Langley Community Service’s Free Community Counselling Program
Mental Health: The Fine Balance
Mental Health and Well-being is having a healthy balance between your mind (emotional) and body (physical). A balance in the social, physical, spiritual and economic realms of your life allows you to develop the resiliency needed when faced with Life challenges.
Mental health and well-being are interrelated and can be influenced by a family history of illness, life choices, behaviours – positive and negative – as well as environmental stressors such as personal and workplace stress, trauma, coping skills and access to social, medical and mental health supports.
35 Years of Training More Than 600 Intern Counsellors
As a grassroots agency that pioneered the program model in Langley, Langley Community Services offers a free community counselling program. LCSS is proud to offer to have trained and supported more than 600 new counsellors over the past 35 years. Counsellors leave LCSS having fulfilled their practicum requirements ready to receive a professional designation. The next round of new student counsellors will join LCSS in January.
Battling Anxiety: My Story
Brian: I’ve always been that quiet, nervous person in the back of the room. Meeting people for the first time or trying something new has always been excruciating for me. I spent a great deal of my time imagining all sort of calamities and ways that things will go wrong. These thoughts kept me from sleeping, sometimes from eating, and, because I was desperate to be invisible, prevented me from enjoying life. Now, in counselling, I know what the problem is – anxiety. And I’m learning to balance out the anxiety with strategies to cope and I’m starting to enjoy my life.
Mental Health: Regain Your Sense of Meaning
Improving your Mental Health enables you to have greater confidence and increased self-esteem. When we are mentally healthy, we are
more positive towards life and the people within our social circles. We have increased energy, are able to be more creative, can take on more risks and cope with life stressors with greater ease. We’ve all heard or read about how to improve our Mental Health and Well-Being through exercise, eating right, reducing and managing stress. But there’s a difference between knowing and doing – and sometimes the problems and stressors prevent us from doing and being our best selves. Sometimes we need help to regain our sense of meaning and purpose, to learn new strategies for coping, to find balance between work and play and maintain fulfilling relationships. And that’s where counselling can serve you.
Community Counselling Program Helps Improve Your Mental Health and Well-Being!
Community Counselling is a free counselling service that has been offered to Langley and Aldergrove residents since the mid 80’s. The
program provides a confidential and nonjudgmental space for clients to address challenges be they emotional, situational or relational. LCSS serves all Langley residents inclusive of the LGBTQ2AI+ community. Counselling provides solid strategies, techniques, and frameworks to strengthen and improve client’s view, mood, life balance and resiliency. We all, at one time or another, are faced with an issue we are not able to navigate on our own. Whether you are seeking child or youth counselling, individual counselling, parenting or co-parenting counselling, or couples counselling, our counsellors are compassionate, empathetic, and committed to helping you.
The Community Counselling program delivered more than 1400 hours of counselling to over 240 couples and individuals last year. Since opening in the early 1980’s, Langley Community Services Society is proud to have provided more than 40,000 hours of free counselling, helping over 7000 individuals and couples over the last 35 years though this program alone.
Feeling Ashamed: My Story as a Parent
Suzanne: I thought I was incapable of being a good parent. I was having more problems parenting and being a wife than anyone I knew. I felt like a failure and was ashamed, so I never told anyone how much I struggled. Stressed out I finally went to my doctor who suggested counselling and that’s where I found out how out of balance my life was. I gained insights into my struggles and the reasons around them, learned how to structure my life so I, and my family could finally get what we each need – at least some of the time. With this new awareness and a much more balanced life I feel happier and more confident and that is making me a better parent and wife.
What Are Your Challenges?
Our free counselling program offers service to children, youth, individuals,
couples, and parents with:
Marriage and relationship issues
Dealing with separation, divorce and blended families
Coping with the symptoms of trauma and abuse (emotional, physical, and sexual)
Feelings of unhappiness and hopelessness
Life transitions (moving, changing jobs, leaving home, medical diagnosis)
Feeling symptoms of stress, anxiety, depression (post-partum depression)
Behaviours or feelings that are harmful to self
Coping with grief and loss
Concerns about body image
Childhood and adolescent Issues
Vocational and workplace issues
Cross cultural issues with spouse and children
Issues related to divorce
Parent/child/ teen conflicts
Inability to concentrate
Healing from your trauma
Feeling not wanting to be around friends and family
Substance use or substance counselling for youth
Benefits of Counselling Service
Our Counselling Sessions will help you to:
Resolve conflicts more effectively
Create harmonious relationships
Cope with stress
Increase self-esteem and confidence
Manage harmful behaviours
Understand your loved ones better
Find balance in life
Deal with life problems more effectively
Improve your physical and emotional well being
Understand yourself better
Learn how to express your feelings more effectively
Learn to let go of the past and move forward
Have a more positive outlook and live a healthier lifestyle