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

St. Albert Lower-Cost Counselling Services

At River's Edge Counselling Centre, we are committed to working with community partners to find ways to meet the growing need for effective and accessible mental health resources in St. Albert and area.

We know there are many people who "fall through the cracks," not able to access mental health resources in the health care system as they require it, and without insurance or financial resources to cover the cost of private counselling and psychological services. We are fortunate to have family physicians, psychiatrists, a Primary Care Network and other community associations, such as SAIF, dedicated to working together to meet the mental health needs of our community. The team at River's Edge Counselling Centre looks forward to any opportunity to collaborate in this effort.

One of the ways we are working to make a contribution is through our lower-cost counselling program.

Our practicum training program admits 2-3 graduate students each year to offer counselling services with supervision and support from our team. We receive many applicants and choose mature students who are ready to provide high quality counselling services to our clients. This fall, we are pleased to welcome Sheila Chaba for a second full-year placement (Sheila has already completed her required hours and courses, but is committed to improving her practice while she completes her thesis requirement), as well as Grant Wardlow. While most practicum placements are for a few months, our program supports students in developing their practice for a full year, which also allows for longer-term care to clients. The fee for these services covers some of the costs associated with the program. Clients are charged $50.00/session (professional services cost between $125.00-$180.00). For some clients in particularly difficult financial situations, we are able to accept a lower fee for these services.

Accessing our lower-cost counselling services:

We do accept self-referrals for any of our services. However, we appreciate direct referrals from community partners when individuals are identified as needing counselling services. Professional referrals can be made by phone, online or by faxing our referral form to our office. If you are unsure whether or not a person may be a good fit to see a practicum student, or have any other questions about our services, please contact the office or our Director, Nicole Imgrund