SAIF's Counselling Programs
All of our counselling is strength based and solution focused. This is short term counselling, provided free of charge, to provide intervention in, and/or prevention of, abusive relationships. We offer this program to adults & youth (ages 12-17) of all genders. Our programs are open to residents of St Albert, Sturgeon County & the surrounding areas. If you've experienced and/or witnessed family abuse, we're happy to talk with you. Please note: all counselling programs are subject to an intake and informed consent process.
Our individual counselling sessions are 50 minutes long (with 10 minutes to update case notes).
Please note: not everyone is ready for our counselling programs. If you are in immediate danger, please call 911. If you need support services related to income, housing, legal, etc. we will refer you to the appropriate resources but please note, our intakes are not conducted everyday. When you call or email us, we schedule a 20 minute pre-screen over the phone. If counselling services are requested & appropriate for your situation, we'll schedule an in-person 1 hour intake with one of our counsellors.
If you are looking for immediate resources, please check out the Info & Resources tab.
We accept referrals from other organizations, medical professionals as well as individuals calling on behalf of themselves or a loved one.
"When we talk about our feelings, they become less overwhelming, less upsetting, and less scary." - Mr. Rogers
Individual Adult Counselling
We offer a max. of 10 sessions per client to work on things like safety planning, coping skills, setting boundaries, & working towards healing.
Please note: we always have a duty to report when we believe a child is in danger. We ask for informed consent prior to a pre-screen call & again prior to a full intake.
We offer short (15-20 min) phone consults with our clinicians for those who have been impacted by abuse. It's the first step to getting an intake for any of our counselling services; provides referrals and resources for those who may have exhausted counselling options with us or need other supports; & allow us to help update or develop safety plans & other services.
Individual Youth Counselling
We offer youth (ages 12-17) a max. of 10 sessions to work on things like safety planning, coping skills to reduce self harming behaviours, setting boundaries, & working towards healing.
Please note: informed consent from both parents/legal guardians is usually required for minors.
We do not accept
With a small team, we are simply not staffed to meet the needs of drop in clients. Please call or email to make an appointment with an intake worker. Thank you.
Appointments to access our services
The best and most direct way to access our services is to call or email us. We do require informed consent which we share with you during our intake process.
Who can we offer services to?
We serve residents of St Albert, Sturgeon County, Parkland County & the surrounding areas. At this time, we are not able to provide counselling services to Edmonton , Spruce Grove, & Stony Plain residents.