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"Communication does not depend on syntax, or eloquence, or rhetoric, or articulation but on the emotional context in which the message is being heard. People can only hear you when they are moving toward you, and they are not likely to when your words are pursuing them. Even the choicest words lose their power when they are used to overpower. Attitudes are the real figures of speech.” - Edwin Friedman

At Triune Systems we see a lot of people who are experiencing difficulty in their life circumstances or who simply want to improve their ability to navigate themselves effectively in their lives (marriage, family, extended family, workplace, community, etc).

We welcome anyone interested in individual or couple's counselling. We enjoy working with people in a variety of areas:
  • Marriage/Relationships
  • Stress
  • Anxiety
  • Depression
  • Life transition
  • Grief
  • Trauma
  • Workplace issues
  • Weight issues
  • Eating disorders
  • Life Coaching
  • Healthy lifestyle
  • Panic
  • Women's issues
  • Men's issues
  • Spirituality
  • Self-esteem
  • And much more...

Individual Counselling

People seek out individual counselling for many reasons. Some want to improve their ability to manage personal challenges, such as depression, anxiety, or stress. Some people want to find ways to improve and navigate themselves in their families or workplace. Others want to find ways to get their lives back on track again and/or experience a higher level of satisfaction and enjoyment out of their lives.

Couples Counselling

Our approach with couples is to address each person as a resourceful human being who is capable of creating positive change in the relationship. We believe that each person in the relationship is ultimately responsible for the destiny of the relationship and for their own personal life satisfaction. We believe that the qualities of openness, equality, honesty, and personal responsibility make up a healthy relationship. All couples are welcome, whether you are in a relationship crisis or simply want to make your good relationship even better.

Trauma Counselling

When a person experiences a "trauma" or "negative life experience," it can get be so upsetting to the person that it gets stuck, so to speak. When this happens, the original thoughts, feelings, images, and body sensations remain unprocessed and can inhibit the person's ability to move forward in life. We help people process through trauma so that people are more able to let traumas go and move forward in life with less baggage from the past.

Our Intention

Dean and Jennifer are passionate about helping people navigate themselves through the difficult life situations that we all find ourselves in from time to time. We enjoy assisting people towards ever greater levels of personal ability, responsibility, and relationship skills to achieve the most out of their lives and to be focused on their optimal life path. We use humor and a variety of therapeutic skills and challenges to help our client's think differently about their situation, obtain more clarity about themselves, and work towards positive change in their lives. We believe that everyone has the capacity to be a true leader in their lives and to be the instigator of the change they would like to see in their world. Counselling is typically short term (3-12 sessions) but can also be longer, depending on individual need. Most insurance plans reimburse the cost of sessions with a Registered Psychologist. Please check with your individual plan for information about coverage. We suggest for people who do not have insurance plans or whose plans do not cover all of the counselling fees and who pay "out of pocket", to consider counselling a personal investment in your health and wellness and to prioritize it accordingly.

Healthy Weight Management

Jennifer has developed a program for clients, based on some of the latest treatment methods and research, focusing on healthy weight maintenance.

This program involves several components including:
  • Information about healthy weight
  • Creating goals
  • Addressing resistance to maintaining a healthy weight
  • Restructuring daily routine to incorporate activities that promote health and wellness
  • Addressing underlying issues that drive unhealthy behaviors (emotions and negative life experiences)
  • Stress management
  • Relationship skills
  • Life purpose, priorities, and goal planning
  • Self-esteem

What is emotional eating?

When people look to food for comfort, soothing, numbing, or escaping their negative emotions, they really are hungry for something, but it isn't food. We all are seeking ways to make us feel better. Almost everyone needs ways to help them calm down on a daily basis. Food is a method of self-soothing for almost everyone. It becomes a problem when it is the PREFERRED or ONLY method of soothing and when it leads to physical, emotional, and mental difficulties that inhibit healthy daily functioning. If you have been using food to self-sooth, please don't judge yourself or react with criticism. You are probably doing this because eating is the primary way that you know how to take care of yourself. It is an attempt to care for yourself, it's just not working very well. Food is a preferred method for so many because it is cheap, legal, easy to get, and takes advantage of a built-in biological drive. Eating is a complex behavior. It is driven not only by biological hunger, but also by many psychological, emotional, nutritional, social, and economic factors. Food has become a 21 century obsession along with its related behaviors, including emotional eating, binge eating, purging, and restricting.

The Statistics on Obesity

2011 Statistic Canada data showed that 18.3% of adults over the age 18 (4.6 million Canadians) were obese. When "overweight" was included in the category, 60.1% of men (7.6 million Canadians) and 44.2% of women (5.6 million Canadians) had increased health risk because of excess weight. Statistics Canada data showed that between 2009 –2011 approximately 1/3 of Canadian children between the ages of 5 and17 were identified as overweight or obese. One of the most influential factors of childhood obesity is the way parents model eating and exercise in the home. Obesity has been linked to several diseases, including hypertension, type 2 diabetes, cardiovascular disease, osteoarthritis, and certain types of cancer.

Who is this program for?

  • Anyone who wants to improve their relationship with food and focus on healthy weight
  • People who are considering or have undergone bariatric surgery
  • People who struggle with eating disorders, including bulimia and binge-eating disorder

Counselling is used to address the factors that contribute to weight problems and enhance your ability to get healthy and stay healthy. Counselling provides a treatment plan that is tailored specifically for your unique needs to boost your success at long-term healthy weight management.

We focus on addressing the emotional roots of the problem to help you move forward with fewer blocks. We retrain your brain to think differently about your relationship with food. We appeal to your own willpower and self-discipline to get you on a life path that fits more with the person you want to be at this time in your life. This program in its entirety consists of approximately 15-20 sessions over the course of approximately 6 months. We plan approximately 8 weekly sessions, approximately 8-10 biweekly sessions, and a 1 month check-in. You are welcome to do as much of this program as fits your needs and you are free to stop at any time. The intention is to tailor the program to your own individual situation and needs as much as possible to create results that are unique for you.

The Benefits You Receive from Healthy Weight Management
  • Identify personal goals for wellness.
  • Lessen blocks and resistance to achieving your goals and enhance your ability to truly achieve your goals.
  • Make decisions about restructuring your life to prioritize your wellness, including meal planning, diet, exercise routine, and sleep habits.
  • Achieve insight about the underlying psychological drivers that are influencing your relationship with food and weight.
  • Address some of the psychological issues connected to problems with healthy weight to empower you to achieve and maintain your goals more easily.
  • Increase your awareness of how your relationships are influencing your struggles with food and weight and manage yourself better in relationships to lessen their negative influence on you.
  • Increase your awareness of how stress impacts your wellness and empower you to manage stress more effectively so it doesn't have as much influence on your eating and weight management.
  • Increase your awareness of how the experience of feeling off track with your life purpose may contribute to challenges with food and weight.
  • Identify and plan priorities and future goals to empower you to maintain your positive changes and continue to create positive change in your life to feel more on track with your life purpose.
  • Increase your awareness of how to maintain your positive changes over time.
To get more information or to book an appointment, call us at (780) 874-0335 or email us at:


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