When Love Hurts – Spring 2017

Is someone hurting you?
Do you know of someone who is being hurt?
You are not alone.

“I had walked out of a violent relationship two months before I participated in the When Love Hurts group. The participants and staff were very gentle, friendly and non-judgmental. Although I was remembering some of the abuse I endured while learning about the signs of abuse, I felt loved and understood by the other women who shared similar stories. I knew I was not alone and I felt safe and supported there.”

When Love Hurts Apr 2016

Abuse takes many forms and victims often struggle alone in silence. If you or someone you know is experiencing any form of abuse, including emotional, physical, financial or sexual, please be encouraged to join our free, confidential support group for women at The Care Centre.

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NEW: When Love Hurts – Spring 2017

Join us for ten Tuesdays, starting 15th March, from 7-9 pm

In partnership with Karen McAndless-Davis, The Care Centre is hosting a FREE When Love Hurts support group. To register or find out more about joining this group, please email Kristina at The Care Centre.

Or connect with Karen about the When Love Hurts program direct.

If you are unable to join us for the spring sessions, please contact us to find out when the next workshop is taking place.

When Love Hurts – Fall 2016

Is someone hurting you?
Do you know of someone who is being hurt?
You are not alone.

“I had walked out of a violent relationship two months before I participated in the When Love Hurts group. The participants and staff were very gentle, friendly and non-judgmental. Although I was remembering some of the abuse I endured while learning about the signs of abuse, I felt loved and understood by the other women who shared similar stories. I knew I was not alone and I felt safe and supported there.”

When Love Hurts Apr 2016

Abuse takes many forms and victims often struggle alone in silence. If you or someone you know is experiencing any form of abuse, including emotional, physical, financial or sexual, please be encouraged to join our free, confidential support group for women at The Care Centre.

power control

NEW: When Love Hurts – Fall 2016

Join us for ten Tuesdays, starting 4th October, from 7-9 pm

Karen McAndless-Davis is partnering with The Care Centre to support the When Love Hurts support groups and Kristina Sohal is facilitating this session. To register or find out more about joining this group, please email The Care Centre or call 604.953.1154.

If you are unable to make the current dates, please contact us to find out when the next workshop is taking place.

Revealing eating disorders

As professional, licensed counsellors, we never stop learning. It’s part of our responsibility in supporting clients through counselling, to continually seek out and review new information that could be useful in therapy.

Having personally never had the opportunity to work with someone struggling with eating disorders before, I was keen to connect with Corine Corriveau, who is striving to bring awareness to the battles raging with body image in our society.

Covering up her addictions became a way of life for Corine, as she struggled with the same challenges many girls face growing up in a world of unrealistic expectations. It was a privilege when Corine recently came to The Care Centre to meet with our counsellors, to provide us with her invaluable account of coming through – what worked and what didn’t – as she built a defensive wall around her behavioural experimentations to conform to the norms of a perfect body.

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Corine’s obsession to be extremely thin started as a teenager and grew into 15 years’ worth of deceiving others and herself that the self loathing, the dangerous practices and the pain were all normal in order to control how she looked. To be small enough, good enough in the eyes of the world, worthy enough…Corine lost herself. Finding herself again, she has a deep desire to reach out to others suffering with similar addictions and give voice to their needs:

“I share my story because within my journey I discovered all the challenges of being a woman, and being a person, and I know that under what we show to each other we are all the same. I wish to create awareness about eating disorder and help in its comprehension. And I also wish to create awareness on the devastating consequences of the beauty myth and body image pressure on woman in today’s society.”

Corine reveals more about her story at The Lip Lounge.

At The Care Centre we continue to seek out opportunities to bring awareness to important issues, while staying in tune with our own need to learn and grow therapeutically.

Kristina Sohal

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When Love Hurts – Spring 2016

Is someone hurting you?
Do you know of someone who is being hurt?
You are not alone.

“I had walked out of a violent relationship two months before I participated in the When Love Hurts group. The participants and staff were very gentle, friendly and non-judgmental. Although I was remembering some of the abuse I endured while learning about the signs of abuse, I felt loved and understood by the other women who shared similar stories. I knew I was not alone and I felt safe and supported there.”

When Love Hurts Apr 2016

Abuse takes many forms and victims often struggle alone in silence. If you or someone you know is experiencing any form of abuse, including emotional, physical, financial or sexual, please be encouraged to join our free, confidential support group for women at The Care Centre.

power control

NEW: When Love Hurts – Spring 2016

Join us for ten Tuesdays, starting 5th April, from 7-9 pm

Karen McAndless-Davis is partnering with The Care Centre to lead the When Love Hurts support groups. To register or find out more about joining this group, please email Kristina at The Care Centre or call 604.953.1154.

Or connect with Karen about the When Love Hurts program direct.

Our pilot project took place in the summer of 2015. If you are unable to make the current dates, please contact us to find out when the next workshop is taking place.

The season of giving

In my new role here, I have been running the daily operations of The Care Centre for about four months now. In that time I have been inspired by an incredible team that make things happen behind the scenes at our counselling centre as well as countless others giving so freely of their time on the front lines with our Care Bus and more. The undeniable passion to get involved and give back is what unites the many people involved. I find myself caught up in the desire of so many generous volunteers who just want to help out – with their time and creativity – to make projects happen, to bring about change. Or I’m working with our team of counsellors giving their expertise, offering hope to their clients. I have found my role not simply to be managing a counselling services program, but to witness and help facilitate the giving.

As part of NightShift Street Ministries, The Care Centre and Care Bus listening, counselling and nursing programs are as much conduits to reaching out and giving back as is the nightly feeding and clothing program. Our mission is to love unconditionally and help each other find hope and purpose. NightShift in its entirety, is about making connections, building relationships and finding ways to help people in need. That need includes the desire to give.

Listening is giving. And with that I want to thank you for listening and wish you a very merry Christmas and a happy New Year!

Kristina Sohal