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

2018 Winter Newsletter

A Landmark Year Has Begun… 25 years ago after New Year’s, Pembina Counselling Centre opened its doors. Our beginnings were small. A reception area with a desk and phone, and an interview room with chairs and a desk along with two caring professionals servicing those who came. Would any come?…

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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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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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Fears

Understanding our fears… Fear has many faces! …Imagine the following feelings – terror, dread, apprehension, horror, panic, despair, dismay, helplessness, hopelessness, anxiety, worry, and simply being afraid. Scary lot aren’t they!? Some people actually live for long periods of time under these emotions. I have felt most of these feelings;…

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Happiness

In pursuit of happiness! Spring is a time for new life. How it invigorates me to step outside and see life being forced out of the ground in sprouts of green! The warm air and smells of earth punctuated with birds chirping and kids playing on the streets. It calls…

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Made to Remember

Made to remember… “In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth”. And then it goes on to say ‘He created us ‘male and female’ in His image’ (Genesis 1:27). Some people have difficulty believing that God created the world in 6 literal days as Exodus 20:11 and Genesis…

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