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The hustle and bustle of getting back to our normal routines after a well-deserved vacation is upon us! Some say, “it’s the most wonderful time of the year!” as kids head back to school; others, not so much. This time of year can be stressful, overwhelming, and daunting. We know that early planning, clear communication, and setting expectations can help. So, let us help you.

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Change of the Seasons: Change of Concerns?

This time of the year with some major transitions can bring about a variety of concerns, emotions and thoughts, for both children and adults. Children are mostly faced with the anxiety and nervousness of a new school year, parents worry about their children and themselves, and some adults are heading back for another year of post-secondary school.

It is common that we see:

Feelings of stress, which can show up in physical ways such as lack of sleep, poor eating habits, reduced physical activity, and strained relationships (with reported increased irritability).

  • Stresses for children returning to school could be focused on the pressures of academic and athletic achievement, changing friendships/relationships, challenges with navigating social media, finding a balance for all commitments; all while still growing, developing and discovering their own identities.
  • Stresses for adults with children will likely be heavily influenced by their feelings about their children for the new school year, in addition to their own personal and career/job commitments.
  • Adults returning to post-secondary school face unique challenges with likely increasingly difficult and different studies, pressures of financial concerns, sometimes navigating both school and work, as well as various friendships/relationships, in addition to determining and making choices about future career/job paths.

Feelings of anxiety, with increased worries, anticipation and nervousness, as well as fear of the “unknown”, and fears of failure.

  • Anxiety for children returning to school can be rooted in fear of the “unknown” and in our ever-changing environment with changes to virtual and in-person teaching, children are navigating new styles of learning. Children might also be worrying about their own academic and athletic achievement, social life, teachers, and family members.
  • Anxiety for adults with children can be centered on worry about their children, financial concerns with increasing costs of living, balancing commitments to children, work, and social and intimate relationships.
  • For individuals returning to post-secondary studies, they are faced with anxiety related to increasing tuition costs, ensuring social and intimate relationships are maintained while remaining committed to studies, and likely concerned for the future in terms of potential careers/jobs and relationships.

How can we support you?

Individual Counselling

Individual counselling sessions are available to everyone seeking support. These sessions focus on the individual’s concerns, working collaboratively with the counsellor to find solutions.

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Couples & Family Counselling

Couples and family counselling focuses on concerns and challenges within relationship dynamics. We are an approved resource for Family Support for Children with Disabilities (FSCD).

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Occupational Therapy

Occupational Therapy specializes in helping you achieve the things in life that you need or want to do, but in a way that will fit specifically for you.

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Group Thearpy

Group therapy is about people coming together, with guidance, to make life improvements.

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Simply Support Sessions

Simply Support Sessions are an opportunity to receive support from a Registered Professional Therapist at a more cost-effective rate than individual therapy, providing a chance to maximize your benefits budget.

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“Simply” Getting Back to School for Parents & Children

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In the spirit of respect and truth, Simply Counselling Services acknowledges the traditional territories of the people of the Treaty 7 region in Southern Alberta, which includes the Blackfoot Confederacy (comprising the Siksika, Piikani, and Kainai First Nations), as well as the Tsuut’ina First Nation, and the Stoney Nakoda (including the Chiniki, Bearspaw, and Wesley First Nations). The City of Calgary is also home to Métis Nation of Alberta, Region III.