Resources

Pembina Counselling Centre distributes a newsletter to keep our community updated, to introduce staff and articles that could be a personal resource.

2017 Fall Newsletter

25 years… Where has the time gone? Every year is special for Pembina Counselling Centre because of ministry opportunities. But perhaps this year is a little different, because it marks our 25th year. To the Lord, to you, and the many who have supported over the years… we are grateful….

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2017 Spring Newsletter

Reflections Earlier this year I made the decision to retire from counselling and will be ending my work at Pembina Counselling Centre by the end of May. As the first counsellor hired by PCC back in 1993, I had the opportunity to invest in a new service for this region…

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2017 Winter Newsletter

When Life Doesn’t Go As Planned Yesterday Sharon and I paid a visit to our friend Ed Gerbrandt at Boundary Trails Hospital. He is fighting cancer – a journey he has been on for awhile. I was eager to talk with Ed & Mavis about this unplanned journey they are…

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2016 Christmas Newsletter

Finding Freedom In Forgiveness I recently went through my garage, storage shed and closets, pulling out items that I no longer need or made use of this past year. I made quite a pile, boxed these things up, put them in my car and donated them to a local thrift…

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2016 Fall Newsletter

Every year for the past 12, Decor Cabinets has hosted a golf tournament in support of local charities. Decor, like us at Pembina Counselling Centre, aspire to make a difference for good in this world. This year they raised about $68,000 which will be shared by 4 local charities: YFC…

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2016 Spring Newsletter

For the month of May (which promotes mental health), our office has been working on creating awareness of the importance of mental health. It’s more than likely that many of you have heard of ‘wellness’ practices. And for those who haven’t, they are really common sense self-care rituals that all of us need…

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2016 Winter Newsletter

A cup of coffee with a good friend can really hit the spot. It can be every bit as good as some warm sunshine on a freezing Manitoban who has sought refuge from our January cold down south. I was talking with just such a friend this past week. The…

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Addiction

Enslaved to an addiction? It’s not a pleasant thought. For most of us – it’s very hard to admit to someone else that ‘I have an addiction’. Never mind to someone else, it’s hard to admit to oneself… “I am addicted to alcohol”… or, “I am addicted to gambling… porn……

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Anger Management

Anger Management Anger has many faces. Some of those faces aren’t pretty. Have you ever seen road rage? A few years ago I was driving in Winnipeg minding my own business and a truck quickly pulled up beside me. The driver was gesturing to me with his middle finger. He…

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Burn-Out

‘Burnt-out’ or near ‘break down’? You have probably heard someone say “So and so had a nervous breakdown”. Or worse yet… wondered if you are due to have one!? Many times in my clinical practice I have heard people express a fear that they ‘might be getting close to a…

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Change

Empowered for change… Everybody needs to change… even babies. Shortly before I married Sharon, my grandfather gave me some advice – he said, ‘Don’t count on changing your wife and don’t be discouraged if change doesn’t come quickly.’ I think he was telling me that change is slow and even…

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Depression

What about depression? Did you know that it has been estimated that 10% of Americans are depressed at any given time? That would be about 3 million Canadians and about 30 million Americans. Lots of people are feeling less than 100%. Sometimes we don’t even know we are depressed –…

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