Category Archives: Family

Thriving in a Blended Family

By Bernie Dunning, retired Marriage and Family Therapist At one time in our history a family was defined and assumed to be mother, father and children. There were some exceptions. There were rich people who had nannies to take care … Continue reading

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2017 AGM

Island Integrated Counselling’s Annual General Meeting Don’t miss a free evening of refreshments, live entertainment, and an engaging speaker! Wednesday June 28, 6 p.m. at the Kin Hut at Departure Bay (2730 Departure Bay Rd); enter from the water-side Live … Continue reading

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The post-Christmas Blues

‘Christmas’ is supposed to be a great time of the year. For many, especially afterwards, it is anything but. In this Shaw TV interview our co-Executive Director, Ian Gartshore, is asked about this and what people can do about it. … Continue reading

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When Men are Abused

Other very insightful articles on this website outline how women can become abused by men. This is (by far) not the only time partners are abused! Men are also abused by women, and gay couples can abuse each other. When … Continue reading

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Thriving in a Blended Family

In this free one-hour seminar Bernie Dunning, a highly experienced Marriage and Family Therapist, will offer many practical tips on how to improve your (or others) efforts to blend families. Date: Thursday October 27, 2016 Time: Arrive between 5 and … Continue reading

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Women: Are you frustrated?

Do you sometimes feel like pulling your hair out because you’re frustrated and/or angry? Would you like to learn how to turn this into a positive forward-moving courageous change in your life that actually improves your relationships? The next Frustrated … Continue reading

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Recovering from a Loss of Income

What does an agency do when it suddenly and unexpectedly loses a big chunk of its revenue? We’re finding out! Earlier this year we (and countless other non-profits) learned that the amount of funding from the provincial Gaming Fund was … Continue reading

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People Who Do the Right Thing (But Never Feel Rewarded)

By Bernie Dunning, MA There are individuals who feel frustrated about their life because despite believing they are always doing the right thing, they keep on failing. They can’t maintain close relationships and/or they fail at their parenting efforts. Tragically … Continue reading

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The Illusion of Power and Control

Image courtesy of Stuart Miles at FreeDigitalPhotos.net As humans we seem to be drawn to seek control over our environment and ourselves. When we are infants, we immediately attempt to control our environment by making sure we are fed and … Continue reading

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Enabling Youth to do Better

Why would a counselling agency run a youth and senior program? Because we believe it is important to build skills and self-esteem in youth so that they can do better in their adult lives. This follows the old adage: “An … Continue reading

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