Strive: Men’s Healthy Relationship Group

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

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Being in a healthy relationship can contribute to feelings of safety, security, happiness, and overall life satisfaction. But sometimes, we don't feel these things in our relationships. The right help can be important to support you through these challenges.

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

Therapy Group

Strive is a group for men to support building healthier relationships.  

This program focuses on building more fulfilling relationships and balanced life with healthier approaches to conflict, including situations where there could be violence. 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.

The small group is facilitated by a mental health therapist.


What is covered?

The group consists of four modules. 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 gender socialization

You can join the group at the start of any of the modules.

What will I learn?

  • Recognize the signs of healthy and unhealthy relationships and how to respond
  • Skills for communicating effectively 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 in managing conflict

Who can attend?

Any man aged 18 or over who is experiencing challenges in relationships. This group is suitable for men from diverse backgrounds and various relationship statuses.

How to get started?

The first step is to attend one of our free information sessions. The 30-minute information sessions are held on Wednesdays at 4:30 PM.

Upcoming group information sessions:

  • May 10, 17, and 24
  • June 7, 14, and 21
  • July 5, 12, and 19
  • August 2, 9, 16, and 30

The information sessions are held at our downtown location:

#20, 9912 106 Street NW Edmonton, AB T5K 1C5

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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 set personalized goals for you.

When and where is it offered?

The group meets at our office on Wednesdays, 6:00 PM - 7:30 PM

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New participants can start after attending an information session and an interview with a facilitator to gather background information and set personalized goals.

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

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.


There will be many more hills and mountains to climb but the Strive program helped me stand and progress. Now when I get down or depressed, it’s half a day, not a week or months or years. I don’t look for a substance to help me escape. I am attacking life and taking mine back and am developing into the person I want to be.

- Participant

What to expect upon arrival at The Family Centre?

The Family Centre acknowledges that we are on Treaty 6 territory, a traditional meeting ground, gathering place, and traveling route for the Cree, Saulteaux, Blackfoot, Métis, Dene, and Nakota Sioux. We acknowledge all the many First Nations, Métis, and Inuit whose footsteps have marked these lands for centuries.

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