Aleksandra Gavric Counselling Services

Aleksandra Gavric Counselling Services Aleksandra Gavric is a registered provisional psychologist.


"I didn't want to be like them. That was firmly fixed in my head."

Feeling tired all the time? A new study shows that poor sleep quality can be tied to genetics and serotonin production: ...

Feeling tired all the time? A new study shows that poor sleep quality can be tied to genetics and serotonin production:






“This is an experience everyone has at some point in their lives.”


We want to take a moment tonight to appreciate the dads showing up and creating connections with their children. ♥️

Image credit: Happy as a Mother




Core needs are "must haves" not, "would be nice to have." To successfully compromise, you need to explore what your core needs on the issue are vs. where you can be more flexible.

On the Gottman Relationship Blog, Anna Aslanian, LMFT, shares an example of compromising that may help give you a better understanding of how to do this in your own life. Read it here:


We love this quote from Gordon Neufeld. We must be our children's "homes"-- a place for their hearts to rest.


As part of discovering their very important place in the world, our children and teens will often behave in ways that are, let’s say, wildly short of ‘adorable’. They will explore, experiment, push to find the limits, and exercise their independence. As parents, this can be triumphant and wond...


We're here to help you every step of the way.


In relationships, awkward moments are bound to happen. Those moments can help bring us closer together, though, if we are willing to approach each other's awkwardness with kindness, thoughtfulness, and (when appropriate) a dose of humor.


“Tonight, after 2.5 years of living here, my oldest son sat down at the table with this. He was about to chow down when I stopped him and asked what in the world he was doing.

He said, “I made myself dinner.”

“But it isn’t cooked. I can cook that you know.” (she said)

“Well, I wanted to eat something I used to eat a lot with my old family.”

So we sat down and I asked him to tell me about it. He said that they wouldn’t feed him due to being passed out (you can guess why) and he would have to make dinner for himself and his brothers (2 and 4 months when they came to us). He said that all the money they had would be spent on ci******es and other fun things (😬) and so he would find change in their van and would buy Ramen packets at the store down the street (at 6!!!!).

He said he didn’t know how to boil water, so he would eat it like this. And, he actually grew to like it. So, he would break it up for his sibling, and would try to make bottles for the baby (at 6!!!!!!).

Guys. I asked him to make me some. And, I sat there beside him and crunched it down with lots of water because it’s not great...and he just started talking about how the first time I made them Ramen, he wouldn’t eat it and I told him I remembered. He said it’s because it reminded him of his Ramen packets and he didn’t trust me (big thoughts for 9!).

He said he isn’t sad he’s not with his “old family” (his words) anymore, but that sometimes HE LIKES TO REMEMBER HOW STRONG HE HAD TO BE.

I write this so everyone knows, trauma isn’t healed quickly (sometimes never), an adoption doesn’t erase the past or the memories, kids can change, they will change with love, and to never give up on a kid because “they are hard”.

And then, I walked away in shock, in sadness, and so so so proud of how strong my baby is. He’s so wonderful. And, we love him so much."
~credit to Barren to Blessed


Can emotions really get stuck in the body? Here are the theories and the science behind them.


Do you have “Special Time” with your child?

It’s a powerful way to build connection with your child so you go beyond coexisting together to actually engaging and enjoying each other.

While our children don’t need to be constantly entertained or attached to our hips, special time can help us to have regular, scheduled, quality time so that we can be present with them with intention rather than with resentment or obligation. It honors our boundaries AND meets the child’s need for connection (and ours too!).

What do you do for special time? Comment below!

Image from Becoming Peaceful - Certified Peaceful Parenting Coach


When disasters strike, the flood of images on TV and social media can have a powerful psychological impact on children – whether those children are physically in the line of danger or watching from thousands of miles away.


Research professor Brené Brown has spent a large part of her career looking at shame, which she says has now become an epidemic in society. So how can we better deal with our feelings?



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Edmonton, AB

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Monday 10am - 3pm
Tuesday 10am - 3pm
Friday 10am - 3pm




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