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Tides rises and tides falls. We cannot stay in spring forever, leaves will fall, air will chill and sometimes it is not the strongest, most intelligent of us that survive, but the most responsive to change.

Himalaya, India,1997 – a journey told by an unknown psychologist “We begin our Himalayan trek as strangers with a common goal. A Sikkimese guide led the way, wearing tennis shoes, thin cotton pants, a lightweight jacket, and a rag bandanna. By the fifth day, two climbers had succumbed to altitude sickness, one carried back to […]

An invitation to our Community, challenged by the Lock-down.

The past 7 weeks has confronted each one of us with challenges that we have not experienced before.  The Covit-19 pandemic has a devastating effect on many people in our community, -emotionally, spiritually, socially, and intellectually.  Emotionally people feel uncertain, insecure, scared, depressed, downhearted and in fear of the unknown.  Spiritually some may rationalise these […]

Questions are like the mountain climber’s hook-on-the-end-of-a-rope: we throw the hook into the unknown, and we pull ourselves into the future. But we need to learn how and where to throw, so that we pull ourselves into a better future (Schön,2002).

As we wrestle with each new challenge in life, we ask ourselves and others a continuous stream of questions. Question-asking is one of the main ways that we try to get a grip on whatever is going on. Asking questions can allow us to start thinking about the unknown, because questions focus our attention, and […]

Practical training for counsellors and caretakers

2020 This program will be valuable for: Registered Counsellors, on how to settle into your practice. (Choose any of the modules below) Anyone with a passion to care for others. People doing voluntary work, needing knowledge and practical experience. (All modules) -Individuals in ministry on an entrance level 4 qualification (matric) plus two-years ministry experience. […]

Communication – a few hints.

We have all experiences the frustration of being misunderstood, not being listened to, emotio­nal moods, expectations not being met, different beliefs, etc.  To have a great relationship, both of you must be able to fearlessly express your beliefs, concerns and preferences authentically.  Escalation, invalidation, withdrawal and negative patterns make it unsafe to express your real […]