Counselling Services

Counselling Services


Counselling Services available at the MFRC

Counselling Services available at the MFRC
Our MFRC Counsellors offer information, referral, and short-term counselling support for military families and can work with individuals, couples, and families, including children and youth.

We provide free, confidential services and offer support and validation in a culturally sensitive environment, assisting military families with concerns such as:                        

  • Deployment adjustment
  • Coping skill development
  • Grief and Loss difficulties
  • Relationships
  • Depression
  • Anxiety
  • Stress Management

We can provide services via telephone and using virtual counselling programming which can link you and your counsellor face-to-face in a safe and confidential manner. 

To make an appointment, contact the MFRC at 204-765-3000 ext 3352 to be connected to one of our counsellors.

If you need immediate crisis services, please contact the Family Information Line at 1-800-866-4546.

Counselling Service Programs 

Our Prevention, Support, and Intervention Coordinator (PSI) offers information, referral, and short-term support for individuals, couples and families.

The service is confidential, free, and include (but are not limited to):

  • Assisting clients in dealing with issues and situations they find personally challenging.
  • A chance to be heard without judgment by someone outside of their situation.
  • Acquiring knowledge and learning new skills to enable clients to create their own solutions to their situation.
  • Assistance can be provided for a variety of issues such as deployment, relationships, parenting, youth and teen difficulties, stress, grief, loss, anxiety and self-esteem.
  • Referrals are available for agencies and services in Brandon and/or for Base services such as medical, financial, Base Social Worker, Padre, school counsellor and food bank. Referrals can also be given for other Shilo MFRC services or for any MFRC in Canada.
  • Groups and Workshops: topics covered include deployment related issues, parenting, stress, self-care and relationships. The groups and workshops are offered at various times throughout the year. Please check our event calendar for dates and times.

To make an appointment, or for more information contact:

Lindsay Ruddick
204-765-3000 ext. 4106

If you need immediate crisis services, please contact the Family Information Line at 1-800-866-4546.

Family Support for Ill or Injured CF Members 

Our Family Liaison Officers (FLO) offer services in the form of both direct counselling and comprehensive referral services for Canadian Forces families and Veterans who are ill or injured. This service is co-located with other affiliate service providers at the Transition Centre (TC) (Building L-106, immediately to the north of Base Headquarters). This service is free of charge and confidential.

The FLO’s are a specialized service to assist family members with the following concerns:

  • Support injured and ill CF members, veterans, and their families
  • Aid the families of these individuals by implementing flexible and voluntary social support services, customized to the specific requirements of each family.
  • Work with individuals, couples, and families to assist the recovery and rehabilitation of the entire family unit. 
  • The multi-disciplinary nature of the TC team allows for fast and efficient coordination of various different services, all located under one roof.

For further information or to schedule an appointment, contact either member of our FLO team. 

Carolyn Senchuk-Lavergne
204-765-3000 ext. 3627

Ryan Blackman
204-765-3000 ext. 3329

If you need immediate crisis services, please contact the Family Information Line at 1-800-866-4546.

Tolerance for Uncertainty: A COVID-19 Workbook
We all have times where we feel uncertain or anxious about our lives, and the current world circumstances may bring this more to light than usual. We would like to share this workbook with you to offer some assistance managing emotions and thoughts right now. If you would like a hard copy of this workbook, please contact Carolyn or Ryan at the emails above, to arrange a time to pick up or drop off.