A solution focused approach to therapy utilizes the potential and strength in people to develop clear strategies that help overcome life's challenges.
Every person is valuable and has contributions to the development and progress of healing. At Pathways we enjoy learning from each other and developing solutions that could not be found without each other. There are always more possibilities together.
We are all shaped by our childhood experience and are reshaped by our partner-parenting experience. Most joys and pain revolve around our relationships with family. It is a fundamental part of our human experience. Interventions aim at understanding, repairing, and strengthening these relationships. Strengthening Families: strengtheningfamiliesillinois.org
Difficult life experiences early and even later in life can make it difficult to feel at home in community, family, or even inside our own bodies. Pathways Home continues to search out and integrate research into treatment. Therapeutic interventions are implemented to increase understanding of brain trauma and to guide recovery. The Alberta Family Wellness Initiative is a site that collects and provides research about trauma, recovery, and brain development that impacts both our physical and mental health.Alberta Family Wellness
PHFC was developed out of over ten years of serving families in high risk and challenging circumstances. It was found through personal experience and growing research that when children are able to address life's difficulties in a community of connected caregivers and are able to stay connected to caregivers that are close to their hearts, they are more able to recover and adapt. Facilitating connection and repair with past and present caregivers (be it bio-family, adoptive family, or any other caring person) reduces attachment distress and releases adaptive energy that children need in order to continue healthy development.
The PHFC logo was developed to blend the image of a dream catcher and also of a circle of people holding hands, woven together to form and interconnected community of support. I imagine the logo represents ideas like 'dreaming of families together' or 'finding home together.'
"Humankind has not woven the web of life, we are but one thread within it. Whatever we do to the web we do to ourselves. All things are bound together. All things connect." - Chief Seattle, 1854
"A family is a risky venture, because the greater the love, the greater the loss... That's the trade-off. But I'll take it all."
Benjamin Ellingson | M.Sc. Registerd Psychologist
Serving Red Deer and Area
Specializing in family counselling, anxiety, depression,
grief, attachment, and relationship repair.