KW Counselling Blog
Back in 1956 we were known as The KW Family Service Bureau. Our name may have changed but our services are still family-focused and attachment-based.
For the past two years you have been hearing about (and engaging with us) in our design project, Exploring the Future of Parenting Education. The wait is over! Our final community report on the project is now available.
When I came into work this morning I read that the deadliest mass shooting in United States history has happened, killing 50 LGBTQ+ individuals and their allies in Orlando. This fills me with such deep sadness and anger. I worry that violence like this will make some LGBTQ+ people so silent that they will feel they can never come out of the closet. I worry that our sense of ally ship and community will lose its meaning. However, my hope is stronger than my fear. My hope is that people come together as a community to mourn and heal, to create connections and recognize that we have the power to support each other through this hurt. During this Pride Month and the Holy Month of Ramadan, may we come together as a diverse, beautiful community to foster strength and healing in the face of this tragedy.
Once at a meeting a colleague asked me if being an Intake Worker was like only getting the first chapter of a book where you might not find out how it ends. I answered, that actually, it’s like reading the middle chapter of a book, where you don’t know the beginning, the end or even what genre you’re supposed to be reading! For some people, assisting a client with the Intake part of their therapeutic service might be frustrating for these very reasons; there is no way to prepare for who we might speak to, and often we do not get to see how they may have benefitted from our services.
Several years ago I followed my life-long dream of wanting to help people in the social service sector. During the pursuit of a MA in Psychotherapy, I interned at KW Counselling Services. After graduation, to my surprise they hired me and I have been here ever since helping individuals, couples, children and families find solutions to the concerns which brought them here. I am particularly moved by the difference the agency makes in the lives of children through programming for children, families and groups. I see this first-hand through a program I coordinate for children who have witnessed domestic violence (Strong Moms, Safe Kids).
Being an immigrant or refugee in Canada can feel like you’re living two lives. There is the life you currently lead, with all its challenges and successes, and there is the life you could be leading had you stayed in your first country. The feeling of this “second life” is all the more compelling because it’s all suppositional; you can never really know what your life would have been like had you not come to Canada. This “second life” can be so vivid that when an immigrant returns to their first country, they can be shocked by the reality of how things have changed.