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When Faith Rises

When Faith Rises

This is my personal story. It is a journey filled with loss yet also with hope. I wholeheartedly believe my journey has prepared me for the work I now do as the Director of “The Family Counselling Centre”. I hope it speaks of hope more than of despair and that you are encouraged by it. Blessings Andrea

Trauma Debrief

Trauma Debrief

One of the ways The Family Counselling Centre (TFCC) provides professional mental health services to those in need is by providing crisis interventions; such as trauma debriefs with employees and staff, families, and groups. Trauma is something we are frequently exposed to, either directly or indirectly. Trauma is an emotional response to a terrible event like an accident, crime or natural disaster. Trauma sets in immediately after the event, with shock and denial being typical. Longer term reactions include unpredictable…

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Staff Workshops

Staff Workshops

Valley Development Projects (VDP) and its staff is one of the projects that The Family Counselling Centre (TFCC) supports by providing workshops and debrief sessions at highly reduced fees. VDP uses an integrated development approach to combat a number of social issues, alleviate poverty and address the imbalances of the past; based on the vision of “a healthy, self-reliant community with sufficient resources for people who are confident to make their own informed choices in a constantly changing environment”. This…

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COVID -19

COVID -19

The Crisis! A worldwide phenomenon towards introspection. We cannot stop this virus because science does not have the weapons to fight it. It is novel – we are in completely uncharted waters. The uncertainty of the unknown, the absolute helplessness, combined with the health risks and the added risk to life create the conditions for the perfect storm. We feel it swelling up inside of each one of us and around us.  Building momentum and gathering speed especially via well-meaning…

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Lifting The Veil

Lifting The Veil

Anxiety, Depression & Mental Health Despite the stormy weather we had a good turnout for our “Let’s Get Talking” event on Tuesday 30th July 2019. Participants found the evening interesting and informative. The majority felt that the environment was relaxed, comfortable, compassionate and safe. We had a healthy discussion about a difficult topic, and everyone contributed. Thank you to all who made the effort to come out, it was truly wonderful and humbling. During the introductions it became clear that…

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Self-Care & Stress Relief @ The Safe House

Self-Care & Stress Relief @ The Safe House

The Safe House and The Family Counselling Centre “The Safe House” and its staff is one of the projects that we at The Family Counselling Centre (TFCC) support. The Safe House (TSH) is a place of safety for women and children who have been a victim of domestic abuse. It is situated in the middle of our “deep south” valley, in a secret location to ensure the safety of its residents. TFCC provides pro bono debriefing sessions when needed and…

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Tackling Tough Times – Communication made easy

Tackling Tough Times – Communication made easy

We communicate all the time. Every minute of our waking day we are communicating something to someone somehow.  How do we do that? Most people answer by saying “we talk and use words”, they are correct to a point. Communication, however, is so much more than just using words.  At our September “Let’s get Talking” event at Sandi’s bistro  participants uncovered what supports communication and why communication breaks down. Here now some comments from some of our participants. “My husband and I joined a…

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SOCIAL MEDIA: GOOD, BAD OR UGLY?

SOCIAL MEDIA: GOOD, BAD OR UGLY?

Young and old talking about Social Media The consensus seems to be that Social Media might be a wonderful tool however there is this underlying fear of what seemes to be vast unknown dangers. Participants between the ages of 16 and sixty joined us in our last, “Let’s Get Talking”, discussion. Despite the age range it became obvious that everyone had struggles with healthy integration of social media. Questions like … “What are the benefits of putting our life story…

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Body Boosting for Stress Relief

Body Boosting for Stress Relief

(by Leigh Johnson) TFCC’s life coach, Leigh Johnson, had the pleasure of hosting our monthly ‘Let’s Get Talking’ conversation last night. The topic was a pertinent one for our busy lifestyles: Managing Stress. What became clear from the stories of all participants was the incredible resource our bodies are – both in warning us about too much stress and in participating in the healing process itself. The impact of stress cannot be over-estimated and it is increasingly evident through statistics…

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Who Are You Disciplining?

Who Are You Disciplining?

 -written by Leigh Johnson The word ‘Discipline’ is an interesting one. We all think we know what it means but when it comes down to defining it, it is actually far more elusive. An internet search too can prove just as inconclusive, with quite a variety of meanings and interpretations filling the screen. So what exactly is discipline? I’m not going to answer that question as such – partly because I suspect a large number of you have got heart palpitations right now, or…

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