- Why is Vulnerability Important?
Practicing vulnerability allows others into our personal experience and allows them to see us for who we truly are.
- Is it Postpartum Depression?
Learn more about why you’re feeling sad after having a baby.
- Grief Robbed Me
Grief is a consuming emotion that can lead to depression if there is no progress in healing.
- It’s Not You, It’s Your Goal
Here’s why your New Years resolutions didn’t stick after a few weeks.
- Divorce: Different Meanings for Children and Parents
Learn how divorce can unintentionally affect children.
- A Non-Directive Play Therapy
Therapy for children looks a lot different than therapy for adults.
- Common Communication Problems in Families
As easy as it seems to communicate with family, it can be very difficult. Learn the 3 common communication problems.
- The Cost of Virtual Infidelity
Virtual infidelity creates room for distrust, hurtful feelings, and damaged relationships.
- Tame the Worry! Circles of Control and Influence
Let’s tame the worry with an easy technique which helps you see things that are in your control.
- “A Customer,” “A Patient,” or “A Client”?
Learn why you should choose a therapist that treats you like a “client”.
- Know Your Fight, Flight and Freeze Response: Pathway to Healing
When our brain wants to protect ourselves, it triggers a fight, flight or freeze response.
- Is it Agoraphobia or Post-Pandemic Anxiety?
As we return to the “new normal” of post-pandemic, it’s essential to ensure you aren’t confusing post-pandemic anxiety with agoraphobia.
- How to Finish an Unfinished Conversation
Talking out your feelings, emotions, and left-over conversations is not crazy! It’s a well-known part of emotional healing.
- How to Reduce Stress by “Shaking It Off”
Learn why the “shake it off” technique helps reduce stress and enable individual to respond better in the flight or fight situation.
- Here’s Why Your Parenting Strategy Is Not Working
Is parenting going the way you had planned? Lets look into your parenting strategies and assess why your parenting strategy is not working.
- Indigenous Counselling: Eliminating the Cost Barrier
Good news. If you have a Status Card, it might entitle you for covered Counselling through a program called NIHB.
- Knock on the door!
The simple practice of knocking on their door helps your child learn about healthy boundaries and respect. It’s a great habit to begin early in the little one’s life.
- Kubler-Ross’s 5 Stages of Grief in 2022
Are the famous 5 Stages of Grief (Denial, Anger, Bargaining, Depression and Acceptance) relevant in 2022? We think so and here’s why.
- Is Counselling Right for Me? 3 C’s.
You do not have to be mentally ill or in crisis to see a counsellor. Counselling can help you with Coping, Communicating, and Creating a Better Future for yourself.
- For Co-Parents: 6 Hallmarks of a Business Relationship
A business relationship focuses on specific goals and limits the emotional involvement of the two parties.
- Free Therapy For Eligible First Nations and Inuit
Did you know that if you are First Nations or Inuit, you could get 22 free therapy sessions through NIHB (Non Insured Health Benefit)?
- TFEC re-opens in Niagara
After almost a two year hiatus, The Family Enhancement Centre (TFEC) once again welcomes Niagara-area clients in person to our St. Catharines office.
- Reject the Silent Battle: 3 Responses to Anxiety & Depression
Whether or not your anxiety and depression feels fully acknowledged by others, there are actions you can take.
- Successful Co-parenting: Removing the Ego
Improving emotional intelligence and removing the ego contribute to a common goal: raising good kids to the best of your ability.
- Gaslighting is Control
If you feel controlled, it might be because you are. Gaslighting aims to control. A person who gaslights others does so to gain control of the narrative.
- Distraction Coping
In uncertain times, avoiding difficult feelings is a natural response. Distraction coping is our best effort to pull the wool over our own eyes!
- Stuck in the Languishing Loop
We crave connection, meaning and purpose. Staying safe has felt like staying on the sidelines of life. So, how does one restore hope and joy?
- Managing Anxiety and Mood Disorders
Managing anxiety can feel like an uphill battle, where a single misstep may feel devastating. The various ways anxiety manifests can often feel debilitating.
- Pandemic Bereavement: Is Denial Turning A Corner?
Has society languished in collective denial about COVID? How it both changes lives and even takes lives? Well into year two, perhaps our tendency towards denial has turned a corner.
