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News Posted On Oct 15, 2018

Chris’ Story (Strive)

Chris had been through a lot and was struggling with day-to-day life. As a kid, he was bullied because his father was a police constable. “I was terrorized daily on my way to school which included violence like punching to stop me from getting on…

News Posted On Sep 13, 2018

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…

News Posted On Sep 12, 2018

The Ultimate Guide on Boosting Your Learning Habits

This month’s article is written by a guest blogger at The Blog Frog, Ashley Lipman.Learning isn’t limited to any age. No matter why you’re studying, developing good learning habits is key to actually understanding new information. Whether you’re…

News Posted On Aug 27, 2018

Trevor’s Story (Family Preservation)

Vince and Leona had last seen their grandson Trevor when he was 12 years old and visiting them in Ontario during a summer break. After that visit, Vince and Leona had tried to keep in touch with their grandson in Edmonton through Skype. Each time they…

News Posted On Aug 14, 2018

Michelle’s Story (Roots and Wings)

Michelle was struggling with depression as she was building up the courage to get a divorce. Stuck in an abusive relationship, she felt that she had no control of her life. Even with her husband working out of town Michelle still found herself living…

News Posted On Aug 08, 2018

When your painful past interferes in the present

It is unrealistic to think that we can get through life without some sort of emotional pain. As human beings, we all experience challenges that change and form us into the people we are today. Just living in the world presents us with continual risk.…

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…

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