Pine Tree Counselling
Trudi Jane Wyatt, MA, CT, CCC
Counselling services for individual men and women in Calgary, Alberta.
350 7 Ave SW, Calgary, T2P3N9
I was moved reading a recent article on the CTV News Calgary app, “Alberta dad inked with tattoo in solidarity with 8-year-old son”, about a dad who noticed that his son felt self-conscious about a large birthmark, such as when going swimming, so he “decided to do something to show his son that having a mark on your body is okay.” (1) I was going to “tweet” this, but coincidentally, this article was posted the same day I virtually attended The 2020 Canadian National Men’s Issues Conference (2), which discussed many topics including positive masculinity and the importance of male role models for male youths, so I decided to create a post about both. The conference as usual was excellent overall (it’s annual). Speakers were from different fields. Some of my key take-away ideas for my work included the following reminders and new ideas (that I thought in many cases need not only apply to working with men):
Finally, please note, the conference seemed to suggest that a lot of counselling is done with a “feminist” perspective. I don’t know the stats on this, so it could be the case. I do know though that for example that in my Master’s program in Counselling Psychology, and in the certification I did in Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (“CBT”), feminism was not a dominant theme.
If you are seeking counselling for the types of issues listed on my website, please feel free to contact me for more information or to book an appointment. For other issues and therapist options, be aware that they will most likely be amenable to any questions you might have about what approach or approaches guide their work, as “fit” with a therapist is often very important in the therapy process.
Note that this post is neither counselling nor counselling therapy. If you need these services, please contact me or another professional. If you require the services of a medical doctor, psychologist, or social worker, please contact one. If urgent support is needed, calling Calgary Distress Centre at 403.266.4357 is an option (or your local distress hotline). For emergencies, consider calling 911 or going to your local Emergency Room. This page is for information only, is not advice of any kind (including it is not legal advice), and implies neither an intent to provide professional services to readers nor that a professional relationship has been established with readers. Current adult residents of the Canadian province of Alberta are the only intended audience of this page.
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