- Is “Languishing” Lifting the Stigma of Mental Illness
Languishing has emerged as a buzzword for 2021. The word may not be a diagnosis, but it perfectly describes that indistinct feeling so many people seem to have.
- What Is Your Anger Trying To Tell You?
Anger can be a signal that reveals what we care about most. Our disappointments, sadness, and grief can show themselves as anger.
- Recognizing Social Workers during Ontario Social Workers’ Week
The first week of March marks Social Workers’ Week when social work professionals get recognized for their daily efforts to enhance others’ mental well-being.
- COVID Loss and Grief in a Pandemic
People have lost so much during the pandemic, not just lives, but other less obvious things, and yet the expression of grief has seldom been so muted.
- Co-Parenting Through COVID
When you give your children the gift of a strong co-parent relationship and a healthy two home family, you are truly giving them one of the best gifts.
- How to Combat Complacency in Your Relationship
Every relationship relies on maintaining key elements. These fundamentals include clear communication, respect, and co-operation.
- 6 Struggles Parents Face While Co-Parenting
After divorce, communicating with your partner can be challenging. With the various emotions running high, these feelings can make interacting more complex.
- Why Am I So Angry? – Recognizing Anger & Dealing with It in a Healthy Manner
Individuals have labeled you as “unapproachable” or “hostile.” You see the need for a positive transformation, and you are searching for answers.
- Tips to Managing a Relationship when your Spouse has Bipolar Disorder
Having a spouse with bipolar disorder can be a rough ride at times. It can put you in the role of caretaker. Here are some ways to cope.
- Did You Know Mood Disorders and Anxiety Disorders are Two Different Things?
Mood and anxiety disorders mainly occur due to the complex interplay of various psychological, biological, genetic, social and economic factors.
- Strategies for Dealing with Workplace Anxiety
Chronic stress can lead to long-term anxiety disorders. Many of us develop severe workplace anxiety because of the stressful work environment.
- Grieving for your baby after a stillbirth
The very real loss of stillbirth brings a range of emotions – numbness, sadness, anger, guilt, helplessness and regret.
- Tips to Control & Manage Anger
8 tips to better manage anger.
- Play Therapy Room
Welcome to the Play Therapy Room.
- Let’s End the Stigma Around Mental Illness
One of the biggest barriers for anyone suffering from mental health problem is overcoming the stigma.
- Chronic Anxiety & Stress Ups Risk of Depression & Even Dementia
A new study suggests people suffering from chronic anxiety and stress are at increased risk of developing depression and even dementia.
- 5 Tips to divorce proof your marriage
Five important things couples should discuss and resolve if they want to divorce-proof their marriage.
- 6 Effective Ways to Beat Anxiety Today
Anxiety can completely disrupt your life. It can result increased heart rate, poor concentration, sleeping problems.
- Halloween Fears and How to Handle Them
For some kids, Halloween brings a sense of fear rather than fun.
- Domestic Violence Awareness Month
The objective of the Domestic Violence Awareness Month is to make people aware of the problem and its consequences and the importance of standing up against it.
- Happy Thanksgiving
The Family Enhancement Centre wishes you all a very Happy Thanksgiving. We hope you enjoy this time with family, friends and food!
- Let’s celebrate Mental Health Day
World Mental Health day is celebrated on 10 October to raise awareness of mental health issues.
- How relaxing can be the best way to spend a long weekend
The rat race can take its toll on our bodies and a long weekend is a great time to get some extra zzz’s on the deck, in a hammock or under a tree.
- Bring Balance into your Life
There is much talk about living a balanced life but what does it mean? The Healthy Mind Platter concept suggests an approach.
- The Hidden Enemy: Negative Self Talk
Have you ever spent time listening to how you talk to yourself? If you have noticed it’s mostly negative, this article is for you.
- Dealing Effectively With Anxiety
- Humour Really is the Best Medicine
Laughter is contagious with the sound of laughter more infectious that any cough, sniffle, or sneeze.
- Springing forward – good, or just tired?
Some people aren’t quite ready to “spring forward”… when the loss of sleep drains them of enthusiasm!
- Self-Esteem and Performance
Having low self-esteem often leads to greater experiences of anxiety and negativity, such as that persistent voice in your head that doubts and criticizes everything you do.
- Psychotherapy with a Social Worker is a valid medical expense
You can now claim counselling with TFEC as a valid medical expense when doing your taxes.