Category Archives: Youth

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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End Shame

All of us suffer from shame at times, but it turns up as embarrassment, anger, anxiety, fear, distancing, arguing, convincing, pleading, addictions, eating disorders, suicidal wishes, and much more! Most relationship problems are rooted in shame (communication problems are merely … 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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Becoming a member could save a life

Really? On Wednesday of this week I was told by a client that she very much doubts she would be alive today had she not engaged in our services. She was not being dramatic. Jacqueline Gautier, our Eating Disorders therapist, … 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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Cycle Club in local paper

Here’s a good-news story! How teenagers are gaining valuable and practical skills that will improve their lives in a number of ways. The local community newspaper featured our Bike Club during the 2015 Bike to Work Week. Read it by … Continue reading

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