Family Counselling

Family Counselling

Family Counselling

Our counsellors believe that a healthy family is a happy family. They draw on their experience and skill to help families identify areas in need of growth and healing to pave the way to happier, more peaceful and fulfilling family life.

Whether you are facing a major life change as a family, a difficult period of turmoil, discontent or confusion, our family therapy specialists in St. Albert can help you find a positive way forward.

separation and divorce

Family counselling can help you:

  • manage the transition and provide coping strategies

  • support kids experiencing grief and loss (which often presents as anger and behaviour problems)

  • learn how to co-parent effectively following separation and divorce

blended families

Family counselling can help you navigate the unique challenges that being a blended family presents.

Learn how to:

  • co-parent effectively

  • identify the different rules and roles for parenting and step-parenting

  • support kids through the transition

  • recognize and meet the emotional needs of each family member

other possible areas of focus for family counselling
and therapy:

  • Sibling rivalry

  • Relocation

  • Difficult relationships (immediate or extended family)

  • Impact of trauma or grief

  • Behaviour problems

  • Parenting struggles

  • Anger management

  • Secondary infertility

resources for Family Therapy

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meet our family counsellors

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Petrina Runke
Families do not exist in a bubble. They live within a broader context, and face various external pressures and influences... read more
At times families can experience disharmony and conflict. I work with the whole family from an attachment therapy approach to nurture change and growth in family relationships. I utilize a variety of creative strategies to engage family members differently with one another to foster cooperation, mutual respect, understanding and empathy. We explore the different family member's perspectives and how this influences patterns of interactions. I focus on empowering each family member to have a voice in the healing process. Petrina's Full Bio

Charlene Remenda-Madra
Every event touches our mind, body and spirit. As a therapist, I strive to see the whole person and the whole picture that has shaped you and the events leading up to our first meeting... read more
I have experience in the areas of early developmental and emotional trauma, motor vehicle accidents, sexual abuse and I am currently enrolled in a specialized three-year body-oriented approach to the healing of trauma called Somatic Experiencing, or SE. I completed a four-year post graduate program in Integrative Body Psychotherapy (IBP) with a strong focus on early developmental trauma and attachment injuries. IBP is a comprehensive body-centered model of therapy that combines breathing, movement and presence to gain access to the wisdom of the body – something that is often interrupted, no longer accessible or just too scary to connect to after a traumatic event or series of traumatic injuries. I am compassionate, emotionally present and take a gentle approach to working with individuals. Charlene's Full Bio

Christine Crocker
As a Registered Psychologist trained in Marriage and family therapy, I believe that relationships are central to the health and well-being of individuals, families and communities... read more
Christine Crocker is a Registered Psychologist who has been providing services to families, couples and individuals since 2007, both in private practice and for agencies. Christine has a Masters in Science in Marital and family therapy through Loma Linda University and a Bachelor of Science Specialization awarded from the University of Alberta. Christine holds membership in good standing with the College of Alberta Psychologists (Reg# 3311) and the Psychologist Association of Alberta. Christine Crocker Full Bio

Andrea Thrall
I firmly believe in the healing power of relationship and I strive to nurture my clients’ connection to loved ones and significant others... read more
I am a Registered Psychologist with the College of Alberta Psychologists as well as a member of the Psychologists Association of Alberta. I have experience and training in providing counselling to children, adolescents, adults, couples and families. My background includes offering counselling within school settings as well as not for profit agencies. Andrea's Full Bio

Lori Tiemer
I believe in the power of a strong therapeutic relationship. Through building a solid rapport, my goal is to assist in the achievement of increased self-awareness and positive change... read more
It is important to learn stress management and emotional regulation techniques in order to move away from being stuck in a constant state of stress response (fight or flight). Processing and integrating traumatic events will occur gradually and within the safety of a collaborative therapeutic relationship. I have taken training related to prolonged exposure therapy as well as trauma focused cognitive behavioral therapy and have worked with adults diagnosed with post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) and acute stress disorder.
Lori's Full Bio

the right fit

At River’s Edge Counselling Centre, we work with each new client to ensure they are matched to the right therapist. See how we do it: