Group Therapy

The following groups are currently being offered: Fall/Winter/Spring with continuous Intake.

Group Therapy

You’re Braver Than You Think

This 8-week group is for anyone who experiences a reduced quality of life or ability to function due to anxiety.  The group  targets anxiety whether you experience panic attacks, agoraphobia, social anxiety, obsessive-compulsive disorder, phobias or generalized anxiety.  Working from a Cognitive Behavioral Therapy approach, or CBT, this evidence-based anxiety group provides skills that encourage you to make behavioral changes in the way you respond to anxiety, helping you to discover that you really are “braver than you think.”

ACT on Depression

The program is based on Acceptance and Commitment Therapy concepts.  The ACT on Depression Group is designed to assist individuals who are struggling with symptoms of depression.  The skills taught will help participants break the cycle of depression, reconnect with a sense of meaning and engage in worthwhile activity.   Working through the material with the group provides a consistent and structured environment where you may interact with others and receive positive feedback and support.

Healthy Attachments

The Healthy Attachments group is an 8 week psycho-educational group. Your family of origin and the impact of your upbringing on who you’ve become as an adult is explored. We will discuss concepts such as emotional boundaries, co-dependency, core beliefs, thinking mistakes and emotional literacy.  We will learn about the importance of self-care, assertiveness and healing your inner child while looking at future goals and moving forward with self-compassion and kindness.

Learning about your style of attachment you will increase your insight about your patterns of relating to others.  This gives you the power to make healthy changes in your life, and to work towards developing secure relationships that you deserve.

Life Beyond Trauma

This group is based on Acceptance and Commitment Therapy to heal from post-traumatic stress and other trauma-related symptoms.  The group is designed to help you develop mindfulness, acceptance and valued action skills to understand and deal effectively with your trauma symptoms.

Some of the topics include: Understanding Trauma, Building a Safe Foundation with Mindfulness, Pain Versus Suffering, and Control is the Problem, Letting Go of the Struggle, Barriers to Acceptance, Creating a Valued Life, Skills in Relationship and Moving Forward in Your Life.

Managing Powerful Emotions

Managing Powerful Emotions (MPE) is a 20 week group treatment program designed specifically for individuals who have difficulties with handling crises, unstable emotional reactions and impulsivity. There are three topics—emotion regulation (how to gain more control of your moods), distress tolerance (how to get through a crisis without making it worse) and mindfulness (increasing control over your mind). There is homework every week related to these topics.

Social Recreation

This group assists clients in reducing social isolation, in linking them to supports in the surrounding communities, and enhancing their quality of life through social and physical participation.

Buried in Treasures – Hoarding / Decluttering Skills Group

This group is designed to educate and increase awareness and support motivation to change.  We develop skills to understand and deal effectively with symptoms of Hoarding/Acquiring; bringing together people with similar issues to provide their knowledge, experience, emotional, social or practical support for each other creates an incredible tool for hope and recovery.

SMART Recovery

Smart 4-point Program highlights self-empowerment, life balance and destigmatizing addiction.  Smart Recovery is designed to help people find the power to change behaviours which get in the way of their health. The self-empowering discussions include science-based tools to enable participants to become increasingly self-reliant in their efforts to change and lead lives that are more meaningful, productive and connected.  There is a focus coping tools and how to apply them in various situations. Currently this service is offered on an individual basis.

Youth Wellness Group (ages 17-24)

The Youth Wellness Group is an eight-week group that focuses on regulating skills, mindfulness, relationship building and overall wellness. In this group participants will learn about emotion, regulating their nervous system and will leave the group with their own tailored resource map. This group incorporates DBT skills, mindfulness, and polyvagal theory to support youth in understanding and reflecting on their own wellness.

Youth Group (ages 17-24)

Support for youth to build and develop tools to successfully navigate and participate in the community as young adults. Empower youth to be self-advocates in finding and accessing services/resources that meet their needs and better their well-being.

Develop your own “Toolkit”:

  • Individual skills – psycho-education, direct skill- teaching, practice, etc.
  • Community connections – inviting members of the community that are “experts” on various topics to introduce youth to services available in the community
  • Peer support – a safe place to share and feel connected