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What to Expect at Your First Counselling Session
News Posted On Oct 01, 2021

What to Expect at Your First Counselling Session

"I am nervous, anxious, and scared to attend a therapy session. I am afraid to open up. What do I even say? Do I start the conversation?" "What if people judge me for going to therapy. People might think I am weak." "I'm terrified to feel my feelings.…

World Suicide Prevention Day: What Can You Do to Help Prevent Suicide
News Posted On Sep 10, 2021

World Suicide Prevention Day: What Can You Do to Help Prevent Suicide

Trigger warning: This content contains information about suicide. This may not be reassuring and can be triggering to some individuals. We ask you to consider leaving this platform if you think the discussion could be traumatizing to you. For immediate…

Services Available In-Person and Online
News Posted On Sep 01, 2021

Services Available In-Person and Online

We’ve heard you loud and clear - it’s great to be able to choose whether you want to access our services online or in person. That’s why:   Counselling continues to be available online, in person, and over the phone. You can just drop in for a…

4 Tips to Practicing True Self-Care
News Posted On Sep 01, 2021

4 Tips to Practicing True Self-Care

When was the last time you felt refreshed? Was it when you went for a walk? Or when you ate out with friends?  Self-care looks different for everyone, so don’t get concerned if you feel tired even after you’ve tried the tips you’ve read online.…

International Overdose Awareness Day: 6 Overdose Prevention Resources
News Posted On Aug 31, 2021

International Overdose Awareness Day: 6 Overdose Prevention Resources

August 31 is the International Overdose Awareness Day. On this day, people worldwide are encouraged to act in any way possible to end overdoses. This is a day to raise awareness of overdosing, and acknowledge the grief felt by families and friends. May…

Jessica's Story
News Posted On Aug 01, 2021

Jessica's Story

At the very young age of fifteen, Jessica was exposed to significant trauma. After being sexually assaulted, she resorted to drugs, alcohol, and self-harm. Jessica tried counselling and medication. Yet, nothing could take away her depression, anxiety,…

Positive Self-Talk: What It Is, and How to Start
News Posted On Aug 01, 2021

Positive Self-Talk: What It Is, and How to Start

Pause for a moment, and recall your everyday conversations with yourself. What do you often say? Is it “I’m sorry, but I’m not sure I'm the right person to do this,” or “This is a wonderful opportunity for me to learn from others and grow”?This…

Low Cost Summer Activities
News Posted On Jul 16, 2021

Low Cost Summer Activities

Are you looking for fun, inexpensive things to do with your family this summer? There are now more places open and more activities to choose from. Here are some activities in our city that won’t break your bank: The City of Edmonton outdoor pools are…

16 Things to Do on a Staycation
News Posted On Jul 01, 2021

16 Things to Do on a Staycation

Are you looking for family activities for your summer vacation or weekends in and around Edmonton? Sure, festivals and such are cancelled, but there are still countless fun things to do during your vacation in Alberta.  Here are 16 ideas to get you…

Depression Support Group
News Posted On Jul 01, 2021

Depression Support Group

Wake up. Pretend I’m OK. Sleep. Is this your cycle? Sometimes it’s easier to pretend you’re OK than having to explain why you’re not. Heather Pagenkopf meets many people who live this cycle in The Family Centre’s depression support group. You…

Calvin's Story
News Posted On Jun 29, 2021

Calvin's Story

Calvin’s love for his daughters gave him the courage to hold his family together as a single parent. His daughters were put into care because their mother struggled with addiction and unhealthy relationships. When Calvin heard the news, he was living…

Healing From Childhood Trauma
News Posted On Jun 22, 2021

Healing From Childhood Trauma

Childhood trauma can really shake you up, but you can heal from it. ACEs are adverse (harmful) childhood experiences that impact brain development. They can damage immune systems and change how people respond to stress. The physical effects of ACEs can…

Benefits of Journaling
News Posted On Jun 01, 2021

Benefits of Journaling

Journaling is a common and popular outlet for managing mental health, sparking creativity, and remembering events in one's life. There are many different reasons why people keep journals and all of them are beneficial.  Benefits of keeping a journal…

Staycations: A Convenient Way to Beat Burnout
News Posted On Jun 01, 2021

Staycations: A Convenient Way to Beat Burnout

Burnout leads to the inability to function well at work or in your personal life. It arises when chronic workplace stress has not been successfully managed. Chances are, you’ve probably experienced some form of burnout at least once in your life. Over…

How Being Grateful Improves Your Mental and Physical Health
News Posted On May 01, 2021

How Being Grateful Improves Your Mental and Physical Health

Showing gratitude is one of the golden rules that guide us on how to treat others. From a young age, we were taught to be thankful to people who do good deeds to us. Being grateful helps build good relationships with the people around us and positively…

Reaching a Goal is Like Crossing a River
News Posted On May 01, 2021

Reaching a Goal is Like Crossing a River

If you’re like me, you can feel overwhelmed when you set a long-term goal. It might be so far away it seems impossible to reach. Do you want to get sober, go back to school, get a job, or finally be stable? Long-term goals can feel too hard to do,…

10 Common Negative Thinking Patterns and 5 Steps for Change
News Posted On Apr 01, 2021

10 Common Negative Thinking Patterns and 5 Steps for Change

Have you ever found yourself thinking that something tragic has happened when your child was late coming home from the movies?  What about believing you have the worst luck when it comes to relationships or life in general?  How about feeling that…

Anxiety Support Group
News Posted On Mar 01, 2021

Anxiety Support Group

"It’s OK to be scared.Being scared means you’re about to do something really, really brave.”- Mandy Hale Brave is a word that Heather Pagenkopf uses to describe those who join The Family Centre’s anxiety support group. Heather, the group’s…

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