Who We Are
Calgary Counselling Centre is a charitable organization committed to providing compassionate, professional, and affordable counselling services to Calgarians.
Through counselling and group programs, the Centre helps individuals, couples, parents, families, and youth resolve emotional and social problems. Through its ongoing research and education programs, Calgary Counselling Centre strives to meet the changing needs of our community.
Starting from a small team of dedicated individuals and a few programs, Calgary Counselling Centre has grown to be a recognized leader in the treatment of family violence, depression, children’s programs, eating disorders, research, training, and education.
Improving the well-being of individuals and families and strengthening communities by delivering best practices in counselling, training and research.
To be the pre-eminent Centre of Excellence boldly transforming counselling to inspire personal growth and social change.
As a charitable institution, Calgary Counselling Centre owes a great deal of gratitude to our donors and financial supporters. In order to continue serving our community, we appreciate the numerous organizations, foundations, corporations, and individuals who generously donated their time, talent, and financial support. Without these ongoing contributions, we would not be able to continue to offer the high quality of service that we provide.
Calgary Counselling Centre currently has almost 60 full-time, part-time and contract staff. In addition to regular and contract staff, the Centre supports 25 interns and 12 residents throughout the year. Services are provided by multi-disciplinary staff including psychologists, registered marriage and family therapists and registered social workers, pastoral counsellors, and dieticians. Interns and residents in the Calgary Counselling Centre’s training program provide treatment under the supervision of senior staff.
Calgary Counselling Centre has established official partnerships with 33 other community agencies and mental/social health organizations in our community. These relationships range from referral sources to program support to mandated counselling services. It is important for the Centre to coordinate with its partners in the community in order to avoid duplication of services and competition for funding and profile.
Calgary Counselling Centre began its life in 1962 when it was established as the Pastoral Institute by a dedicated, young Minister with a vision, a small but tireless circle of supporters, and one room in the basement of the Calgary Central United Church. The need for such an institution was immediately obvious as people flooded through the doors.
Since 1962, Calgary’s population has more than tripled. The Centre has seen a lot of growth and change as well. During the 50 years Calgary Counselling Centre has existed, thousands of people have found ways to help themselves at the Centre.
Today, Calgary Counselling Centre addresses almost 8,000 new requests for service per year, employs over 60 full and part-time clinical staff and has a reputable Board of Directors. The Centre has grown and changed, but at our base are the same core values that have allowed us to make a difference in the lives of many.
Looking to the future, Calgary Counselling Centre recognizes the need to continue to adapt to community needs by finding ways to support and strengthen families, the community, and to reach out to individuals to eliminate barriers to accessing the Centre’s services.