While working in a correctional centre in 1972, I was assigned three inmates to counsel. Having had no training, experience or even inclination in that pursuit, I was at somewhat of a loss as to how to go about it. Instinctively, I asked them what life was like when they were boys. I was astonished when each of them told a variation of my story – a sense of abandonment, lack of direction, haunting loneliness, burning resentments, and a dependence on alcohol to deal with life’s problems.
That event led to a change in attitude towards inmates, set in motion the steps I would take to put my life in order, and sent me back to school to learn the skills I would need to truly become a counsellor. I went on to become a Charter Member of the British Columbia Association of Clinical Counsellors and have had the opportunity to help many people deal with the crises in their lives.
A common thread became apparent, regardless of the type of counselling that I was doing. Low self-esteem, lack of confidence and poor communication skills seemed to be the common denominator. Now retired from counselling, I now depend on my speaking skills and my writing abilities to continue to reach out to others.
It is to that end that this website is dedicated.
“The quality of our life is determined by how effectively we learn to communicate – with others, with ourselves and with the God of our understanding.”
~ Haddy Abra
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