This ‘program’ refers to all the people that we see from age 6 to seniors who do not fall into any of the specialized programs or groups. It represents the majority of the people who come through the doors. All the counsellors are trained and experienced to work within this group but we match specific needs as stated on the referral form with the various counsellor’s areas of experience.
Counselling can be BRIEF and SOLUTION FOCUSSED which normally results in 3 or 4 sessions that are thorough and to the point in finding some relief and solutions to the situations. If the situation requires more time, up to 10 sessions are provided. In some cases, counselling for a long time may be possible. Fees are geared to income for this service, ranging from $0 to $125/hr depending on income. Payment arrangements are made at the office after the initial assessment is completed.
Anger Management groups are provided for men and women. Groups tend to range from 10–12 participants. Men’s and women’s groups are facilitated by experienced facilitators. Individuals learn different strategies to deal with stressful or problematic situations. A cognitive-behavioural approach is presented to examine and reflect upon individuals’ emotions, thoughts and behaviours. This group will introduce a variety of strategies to assist men and women to build insight and awareness into complex emotions and learn increased coping skills.
Both individual and group counselling is available for children who have lived in homes or situations that resulted in their being witness to interpersonal violence.
Separate 12-week programs are offered to men and women who are legally mandated to attend because of intimate partner violence. This is an open group for men and a scheduled group for women. The curriculum is defined by the Ministry of the Attorney General and is delivered by experienced co-facilitators who use a variety of tools to make the sessions powerful and meaningful to the participants.