Specialized trauma counsellors conduct individual counselling for emotional, physical and/or sexual abuse as well as a variety of therapeutic groups each year.
This is a free service.
INDIVIDUAL COUNSELLING (Free, ongoing. Call 604-659-2217 for more information)
Individual counselling offered by qualified professionals. Eligibility: women at the age 19 years or older, who reside in Burnaby and have a history of sexual, physical and emotional abuse, and/or witnessed domestic violence in lifetime. Service is open to New Westminster residents if there is a history of childhood sexual abuse. Sufficient safety and stabilization is required if in recovery from substance abuse. A telephone interview is conducted to determine eligibility.
Counseling Services has a reserved emergency time for Burnaby women and female youth who have experienced recent abuse. The purpose is to provide immediate support, discuss possible options and provide referrals. Contact at 604-659-2217.
Group on Depression and Anxiety
This group is offered to women with a history of intimate relationship abuse and who are overwhelmed with depression and anxiety. Group helps women lean tools to cope with symptoms and teaches on how to reduce them. Group starts in June 2015. If you need more information or wish to be placed on the waitlist contact at 604-659-2217.
Women Coming Out
This 10 week group is developed to help adult queer women who need support in the process of coming out to deal with their sexual identity issues. In this group we will cover topics such as societal expectations of women and gender roles; pros and cons of being in the closet; the impacts of one’s social network, identity crisis, feelings of guilt, shame, anger, grief and loss in the process of coming out and being proud of who we are and embracing our sexual identity. Group starts in May 2015. For more information please contact at 604-659-2207.
Adult Survivors of Sexual Abuse (ASSA)
This is a 3-level group that starts September 2015. Participants are required to commit to all levels and must have a one-to-one therapist. A screening interview is required to determine eligibility, prior to the September start, so please call ahead to be put on the waitlist.
Discovery and Empowerment
This 14 weeks experiential group will address the impacts of childhood sexual abuse through a creative format. Re-discover yourself, gain skills to cope with the effects of trauma and explore new ways to be empowered. Group starts in September 2015. Please call in advance if you are interested in order to be put on a waitlist for screening interviews.
Mindfulness for Survivors
Mindfulness is the practice of moment to moment awareness. This skill building group will assist survivors of sexual abuse to feel more grounded, peaceful and connected to their mental, physical and emotional experiences. In a safe and supportive environment with an addition of yoga exercises you will learn a variety of relaxation, breathing, and meditation techniques to stay focused in the present moment where healing and change can occur. Group starts in January/February 2016. Please call at 604-659-2217 for more information or to be placed on the waitlist.
Please refer to the Spring and Summer 2015 Program Guide for dates and times.