Demand on the rise for Africa Centre’s free counselling services in Alberta

Lisa Cyuzuzo always intended to undergo therapy but the Africa Centre’s mental health clinic made counselling feasible.

Launched in January 2021, demand has now tripled at the Africa Centre Mental Health Counselling Clinic where clients can access culturally sensitive therapy for free.

“It was just a no-brainer for me, it being free and offering African Black Caribbean therapists,” said Cyuzuzo, 23, a psychology student at the time, and the child of survivors of the Rwandan genocide, who still works with her counsellor two years onward.

“There’s just this understanding that I didn’t really have to explain to someone who might not have that cultural competency or safety lens.”

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