Tagged: Registered Nurse

Life Lessons from the Electronic World


Getting Ready to Roll!

There is so much to consider when starting a blog.  At the very least, I know that my blog contents will include various mental health topics such as:  ideas for wellness activities, information on mental illnesses, professional inspirations, and lessons learned from volunteer experiences.  I hope to get my first post of this nature completed within the next few months.  In some ways, the content is easy.  It comes much more naturally for me.  But there are formalities to consider before I get further into content…

My “disclaimer”:  In keeping with Standards of Registered Nursing Practice, Gail reserves the right to change details in order to protect the identity of clients – confidentiality will be maintained unless specific permission/consent is granted to release information by the specific individual or agency.  As an RN, she would also like to remind people that health care information posted on the internet is subject to both reader & author interpretation.  Thus the content by any author posted on the Kermode Counselling Services website is not intended, nor should be used, as a substitute for appropriate medical/health professional attention.

My thoughts on “intellectual property” & related items:  Gail strives to ensure that proper credit is given to the appropriate source for information, statistics, or concepts/ideas.  She appreciates & wants to honour the efforts that other’s put into their work.  Photos posted are either Gail’s property, or used with the permission of the photographer who will be identified if the photographer so wishes.  Organizational logos posted are done so with identity standards in mind, thus images might be re-sized, but otherwise are not altered by Gail.  Although she welcomes users of the Kermode Counselling Services site to hard copy &/or electronically store &/or electronically forward site information for personal use, and/or to share  the information with others, Gail requests that any information or idea that she has written about be properly credited to her.  This includes information on the site pages and blogs.

These formalities are so formal.  Can formal also sound friendly? – there must be a way to do both in this electronic world,  so I will keep plugging away at learning the rules of electronic etiquette and how to be effective in relaying my thoughts.

I think I’ll also write about my adventures and “mis-adventures” as I travel through the internet world.  This might include how long it takes me to figure out how to properly post disclaimers & property issues!  Or when I should be writing in first person versus second person.  How to hide codes and how to create links both remain a mystery to me.  Yes, I have so much to learn still!  Although many people say that developing your own website “is so easy these days”, I beg to differ.  I find myself submerged in a whole new world.  Like so many other things, securing the help of several professionals is may be what I need – a web designer, marketer, etc.  I guess it’s only human to stubbornly forge ahead and try to earn my very own “a-ha” moments.  That said, I’m also building my list of things I’ll ultimately need help with from those professionals.  I also know that once I secure professional help, I’ll find out that I have so many other “issues” that my site needs help on.  In my mind, these thoughts become circular and overwhelming.  Sometimes it motivates me to learn more and indeed earn those “a-ha” moments.  Other times I sit rather frozen in front of my computer.  Feeling stuck and insecure.

Which brings me back to recognizing my human desire for independence on developing this weblog.  This is simply where I am at.  Well at least for today.  So here are the choices I am making.  I am dedicated to working my way through this, knowing that it’s ok to stumble as long as I treat each of those moments as a learning opportunity.  And before I get tired of stumbling, I commit to doing honest self evaluations on a regular basis so that I will know when to get help rather than abandoning the project.  Life is kinda like that.

Hopefully, you can be as patient with me as I am trying to be with myself.

Take care & thanx for visiting – Gail

I welcome you to join me on my journey through this electronic world:

  • (office) 403-457-4036
  • (FAX) 403-457-4063
  • kermodecounselling@gmail.com

Public Education

“I just didn’t know what to say…I’m afraid to say the wrong thing so I said nothing at all” 

Gail is passionate about public education on mental health issues.  So often, people are not able to reach out to someone who they are concerned about – not because they don’t care – but because they don’t understand what’s happening, or don’t have the words to express the concerns.

Gail is an approved instructor for Mental Health First Aid Canada (MHFA) for the basic (adult) course.  She is available as an independent contractor, or as a “contract trainer” through the MHFA Canada head office.  This 12-hour, 2-day or 4-session class is based on the principles of medical first aid, but specifically for mental health issues.  MHFA Canada is an evidence based program of The Mental Health Commission of Canada, and is part of an international movement to provide public education and reduce stigma regarding mental health concerns.

  • Information is relevant for a broad range of organizations concerned about workplace wellness.
  • Anyone working with the public will potentially benefit from having MHFA skills.
  • Do you have a group of 8 or more adults, interested in learning MHFA?  Book a private course with Gail.  This service is available for businesses, human resources departments, wellness programs, private organizations/clubs, students, or groups of individuals who get together for any reason & want to expand their knowledge & skills.


“I wish there were life skills workshops available for any one just wanting to get through life a little easier…”

Early intervention and prevention of illness or injury is a fundamental belief of Registered Nurses.  There is no need to wait for crisis to develop before seeking assistance in relaxation training, improving assertiveness/relationship skills, or getting general information on coping skills.

  • Gail is an approved instructor for programs from the Changeways Clinic (Vancouver, BC).  Please see the “Therapy Services” page for more details.
  • Any of the Changeways programs can be provided in part or in full, depending on the needs of participants &/or organization.  This is ideal for “lunch and learn” talks.
  • Private sessions can be arranged for any group of 6 or more adults.

For more information, contact Gail today at:

  • (office) 403-457-4036  confidential voice mail available
  • (FAX) 403-457-4063
  • kermodecounselling@gmail.com

Therapy Services

What's Behind This Door?

Congratulations on your decision to move forward in your life journey!  The primary navigator is you, but sometimes it can be helpful to have assistance along the way.  Most often, the answers to your questions and concerns are within you.  However, over time, self doubt can erode one’s confidence in those inner resources.  Whether you have had longterm struggles in life, or have suddenly found yourself unable to cope with a crisis, psychotherapy can assist you in strengthening personal skills to make your journey more manageable.  The possible benefits vary for each person, but could include improvements in areas such as mood, self esteem, communication, relationships, or work performance.

Kermode Counselling Services are provided by Gail Mukaida RN,   who specializes in individual and group psychotherapy for adults.  She accepts referrals from Physicians & other Health Professionals for Adult Clients, and in some instances Adolescents with Parental/Guardian Consent.  As a Registered Nurse, Gail strives to maintain communication & collaboration with other professionals in the Client’s health  care team.  The Client may also refer him/herself.  This service is in good standing with the College and Association of Registered Nurses of Alberta.

Individual Psychotherapy can assist you with improvements in:

  • depression, anxiety, addictions & life crises
  • coping with unexpected changes or losses, or making personal changes
  • relationship difficulties – problems in personal relationships, conflicts at work, communication difficulties
  • Nursing related services such as medication monitoring & management; coping with holistic health issues related to chronic illness or pain; assistance navigating the health care system
Group Psychotherapy:
  • Gail is approved to facilitate groups from the Changeways Clinic (located in Vancouver, BC)
  • the Changeways Core Program is based on Cognitive-Behavioural Therapy and provides excellent skills in coping with depression.  Participant feedback suggests that these coping skills are general life skills that are  helpful for anyone.
  • the Changeways Relaxation Program is for anxiety & general stress management
  • the Changeways Assertiveness Program focuses on communication skills.  Improvement in assertive communication often helps to improve self esteem.

For more information, contact Gail today at:

  • (office) 403-457-4036  confidential voice mail available
  • (FAX) 403-457-4063
  • kermodecounselling@gmail.com