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We understand finding resources for mental health and recovery can be difficult. We work hard to provide a variety of resources and to keep this database current and ever-growing. All of the resources you see here have been checked out by our team and meet our standards for approval.
For areas where we can’t provide everyavailable resource, vouch for legitimacy or efficacy, or where relevance may be more personal (such as finding a therapist or treatment centre), we provide tips and tools to better equip you to find what you are looking for and discover what will work best for you.
Note: We are not a 24-hour helpline, nor are we trained mental health professionals. Instead, we offer support through our writing and provide further resources when they are needed.
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The Libero Community Facebook group is a safe, moderated, and positive place to connect with other members of the Libero Community and discuss Libero articles and topics related to mental health.
Searching on Google can be complicated and difficult. Sometimes it’s hard to know which keywords to use or how to state what you are looking for. We’ve provided some tips and sample searches below to make the process a little easier.
AND: results must include both words on either side
OR: results must include at least one word on either side
-word: results should not include the word following the “-” dash
“[words]”: full phrase within quotation marks must be included in results
-“words”: full phrase within quotation marks must not be included in results
“eating disorder” AND therapist AND Vancouver
recovery AND “support group” AND Seattle OR Bellingham
anxiety AND “support group” AND “British Columbia” -Vancouver -Coquitlam
“Intuitive eating” AND “eating disorder recovery”
“overcoming emotional abuse” -physical -sexual AND book
depression AND books -fiction -“The Happiness Trap”
Finding a therapist who’s right for You
Finding a therapist who is right for you is an important and very personal decision that can sometimes feel overwhelming. Because everyone is different, there is no “one size fits all” when it comes to therapies or therapists. When faced with difficult life situations, often the last thing you want to do is “shop around” for the right fit, but taking the time to do it can save you money, time, and potential harm.
Here is a short checklist to go through that should help you find the right therapist for you:
Ask for recommendations
Double check their credentials
Know their experience with the particular issues you are facing
Trust your instincts (if it doesn’t “feel right” listen to yourself)
Be willing to travel, but don’t commit to a travel distance you cannot maintain
Cheaper isn’t always better. Counselling can be pricey, but there are often subsidized payment options. Look into insurance coverage, student rates, internship programs, and other reasons for discounted rates.
Some questions to consider:
Does the counsellor try to foster independence or dependence?
Do they offer support groups with other patients outside of regular counselling sessions?
Does the counsellor have a flexible schedule? Or will you need to adjust your life to fit theirs?
Is your counsellor open to feedback? It is important that you feel comfortable to address him/her openly without reservation.
Does it feel right? Do you feel like you can open up to this person?
Remember: Having one session is not a commitment. Try out a few different places; find one that works for you!
Downloadable Worksheets + Resources
The following resources are available for download. All links either lead to external sites with documents available for download or to a direct download. The content within these resources is not created by Libero Network unless specified otherwise, and the proper citation should be found in the footer of each if the author(s) included it.
[click images to find out more + purchase on Amazon]
Healthy At Every Size + Body Positivity
For professionals (such as Dieticians + Nutritionists):
Overcoming Emotional + Verbal Abuse
Recovery + Faith
Note: All of the books above have been recommended by members of the Libero Network team or community and are not sponsored or part of an affiliation agreement. However, these are Amazon Affiliate links. This means Amazon pays us a small commission for any sales made from these links. It is important to us that you are aware we have full control over which links we share; they are not provided to us by Amazon. Any commission we receive goes towards supporting our efforts as a nonprofit organization.