Nicole Imgrund on Global Edmonton

As demand for counselling in Alberta grows, the Federation of Associations of Counselling Therapists is urging the government to regulate the industry. Nicole Imgrund joined Erin Chalmers on Global News Morning Edmonton to talk about the need for regulation, explaining that right now anyone can call themselves a counsellor – and that needs to change.


We are in the news: "Parents warned to keep a close eye on what children see online"

Our registered psychologist, Andrea Thrall, speaks to St. Albert Gazelle about the danger of children viewing disturbing video content online. Andrea said parents should always be present whenever young children are viewing videos. Read the full article here:

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12 Tips for Keeping You and Your Relationships Healthy Through the Holiday Season

Of the many spiritual or cultural holidays that are celebrated at this time of year, most are in some way a reflection of overcoming the toils and injustices of life to reconnect with positive human values and emotions. It is all too easy though, for the time, energy, and preparation of the traditions with which we mark this re-connection to reinforce the toil instead of the celebration. Here are a few ideas to keep the stress from taking over.

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Understanding Gender and Sexuality in a Non-Binary World

If you want to learn what the difference is between sex and gender, what it means to be pansexual or genderqueer, what the components are that comprise our sexuality, or you are just curious about the different ways in which people today understand and express themselves as sexual and gendered beings, please watch this wellness webinarabout understanding sexuality and gender in a non-binary world

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Manage Your Pain - wellness webinar

Living with pain can be debilitating not only physically, but psychologically as well. During this mental wellness webinarLori Tiemer explores the mind-body connection and discusses various strategies, including cognitive and relaxation techniques, for managing your pain and improving your quality of life. 

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River’s Edge Counselling Centre named as the recipient of the St. Albert Chamber of Commerce 2016 Ignite Award.

River’s Edge Counselling Centre is excited to be named as the recipient of the St. Albert Chamber of Commerce 2016 Ignite Award. Sponsored by Athabasca University Faculty of Business, the Ignite Award recognizes a small business that has demonstrated itself as the most dynamic start-up business in the St. Albert community. It is an honour to for us to be recognized in this way. We believe it is our commitment to excellence in care, service to the community, teaching, and working as a team, that has allowed River’s Edge to grow into a strong and healthy business that will continue to serve the mental health needs of St. Albert for many years to come. 

Clara Hughes Event

River's Edge Counselling Centre was proud to host Olympian Clara Hughes in our community on October 14th, 2016. She shared her inspiring story with over 800 kids at Leo Nickerson Elementary and 300 students at Paul Kane High School.

She then spoke at the Arden Theatre, sharing her personal journey through mental and physical pain, to a life where love and understanding can thrive. She was so moved by the work of the local organizations the event was supporting - SAIF, BAM, and OutLoud, that she donated 1000.00 from her book sales to those groups.

Clara stayed until well after midnight, signing books and connecting with people who stayed to experience her authentic and compassionate presence.

We hope the continued legacy of Clara's visit will be ongoing support for mental health organizations in our community and a deeper understanding for the challenges that people suffering with mental illness face every day. Her passionate challenge to us is to continue to fight stigma related to mental health and to advocate for increased access to mental health services in Alberta

local mental health initiatives that received support from this event:

SAIF (Stop Abuse in Families)
To provide free counselling services to those experiencing domestic violence.


BAM (Building Assets & Memories)

To support the Caelin Porter Mental Health Awareness Walk. Caelin was a St. Albert youth who brought light and love to his family, friends and many other people in our community through his warm, caring presence and music.St. Albert youth have organized this yearly walk following his suicide to bring support to other youth who struggle with mental illness. They donate all proceeds from the walk to the CMHA and SickNotWeak.

To support the 4UBYUS Conference (a one-day event run by youth, for adults who work with youth in our community, with a focus on mental health and wellness).


To support programs and activities for LGBTQ youth in St. Albert (ages 13-24), in a safe, supportive and fun environment.

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FACT-AB Calls for Increased Counsellor Regulations

Last week, Nicole spoke to the St. Albert Gazzette on the need to regulate the requirements and experience needed to to be considered a counsellor. As it stands, a person can call themselves a counselor without any experience, which can create problems for vulnerable people seeking help. 

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"Brainwise" Parenting

Our wellness matters talk in November was "Brainwise" Parenting with Christine Crocker. Based on the positive feedback received, the participants went away with a wealth of information about childhood development and practical parenting tips. Christine has shared her slide presentation so others can get this valuable information, as well.

If you missed it... download the presentation slides