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A Question of Trust

A Question of Trust

By Leigh Johnson – Affiliate Parenting Coach at The Family Counselling Centre At a recent presentation I gave at The Friday Network to practitioners in the Learning and Development field, I was reminded of how fundamental self awareness and growth is in order for us to impact others. No matter what roles we perform in life, there is an essential need to start growth and change with ourselves first. We often look to the systems we are a part of…

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Supporting Your Children Through Exams

Supporting Your Children Through Exams

When did you last write an exam or test? Many parents will tell you that their last time was as recently as the last exam written by their child or teenager! Truly the stress, planning and focus that are required to assist your children to get through their exams is often equivalent to that which you would experience were you to sit the exam yourself – and sometimes even higher. Crucial to assisting families to weather the exam storm and…

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Some exciting news from our team:

Some exciting news from our team:

We have a Winner in our midst! Our Director, Andrea Nettel, is the winner of  one of only three Scholarships offered by Mediation Academy. Well Done Andrea and Congratulations. Here now the official announcement from the Mediation Academy: “We are happy to announce the 3 winners of the full scholarships for the 64h Family Mediation course. Congratulations: Scholarship #1: Barbara Jaftha, Scholarship #2: Andrea Nettel, Scholarship #3: Nicky Shortt Our three winners will complete their Family Law Mediation training online, after which…

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Blessing the Women at Nerina Gardens, Fish Hoek   

Blessing the Women at Nerina Gardens, Fish Hoek   

  The TFCC team decided to commit ourselves to doing something special and memorable for some of the precious women in our community for August, as  Women’s month. We decided to keep it close and local…… and chose to visit one of our long-established retirement villages namely Nerina Gardens, around the corner from our rooms in Fish Hoek. We focused on the frail care section and put together a beautiful gift for each of the ladies, a token of our love…

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What impact do you have on your family?

What impact do you have on your family?

Being aware of – and taking responsibility for – the impact of our behaviours, wording and thinking on those we are closest to is such an important part of being a parent. We have so many opportunities to make a positive difference each day. Although we don’t always get it right, developing our awareness and making choices is possible and necessary if we are to live into our true potential as parents. Click here to hear how our new Parenting Coach, Leigh…

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Our Director steps in as Bay Primary’s School Counsellor

Our Director steps in as Bay Primary’s School Counsellor

The Family Counselling Centre are excited to announce that our Director, Andrea Nettel, has been appointed as the School Counsellor at Bay Primary School, Fish Hoek, while Erica Searle is on sabatical to complete her Honours. Andrea’s mandate is to assist learners with short term counselling and to refer them to appropriate professionals if more assistance is required. She will work with the learners in regards to socialisation, anxiety, crisis management and interpersonal communication. Trauma debriefing, and working with the learning…

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You CAN change your mind – literally!

You CAN change your mind – literally!

Our brains are the physical structures which support our “minds” or thoughts, and our thoughts form physical structures in our brains – called neural pathways. Neural plasticity is the capacity of the brain to change, and this takes place through re-organisation of the neural pathways in our brains. Neural pathways are “preserved” through frequent use, for example: Learning a poem off by heart through repetition creates physical structure in our brain, and a simple motor sequence practiced for 10 – 20…

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Preparing for the High Seas of Life

Preparing for the High Seas of Life

A major  part of being a parent is to teach our children to navigate through life and to learn basic essential values such as honesty, empathy, integrity, purity and many more. In order to do so we take opportunities to  teach lessons,  instil rules, talk about consequences and more often then we want to, we find ourselves having to execute those consequences.  I applaud every parent who spends the time and energy  getting their kids “sea-worthy”, because it is really hard work….

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Our New Look

Our New Look

Welcome to our New Look! We are happy to welcome you to our newly designed website. Feel free to have a look around. We hope you enjoy our new sleek and modern look. We just did some window dressing and added some fun things like this posts page. Feel free to comment and let us know what you think. We are also proud to announce that we have a new member in our Team: Michele Berger,  Educational Psychologist, has joined us to…

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