Relationship Counselling

Relationships, whether they be with romantic partners, friends, family members, or co-workers, are an important part of leading a healthy and fulfilling life.

Relationship Counselling

Some relationships help bring out the best in you, while others may leave you feeling unsafe, hurt, angry, or insecure. It’s not always easy to determine which relationships are serving you well and how to fix the ones that are broken.

Healthy Relationships Group Therapy

We offer 16-week group therapy sessions for women and men experiencing challenges in relationships.

This program focuses on eliminating violence and abuse and attaining more fulfilling relationships and a balanced life with less conflict. It will help you enhance your well-being by showing you how to develop healthier relationship skills based on your own personal values and what you want your life to be. 

What is covered?

These therapy sessions consists of the following four modules, which can be taken in any order. Each module is covered over four weeks, making this a 16-week program.

  1. Self-awareness and self-management
  2. Conflict management and communication skills
  3. Core beliefs, values, and life balance
  4. Power in relationships and impacts of stereotypes

Who can attend?

Anyone aged 18 or over who is experiencing challenges in relationships. 

This group is suitable for a variety of life situations, including domestic violence. Men and women meet in separate groups.

What will I learn?

  • Recognize the signs of healthy and unhealthy relationships and how to respond
  • Effectively communicate in your relationships
  • Implement flexible and appropriate boundaries
  • Understand how your relationship with yourself impacts all your relationships
  • Recognize the role that power plays in relationships
  • Be more confident when resolving conflict

How much does it cost?

The cost is $200 per module, and $800 for the full program.

Subsidies are available based on our sliding scale. That means your fee depends on your income and how much you can afford to pay.

We will complete a fee assessment for you after you have attended an information session.

When and where is it offered?

  • Group for men (Strive) is offered Wednesdays, 6 - 7.30 PM
  • Group for women (Healthy Relationships) is offered Tuesdays, 6 - 7.30 PM
  • The groups meet online to help limit the spread of COVID-19
  • New participants can start after attending an information session and an interview with a facilitator to gather background information and set personalized goals

How to Register

The first step is to attend one of our free information sessions. The 30-minute information sessions are held online to help limit the spread of COVID-19.  

To attend the men's group information session,

email us at strive@familycentre.org 

To sign up for the information session for the women's group,

email us at healthyrelationships@familycentre.org

After the information session, if you decide to register for the group, we will complete a fee assessment and book you for an individual interview to gather background information and set personalized goals for you!

Men's group information sessions:

December 8, 15, and 22

The information sessions start at 4:30 PM

Women's group information sessions:

December 7, 14 and 21

The information sessions start at 4:30 PM

Getting started

Participating in group therapy can feel like a big, scary step to take. We will be there to support you when you are ready to get started.

 

To be honest, I was a little hesitant at first as I wasn’t sure if I belonged in this group. However, the facilitator and the women in the group either challenged or validated my thinking, and I kept coming back each week. 

The atmosphere in the group was welcoming, always positive, and non-judgmental. The women in the group had very diverse backgrounds but were so supportive of each other. Getting validation was the most helpful aspect for me in my transformation. I was able to express thoughts that had been in the back of my mind for so long. 

I feel this group has been beneficial not only to my relationship with my spouse but also with my kids, family, coworkers, and managers. I have received very positive feedback: people tell me I am a more open person and more approachable. Since Healthy Relationships, I lead a healthier lifestyle and have stopped taking antidepressants. I listen actively and reflect more before I react. I feel like there has been a healing process. I am a happier person. Now I understand who I am as a person.

- Participant

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