Group Counselling

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Questions or To Register for a Group:

Heather Quirt (she/her)
Office Administrator
Email: [email protected]
Phone: 705-840-2403 (press 0)

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Rooted - OPEN

  • Drop-In Sessions – Length: 10 Weeks
  • April 13 to June 15, 2022
  • Wednesday’s at 5:45 p.m. *No weekly commitment* 

This is a free, no commitment, virtual group. If accessing technology to attend this group virtually is a barrier, please let us know and we will do our best to assist. This is a free group is open to survivors of sexual and/or gender-based violence looking for pre-counselling support, tools and skills for growth. (Ages 12+).


  1. April 13, 2022 –  “Understanding Trauma”
  2. April 20, 2022 – “Coping Strategies”
  3. April 27, 2022 – “Self-Care”
  4. May 04, 2022 – “Negative Thought Patterns”
  5. May 11, 2022 – “Self-Image & Self-Esteem”
  6. May 18, 2022 – “Boundaries”
  7. May 25, 2022 – “Communication & Assertiveness”
  8. June 01, 2022 – “Healthy Relationships”
  9. June 08, 2022 – “Happiness & Post-Traumatic Growth”
  10. June 15, 2022 – “Goal Setting”

Expresssive Arts - OPEN

Are you interested in exploring the healing benefits of the Arts? 

Amelia Rising is starting an in-person Expressive Arts group for those who identify as women and have experienced sexual or gender-based violence.  Together we will use body-based mindfulness exercises and the arts to explore topics such as Boundaries, Trust, Strengths, Wisdom, and more. The group’s aim will be to provide a safe-enough space to explore, grow, and heal from our experiences of violence. This is not a talk therapy group. This group will provide its participants the opportunity to share the felt effects of gender-based violence that we may hold in common.

Groups will run every Thursday from 1:00-3:30 pm starting on Thursday, June 2nd, and will come to an end on Thursday, July 7th, 2022.

Refreshments and snacks will be provided. If you or someone you know are interested in this group please contact, [email protected] or call (705) 840-2403.

Sleep and Trauma - On Hold

  • Length: 4 Weeks
  • April 7 to April 28, 2022
  • Thursdays 1:30pm-3:30pm 

A common challenge that people face as a result of trauma is difficulty falling and staying asleep. This 4 week workshop explores practical strategies to help promote better sleep hygiene.

Seeking Safety - On Hold

Length: 6 weeks
This effective skills-based group is for individuals who struggle with trauma history along with substance misuse or other less safe and potentially harmful coping mechanisms. The program runs 2 hours per week for a total of 6 weeks The primary focus of this group is on learning and developing healthy coping skills and strategies.

Topics include, but are not limited to:

  • Safety
  • Grounding
  • Asking for Help
  • Coping with Triggers.

Connections: Shame Resilience - On Hold

Length: 12 weeks
This group is based on Brene Brown’s Resilience Theory and engages on a cognitive, behavioral, and interpersonal level. Individuals learn via group and personal exercises, handouts, and reading assignments from Brene Brown’s best-selling book I Thought It Was Just Me (but it isn’t): Telling the Truth About Perfectionism, Inadequacy, and Power.

Beyond Trauma - On Hold

Length: 15 weeks
This group counselling program offers an opportunity to learn how to build trust, gain support, and learn from and share with each other during this difficult time. The program runs 2 hours per week for a total of 15 weeks. As recovery from trauma is a long-term commitment, a follow up reunion two months after the last session is held to re-evaluate progress, share tips and continue support.

Healthy Anger - On Hold

Length: 4 weeks
When you think of anger, what do you think about? Some people are afraid to express anger because of its association with violence. Others may try to suppress it because they feel helpless or that they need to be in control at all times.

This 4-week workshop challenges the way we perceive anger by exploring its role as a vehicle for change, and as an opportunity to engage in self-care.

Healthy Relationships - On Hold

Length: 4 weeks
We often talk about red flags and unhealthy relationships, but what about healthy ones? Many people have not had the privilege of witnessing a healthy relationship in their lives. Others have lost the belief that they have rights in intimate relationships due to boundary violations from the past. This 4 week educational workshop explores the different components of a healthy relationship.