Groups

We offer a range of groups for children, teens, and adults. Groups offer you (or your child) the opportunity to receive therapeutic care at a lower cost, and helps connect you with others who are struggling with similar problems. Groups allow for social interaction and connection, while learning important skills and concepts to help promote wellbeing. Our groups are usually not an appropriate therapy modality for processing serious mental health issues or trauma, but if you are looking to learn skills and practices to promote general mental health, self-care, and to reduce mild symptoms of anxiety or depression, our groups may be appropriate for you.

Our groups sometimes change, and not all groups are offered throughout the year. Please contact us directly to find out about upcoming groups, and the related costs and details.

Program for the Education and Enrichment of Relational Skills (PEERS)

The Program for the Education and Enrichment of Relational Skills (PEERS) is a manualized, evidence-based, social skills training intervention for youth with social challenges, which has strong evidence for use with adolescents and young adults with autism spectrum disorder, but is also appropriate for adolescents and young adults with ADHD, anxiety, depression, and other socioemotional problems.

Lesson topics include:

  • How to have an appropriate two-way conversation
  • How to start, join, and exit a conversation appropriately
  • How to appropriately introduce yourself to others
  • How to find common interests by trading information
  • How to choose appropriate friends
  • How to use humor appropriately
  • How to make phone calls to friends
  • How to plan a get-together
  • How to handle arguments and show good sportsmanship
  • How to handle teasing, gossip, rejection and bullying
  • How to change a bad reputation

Kids Anxiety Group

  • 8 sessions
  • Ages (7 to 9) and (10 to 13)

Our Anxiety Group for Kids is designed to teach children how to recognize and manage their anxious thoughts and feelings. Sessions are led by a licensed and highly experienced child mental-health clinician, and include age-appropriate activities, to ensure a fun and engaging environment. Lessons target psycho-education, somatic skills, cognitive-behaviour-therapy (CBT) skills, and mindfulness skills.

Kids will learn about:

  • How to recognize what anxiety feels like in their body
  • Anxiety and the Brain
  • How to calm their minds and bodies
  • How to challenge their anxious thoughts
  • Mindfulness skills
  • Friendship skills

CBT Anxiety Group for Teens

  • 8 sessions
  • Ages 14 to 19

Adolescence is a time of uncertainty, transition, social challenges, and general life stressors. For many teens, this can result in worries, fears, low self-esteem, and low confidence, which in turn can negatively affect social life, school life, and general wellbeing & happiness.

Our Teen Anxiety Group is designed to help anxious teens become aware of their negative thoughts and feelings, challenge negative thoughts and fears, calm their bodies and minds, learn skills to regulate their emotions, develop healthy coping strategies, and practice mindfulness and self-care during times of stress.

We used evidence-based approaches, within a safe and supportive environment, to help teens practice the skills they need to begin to feel more confident in their daily lives. Sessions are run by a licensed and experienced mental health clinician.

Teens will learn about:

  • Understanding Anxiety
  • Anxiety and the Body/Brain
  • How Anxiety affects thoughts, emotions, and behaviours
  • Recognizing and Challenging Negative Thoughts
  • Coping and Relaxation Skills
  • Self-care and healthy habits
  • Mindfulness