Band Together

Connect Groups

It is so important to check in with each other during this time of social distancing and isolation due to the Covid-19 pandemic. Thank you to everyone who participated in our FREE April connect groups!

To help support the mental and emotional health of our community, we have partned with certified counsellors and a trained mindfulness coach to give our community the chance to get connected and receive support during this challenging time.

You are not alone if you are experiencing heightened feelings of isolation, anxiety, depression, hopelessness or fear. The more we can truly ‘band together’ at this point in time, the stronger we will come out the other side.

We offered these groups free for the month of April and are now in the process of pursuing funding to continue to be able to offer these meaningful opportunities to you!

OUR PARTNER COUNSELORS & EXPERTS 

We are currently in the process of applying for funding to be able to continue to offer our community the chance to connect with certified counselors and experts both now and into the future. We are confident in the value that meaningful connection provides to our mental health and will continue to pursue means to provide this type of opportunity to our community!

 

Geordy Murphy

Geordy Murphy

Masters in Counselling Psychology & Certified Canadian Counsellor

I’m passionate about helping people and understand how difficult life can be for people because I have lived through a lot and have appreciated having others to walk alongside me in my journey. I know that it can be difficult for some people to even get the courage to finally go to counselling. I believe that the online platform can give people the opportunity to have a convenient way of getting support. I am Client Centered and believe in genuineness, empathy and unconditional positive regard for those I work with. I would love to join you on your health journey.

Jennifer Banas

Jennifer Banas

Registered Professional Counsellor & Certified Clinical Trauma Professional

Jenn is the founder and director of Parkland Wellness Center and Refugee Welcome Space. She is an Ordained Minister, Registered Professional Counsellor and Certified Clinical Trauma Professional. When meeting with Jenn, you can expect a warm, caring and unconditional space that allows for good conversation, a sense that you are being heard and cared for and helpful tools to empower you to move forward in your goals. Jenn has experience in processing trauma, depression, anxiety, loss and crisis, self esteem/identity, conflict management and emotional regulation. In order to support you in your counselling journey, Jenn is skilled in Cognitive Behavioural Therapy, Emotional Freedom Technique, Gottman Approach to Couples Therapy, Trauma Informed Approach, Person Centered Therapy, Prayer Counselling Method, Crisis Intervention and ASSIST Suicide intervention.

April Prescott

April Prescott

Mindfulness & Meditation Coach

Life can be overwhelming. By using strategies anchored in mindfulness and movement, April’s vision is to help others achieve greatness! Whether you are an athlete, professional or parent, April can help you develop skills to enhance your daily living towards excellence!

Joshua G. Waters

Joshua G. Waters

Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist (LMFT)

Struggling to understand what’s happening in your life? Having problems with your partner or lack thereof, your family, your social life, your work… perhaps even with knowing who you really are? My goal is to help you explore these uncomfortable questions in a safe and productive environment. I am committed to helping you reconcile hurts, differences, disappointments, and losses so that you can live with greater grace, respect, and strength than you’d felt before. Working from a holistic lens, I find it important to explore the many ways in which the world around us has shaped and changed our thoughts, feelings, and experiences.

SHARE YOUR STORY

A place to anonymously share your mental and emotional health journey in order to break through fear, shame and isolation. You can also read the stories of others. There is significant healing in taking the vulnerable step to share your experience and put words to the journey you have walked. All stories are received and posted anonymously.

WEAR YOUR STORY

Band Together bracelets give you a tangible reminder that you are never alone in your struggles and that at your core, you are an overcomer. The bracelets were created with significant intention, right from the design including three white beads to the colours of the beads themselves. Wear your band with purpose and for solidarity – you are never alone!

GET CONNECTED

A place to dive deeper into conversation and content to help support you in your mental health journey. Our podcast, blog post and community forums offer a place for you to connect with others who are facing similar struggles. We want you to experience authentic connection with the Band Together Community and receive support as you pursue your mental and emotional health.

BAND TOGETHER PODCAST

A podcast focused on breaking the silence and bringing hope to the Mental Health Community. Join us weekly for captivating interviews with experts in their fields as well as members of our community. This raw, authentic and thought provoking content is meant to support and encourage on your path to positive mental health.

BAND TOGETHER BLOG

Weekly thought provoking and informative blog content from contributors including a mindfulness expert, counsellor, dietician as well as our community. We have partnered with a diverse group of blog contributors including counsellors, a family and marriage therapist, a mindfulness and meditation expert as well as members of our community. Read up on a variety of topics or use the keyword search to find topics of interest.