your info every time you make an appointment

Also, there’s an option for new clients. This adds a little form for some more intake information. That way we have more time in our first session to talk and not do paper work 🙂

Looking forward hearing your feedback about this.

Chris

Anxiety – Friend or Enemy or both?

I came across this blog on psychcentral.com and was quite intrigued.  If anxiety is part of your life, give it a read

Often we look at anxiety with thoughts like “It’s overpowering my life”, or “Why are you here, just go already”, or “$%#%$****$%$”.

The author of this blog puts a little bit of a different spin on it. She describes anxiety like this:

You aren’t my enemy. You are the leash keeping the puppy from running into the road even though the puppy gets frustrated.

She sees anxiety as a sort of gauge of her life’s resources. Usually, anxiety comes when we’re not doing well and are ‘down and out’. Maybe anxiety can be more of an indicator rather than a tread.

Either case, often times handling anxiety by yourself doesn’t really work all to well.. So make sure you have people surrounding yourself and you practice self-care lots.

Give me a shout if you wanna talk.

Chris

What’s your child’s self-control like?

I came across this blog post  from attachmentparenting.org and found there were a few helpful hints in there about teaching self-control in our kids.  If you want your child to have more self-control, they say, you need to teach them self-validation. But it’s a bit of a catch 22 for some of us parents; if our children are acting out, teaching self-validation is usually not the first thing on our minds. Let me summarize some of the post’s main pointers to help you help your kids:

  • Self-validation is the foundation for self-control. Without self-validation, self-control will be extremely difficult to attain.
  • It’s we – the parents – who largely determine how a child comes to validate him- or herself“.
  • Find out why they’re acting out. Try to look for you child’s needs underneath all the ‘acting out’ and find out why he/she’s ‘acting out’.
    • They might be under- or over-stimulated and might need time by themselves or some gross-motor activities to get their energy out.
    • “We must meet him ‘where he’s at’ and start there”.
  • Fight this usually true situation: “We do not see our children, so we do not listen to our children and then we try to put them under our thumb”.
    • Listen to what they say, with words or otherwise

Raising kids is hard, especially when you have determined ones. We as parents need to make sure that we listen to them, find out what their needs are and why they might be acting out, and then find acceptable solutions to meet their needs in a healthier way.

 

Video game violence might effect kids after all. New Research

New research seems to indicate that violent video games might effect kid’s aggressive behaviour after all. What’s really interesting and important to keep in mind is that there is a correlation, but we don’t know which kids are more susceptible… So CBC is recommending to closely monitor kids’ video game behaviour and real life behaviour

CBC report on video game violence

Great Opportunity. Two sliding scale spots available Fridays

Great News,

I’m pleased to offer two sliding scale spots for therapy on Friday afternoons. Give me a call and we can talk about the details. I’m sure we can find a number that fits your budget.

Assistance for Crime Victims

Hello!

I have some more news. I am now registered as a Crime Victim Counsellor.

What does this mean for you? If you’ve been involved in a crime and the RCMP has reports, there is a high likelihood that your counselling would be paid for by the Crime Victim Assistance Program.
There are a few forms to fill out but that’s rather harmless and I can help you with that.

Let me know if you have any questions about this and we can work on it together.

~ Chris

Sliding scale spots available on Wednesdays

Great News,

I currently have 2 sliding scale spots open for those who can’t afford the standard counselling fee.  Appointments are Wednesdays and we would meet at Fraser River Counselling Centre (on TWU’s campus)

Just give me a call (778-245-2608) or email (chris@chrisrensch.com) and we can set this up for you

Looking forward to hear from you.

 

Chris

Wishing you a happy New Year

Best wishes for 2016

Christmas Hours and Christmas Coping

Dear Clients,

Christmas time can be an unusually busy time and it can be an unusually emotional time. All of us have different ways to cope with the stress that might be attached with this season.

The Mayo Clinic offers 10 strategies to help you cope with this season:

    1. Acknowledge your feelings.
    2. Reach out.
    3. Be realistic.
    4. Set aside differences.
    5. Stick to a budget.
    6. Plan ahead.
    7. Learn to say no.
    8. Don’t abandon healthy habits.
    9. Take a breather.
    10. Seek professional help if you need it.

If you need to prepare yourself for the Christmas days, please give me a call as soon as possible. I suggest to book appointments in the next few days, since I won’t be able to offer appointments over the Christmas break.

If for some reason you find yourself in a situation you need somebody to talk to, you can always give the Vancouver Crisis Line a call at  1-800-784-2433

I will be unavailable from December 24th to December 31st. I will be back in the office January 1st onwards

With the best wishes for this Holiday season, and as always, contact me with any concerns and/or questions you might have