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News Posted On Jul 19, 2018

Teresa’s story (Roots and Wings)

Teresa, a mother of five, had struggled with substance abuse for years, starting with drugs and alcohol at the age of 12. She soon after ran away from home and was sent to Calgary to live with her then step-mom. “My life really took a drastic turn…

News Posted On Jul 11, 2018

How do you know when it’s time to see a therapist?

We all struggle with life’s ups and downs. Usually, you can handle the pitfalls that life throws your way by developing strategies to work through everyday, ordinary worries. However, when things get a little more challenging, many people seek support…

News Posted On Jun 19, 2018

Blake’s story

The strong rapport between Blake, Nick, and David is so obvious from the moment you meet them, that it is surprising to learn that they recently celebrated only their one-year anniversary as a family. Blake’s dream of having two dads will soon be official…

News Posted On Jun 13, 2018

Raising the Strong-Willed Child

“No!” he says, with arms crossed, scowling face, and feet planted firmly on the floor. If you’re parenting a strong-willed child, you’ll recognize these signs. Children are born with a number of personality traits and the spirited child is often…

News Posted On May 16, 2018

Do you have an "everyday addiction"?

Talking about addictions is a bit tricky. Most people think immediately of someone who has an addiction to alcohol, drugs, or gambling. Images of children going hungry, domestic violence, and job loss are often associated with addiction. However, there…

News Posted On Mar 29, 2018

Relationships: The Grass is Greener Where You Water It

So often, people recognize that betrayal leads to mistrust. Rarely, however, do they consider how mistrust can also set the stage for betrayal. The two issues can (but don’t have to) create a vicious downward spiral leading to the end of a relationship.…

News Posted On Mar 07, 2018

Take the "work" out of homework

How many times have you struggled to help your child to complete their homework? With the business of life, multiple demands and the ambush of electronics wanting our time and resources, it seems impossible. There are many reasons for struggling with…

News Posted On Feb 20, 2018

Robyn’s story (Healthy Relationships)

 I knew I needed a change because I wasn’t able to cope anymore. I was so broken. I was depressed and felt helpless and out of control of my life.  I was incapable of taking care of myself and seeing what was good for me. I was constantly in a heightened…

News Posted On Feb 07, 2018

Developing a foundation for a long term, healthy relationship

You are madly and passionately in love, and you have found “the one.” You and your partner have decided to commit to each other through marriage or living together. In the beginning phase of a relationship, couples can often be shy or reluctant about…

News Posted On Jan 29, 2018

Success coach at Lorelei School

When Julie Zelinski, principal at Lorelei School, learned that several Syrian refugees would soon attend the school, she contacted us. Julie was familiar with the success coach role at The Family Centre, but she didn’t need just any coach – she…

News Posted On Jan 05, 2018

Do These Things Instead of Making New Year’s Resolutions

It’s that time of year again: about 50 percent of adults think about making a New Year’s resolution, but only about 10 percent will be able to set goals for the New Year and achieve them. Making changes in your life can be a challenging undertaking,…

News Posted On Dec 20, 2017

Alone for the holidays

Holidays can be a lonely time for some. If you end up by yourself, there are a lot of creative ways to overcome the feeling of isolation. No matter the time of year or season, develop life skills to avoid and intervene with loneliness because research…

News Posted On Dec 13, 2017

Dealing with grief and loss during holiday season

As we move into the winter season, we begin to prepare for the upcoming holidays. Friends and family often talk about and make plans for celebrating and getting together. However, for many who have recently lost a loved one, this can be an especially…

News Posted On Dec 06, 2017

Drop-in counselling program continues to grow

Our free drop-in counselling program is expanding again! Counselling is now available on Mondays at the Highlands Edmonton Public Library Branch from 1 to 4 PM and at the Penny McKee – Abbottsfield EPL Branch from 5 to 8 PM. With these new additions,…

News Posted On Dec 01, 2017

Elaine’s story

Elaine has been seeing a mental health therapist at The Family Centre for five months, but coming in for the first appointment was not easy for her. “I sat in the parking lot for 40 minutes and did some soul searching before I decided to come in. I…

News Posted On Nov 20, 2017

Susanne’s Story

Susanne moved to Alberta two and a half years ago in search of a better life. “I was really struggling with life itself, not knowing why—I was just having a hard time doing day-to-day functions,” says Susanne. “I couldn’t get help at home in…

News Posted On Nov 01, 2017

Should you let your child face consequences?

Being a good parent does not mean that you should always shelter your child and fix things for them. In fact, letting your child face consequences can be a great way to guide their behaviour.   A natural consequence is a straightforward, unavoidable…

News Posted On Oct 11, 2017

How adverse childhood experiences affect you

Did you know that stressful or traumatic experiences in your childhood such as abuse, neglect, witnessing domestic violence, growing up with substance abuse, mental illness, or crime in the home, can cause toxic stress and lead to a variety of negative…

News Posted On Sep 25, 2017

Success story: Interpretation services

It’s time for another client success story – this time for our interpretation services. Asha Hersi from ABC Head Start says: “At our North Side location, in one of our classrooms, we had a high Syrian refugee population. The interpreter supported…

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