Welcome to the Healing Family Matters Counselling Blog

Hi! I'm Niki Hardick and I’m the owner/founder of HFM’s.  I wanted to introduce myself and talk a little about my mission. I am a Registered Professional Counsellor-C and a good member in standing with the Canadian Professional Counsellors Association and the International Association for Sand Tray Therapist. I'm an integrative therapist, which means I use the best techniques from all the different modalities of therapy to find which ones will benefit you and your family the best.  I use Expressive Arts, Therapeutic Play, Cognitive Behavior Therapy, Narrative Therapy, Sand Tray Therapy and many more modalities. But who am I really? I am a jeans and t-shirt kind of girl, pretty laid back with a warped sense of humor (or so I am told…ha ha!) I enjoy reading, quilting, horses, quadding, camping and fishing.  I'm a Mom of 9 children… Yes your read that right lol One girl (our oldest and only girl) and 8 boys! 👪 6 of my boys have special needs, learning disabilities with major regular behaviours that makes you seriously want to stick your head in the sand and pretend things aren’t happening. By the way… just so you know, that technique doesn’t work 😳 Thankfully I have survived (or so far anyways) and my husband and I are brand new empty nesters and proud grandparents right now!! After years of attending counselling and programs that told me what my boy’s problems were (which I already had a pretty good idea of)… what they couldn’t give me were ways to actually deal with the behaviours!  This is what inspired me and got me back into school. I want to give you those strategies, techniques and tools that I have developed, used and tested…that actually work!  These tools are common sense and easy to use. I know you don’t have a lifetime to learn how to implement them.  These tools are for parents that are already overwhelmed, exhausted and don’t know if they can do one more thing without losing it. I have been there! Seriously… I understand the exhaustion, self-doubt and the negative thoughts! I want to help you pull yourself up and feel in-control of your life. Not feel like you’re on a wild roller coaster ride! 🎢 The purpose of this blog is to give you short snippets of things you can try.  I will be here to support you and answer questions. I don’t want to flood your inbox with meaningless emails! I want to deliver tried and true techniques that work!  I want to give you value for your time, which I know is limited and precious. I am grateful you have taken the time to get to know me a little and what I stand for. I look forward to helping you in the future. Please look for my future blogs! Sending strength and courage your way to help you to start this journey and maybe allowing me to support you through it…  I so want you to be able to take back your life and find balance in the future :) Questions or Comments? I’d love to hear from you!