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Free Parenting Webinar – Nov 25, 2021

Sign-up for our next free Parenting Webinar: Attending to Emotions, Not Behaviours Is your child experiencing concerning behaviour? Have you been trying to put a stop to it with no success? Do you often ask yourself why? It can be so difficult navigating how to help our kids when something is not going well. If […]

Study Participants Wanted – Children with ASD

Millie Batta, a Student Counsellor at Hollyburn Family Services, is a graduate student in the Faculty of Education at the University of Lethbridge. She is inviting youth (ages 10 to 17) diagnosed with autism spectrum disorder and their parents to participate in a study about emergency remote learning during COVID-19. You and your child will […]

Every Child Matters

We are immensely saddened by the news about the discovery of the unmarked burial site of 215 children whose lives were lost at the former Kamloops Residential School. We would like to express our deepest sympathy for the lost children, their families, and survivors and the communities that are deeply impacted. We are all here […]

Shame, the Inner-Critic, and the Costs of Carrying the Burden Alone – Part 2: Breaking the Cycle

Written by Jesse Ross, RCC at Hollyburn Family Services   What can I do to Escape This Pattern? As mentioned in the previous article, this is a broad and important subject. This article will serve as a brief overview of some of the explorations that I do with clients as well as a few strategies […]

Shame, the Inner-Critic, and the Costs of Carrying the Burden Alone.

Written by Jesse Ross, Registered Clinical Counsellor at Hollyburn Family Services. This will be a two-part series. In today’s article, I will briefly speak about shame and the inner-critic that many of us carry. I will then talk about the cost of carrying these burdens. In the next article, I will talk about how one […]

World Autism Awareness Day – April 2

World Autism Awareness Day & 5 Ways You Can Show Support Written by Alessandra Antunes April 2, 2021 marks the fourteenth annual World Autism Awareness Day! Today is a day to celebrate the talents of individuals living with Autism Spectrum Disorder, as well as a day to educate one another. Please join us in cultivating […]

Coping with Trauma & PTSD

Written by Amanda Sullivan, Registered Clinical Counsellor at Hollyburn Family Services. Trauma & PTSD PTSD and trauma-related symptoms can occur after a person has been directly exposed to, witnessed, or learned about a traumatic event. Traumatic events could include any kind of abuse or assault (physical, psychological, sexual), transportation accidents, unexpected death of a loved […]

A message to the Lynn Valley Community

March 29, 2021 A message of support and information to members of the Lynn Valley Community From: Hollyburn Family Services On behalf of everyone at Hollyburn Family Services, our thoughts and condolences are with the individuals affected by the tragic incident at the Lynn Valley Village on Saturday March 27, 2021.  Lynn Valley Village has […]

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Parents: Choose Connection over Correction When Dealing with Teen Drug Abuse

Teen drug abuse often results in parents suffering overwhelming feelings of powerlessness, frustration, and fear as they attempt to intervene. The parent-child connection is co-opted by an often desperate struggle to regain power and influence over the teen’s behaviour. As the dependency escalates, parents watch their child turn away from school, sports, jobs, family, and […]

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Coping with COVID-19 Fear

The COVID-19 pandemic created another pandemic: fear.  The fear of catching the virus or spreading it to someone you love is scary.  Especially if you have ones in your life whose heath is compromised. With COVID-19 also comes grief, a loss of a sense of how things used to be, and a sense of helplessness, […]