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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, […]

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Self-Care: Giving Yourself Permission to Say No

Managing stress during uncertain and unprecedented times can be as simple as giving yourself permission to say no. Self-care has become the buzz word of younger new-world generations navigating the wake of their boomer parents and grandparents. For many, self-care means taking time out for a pleasurable, relaxing activity. It might mean spending more time […]

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Low Cost Counselling Services

Intern Counsellor, Patti Custance, just completed her Master of Counselling practicum with Hollyburn. And she is now available to provide short term, low cost counselling services for clients. Sessions are provided at a reduced rate of $60/session + GST while Patti completes her internship toward her professional designation. Clients may choose to receive counselling services […]

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Trauma Recovery

People can experience a range of physical, mental, emotional and behavioural reactions to distressing or frightening events. These reactions are normal and usually subside as a part of the body’s natural healing and recovery process. There are also things you can do to cope with and ease trauma recovery. However, if your reactions don’t subside […]

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Online Parent Workshop

Online Parent Workshop presented by Chantal Bourke, RCC, Family Counsellor October 7th and 8th – 5:30 to 8:30pm  October 14th and 15th  – 5:30 to 8:30pm Does your child suffer from anxiety, depression, substance use problems, an eating disorder, or other mental health concerns? Do you struggle with your child’s behaviour, with setting limits or […]

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Parenting Conflicts Over Screen Time for Kids

It’s common for parents to have differing views about screen time for kids. One parent may see this as a harmless way to occupy their child while they attend to other things in their adult life. This can leave the other parent playing the “bad guy” when it comes to setting time limits on video […]