Responses, Effects, and How We View Emotions

It’s no secret that I’m a firm believer in the idea that the way we talk about things matters.  There are plenty of equally valid reasons as to why that is, but from my perspective as a therapist, I’m interested in how our words inform how we understand our experiences, which in turn inform our … Continued

About Will Bratt

Will Bratt is a counsellor in Victoria, BC, specializing in therapy for trauma and interpersonal violence. He is passionate about addressing stigma through depathologizing human suffering. In addition to writing for Healthy Minds Canada, he runs his own blog on his website, Will Bratt Counselling. You can connect with Will through Facebook, Twitter, Google+, and LinkedIn.


Using Gratitude to Counter Anxiety

Anxiety is an emotion that we can experience for a whole host of reasons.  Often it’s in anticipation of something bad happening which we fear we may be unequipped to handle.  As often happens in my counselling work, I was recently reminded of a particularly common kind of anxiety, which I too experience from time to … Continued

About Will Bratt

Will Bratt is a counsellor in Victoria, BC, specializing in therapy for trauma and interpersonal violence. He is passionate about addressing stigma through depathologizing human suffering. In addition to writing for Healthy Minds Canada, he runs his own blog on his website, Will Bratt Counselling. You can connect with Will through Facebook, Twitter, Google+, and LinkedIn.


Re-Storying Self-Sabotage

Regardless of whether or not you have a mental health diagnosis, making meaningful changes in our lives can feel extremely daunting.  Sometimes big changes require us to step outside of our safety zones and into challenge zones that feel unfamiliar, uncomfortable, and even unsafe.  This can be especially true for those of us with experiences … Continued

About Will Bratt

Will Bratt is a counsellor in Victoria, BC, specializing in therapy for trauma and interpersonal violence. He is passionate about addressing stigma through depathologizing human suffering. In addition to writing for Healthy Minds Canada, he runs his own blog on his website, Will Bratt Counselling. You can connect with Will through Facebook, Twitter, Google+, and LinkedIn.


An Up Close and Personal Look at Boundaries

As a counselor, I have more than my fair share of conversations about boundaries.  When folks talk about boundaries, they’re often referring to the notion that in order for people to live happy and healthy lives, they need to assert their preferences and limitations to others in clear and direct ways.  Depending on your cultural … Continued

About Will Bratt

Will Bratt is a counsellor in Victoria, BC, specializing in therapy for trauma and interpersonal violence. He is passionate about addressing stigma through depathologizing human suffering. In addition to writing for Healthy Minds Canada, he runs his own blog on his website, Will Bratt Counselling. You can connect with Will through Facebook, Twitter, Google+, and LinkedIn.


Finding Resistance in Unlikely Places

When bad stuff happens, we resist. We do things to create safety for ourselves and others, uphold our dignity, and mitigate the possibility of experiencing more adversity in the future. This is a simple and incredibly vital aspect of our humanity. When I talk about adversity in general, I include anything that we experience as … Continued

About Will Bratt

Will Bratt is a counsellor in Victoria, BC, specializing in therapy for trauma and interpersonal violence. He is passionate about addressing stigma through depathologizing human suffering. In addition to writing for Healthy Minds Canada, he runs his own blog on his website, Will Bratt Counselling. You can connect with Will through Facebook, Twitter, Google+, and LinkedIn.


An Up-Close Look at Social Exclusion Anxiety

I recently wrote a post on how the idea of people being “normal” can actually serve to alienate folks who fit outside of its parameters – particularly those with mental health diagnoses.  For many, the experience of exclusion amplifies or compounds the distress they were already feeling.  This is clear in all sorts of literature: … Continued

About Will Bratt

Will Bratt is a counsellor in Victoria, BC, specializing in therapy for trauma and interpersonal violence. He is passionate about addressing stigma through depathologizing human suffering. In addition to writing for Healthy Minds Canada, he runs his own blog on his website, Will Bratt Counselling. You can connect with Will through Facebook, Twitter, Google+, and LinkedIn.


Anxiety and “Measuring Up”

As a therapist, I have conversations with people about anxiety several times a day.  It’s a word that’s become synonymous with a whole range of emotional experiences, from worry, to fear, to nervousness, to a general sense of unease, and beyond. No matter the context or variety, there tends to be a common element of negative anticipation, … Continued

About Will Bratt

Will Bratt is a counsellor in Victoria, BC, specializing in therapy for trauma and interpersonal violence. He is passionate about addressing stigma through depathologizing human suffering. In addition to writing for Healthy Minds Canada, he runs his own blog on his website, Will Bratt Counselling. You can connect with Will through Facebook, Twitter, Google+, and LinkedIn.


Alternatives to “Normal” When Talking Mental Health

Have you ever come up against the feeling of not being “normal”?  This can be a really distressing possibility for people to sit with.  A lot of folks I see as a counsellor come in under the premise of wanting to be “normal”.  There’s often a real sense that their position outside of the margins … Continued

About Will Bratt

Will Bratt is a counsellor in Victoria, BC, specializing in therapy for trauma and interpersonal violence. He is passionate about addressing stigma through depathologizing human suffering. In addition to writing for Healthy Minds Canada, he runs his own blog on his website, Will Bratt Counselling. You can connect with Will through Facebook, Twitter, Google+, and LinkedIn.


Rethinking Perfectionism

About 20-30% of the folks I see in therapy bring a common narrative into our conversations. It comes into the counselling room through statements like “I never feel satisfied with my efforts”, “It feels like nothing I do is ever good enough”, and “I don’t feel like I measure up”.  They share an implicit sense … Continued

About Will Bratt

Will Bratt is a counsellor in Victoria, BC, specializing in therapy for trauma and interpersonal violence. He is passionate about addressing stigma through depathologizing human suffering. In addition to writing for Healthy Minds Canada, he runs his own blog on his website, Will Bratt Counselling. You can connect with Will through Facebook, Twitter, Google+, and LinkedIn.


The Social Antidepressant

In my work as a counsellor in Victoria, BC, I talk to a lot of people about depression.  Although I specialize in trauma therapy, most of the folks who contact me do so because they want to feel happier (less depressed), or more at ease (less anxious).  There are, of course, clear connections between trauma, depression, and … Continued

About Will Bratt

Will Bratt is a counsellor in Victoria, BC, specializing in therapy for trauma and interpersonal violence. He is passionate about addressing stigma through depathologizing human suffering. In addition to writing for Healthy Minds Canada, he runs his own blog on his website, Will Bratt Counselling. You can connect with Will through Facebook, Twitter, Google+, and LinkedIn.