Counselling and Support Services

Counselling

Life is hard; we’re here to help. Our Counselling and Support Services aim to help increase your life satisfaction by teaching you tools to manage your life better. Individual, couple, and family counselling services provided for: anxiety, depression, sleep difficulties, life changes, stress, and grief.

Groups

We know that most people find it hard to attend groups. It’s such a relief to find out you are not the only one struggling. Groups are offered throughout the year. Average group size is 5-15 people. These groups are:

  • Craving Change
  • Dialectical Behavioral Therapy (DBT)
  • Inspire Rewire
  • Mastering Mood (CBT)
  • Master Your Health Chronic Disease
  • Parenting the Adolescent
  • Weekly Meditation Group
  •         Sharing & Caring
  •         Care For The Care Giver

Craving Change

A group based approach to help dealing with emotional eating habits. The reasons behind eating habits that do not come from hunger, such as stress or boredom. The program offers strategies to find the root causes and how to build new habits to overcome emotional eating. Please note this is not a group designed for those diagnosed with an eating disorder. The group meets 1.5 hours per week for 4 weeks. Open to the public. For more information / to register call 519-354-0070 ext. 625

Dialetical Behaviour Therapy (DBT)

This group is useful for people who find themselves in chronic distress due to difficult, painful emotions. These emotions may result in unstable relationships, difficulty coping, or harmful behaviours. DBT provides skills for emotion regulation, distress, tolerance, mindfulness, and interpersonal effectiveness. Open only to patients of Thamesview Family Health Team. This is a closed group and patients must be referred by one of our social work staff to attend this group. If you have questions, you are welcome to contact the Counselling and Support Services Team at 519-354-0070 ext. 625, and they will be happy to answer any question you may have.

Inspire Rewire

This free 6 week program is an introduction to mindfulness and meditation that will allow participants to learn stress reduction and relaxation. This can help with chronic pain, headaches, depression, anxiety, cardiovascular impact, cancers, diabetes, and accelerating aging, just to name a few. The good news is that real change in the body can happen in just a few weeks of committed learning. This will result in you feeling more at ease and having an improved quality of life. Practicing what you learn in this group will leave you feeling inspired and rewired. Open to the public. For more information / to register call 519-354-0070 ext. 625

Click here for the guided meditation videos, provided by Brenda Stevens, Social Worker

Mastering Mood (CBT)

Feeling sadness, worry, anger, or guilt? Learn about the relationships between your thoughts, feelings, and actions. Start setting small attainable goals to help you feel better. Work on challenging your reactions to situations and negative thinking. Turn down the volume of your negative emotions. Open to the public. For more information / to register call 519-354-0070 ext. 625

Master Your Health Chronic Disease

Take charge and live well. Workshops for people living with chronic disease. Learn to take control of your health, build confidence, create personal action plans, and deal with the everyday challenges of living with chronic disease. Classes have a high level of participation. Group meets 2 hours per week for 6 weeks. Open to the public (Supported by: The Chronic Disease Self-Management Initiative). For more information / to register, call 519-354-0070 ext. 625

Parenting the Adolescent

This program will inform parents about behavior modification, avoiding power-struggle, regaining authority, and feeling good about yourself as a parent. The group has excellent peer support as well as encouragement and guidance. Open to the public. For more information / to register call 519-354-0070 ext. 625

Weekly Meditation Group

A partnership with the Grand Retirement Village. The benefits of meditation are numerous and well researched. May you be peaceful, may you be kind, may you be well. Wear comfortable clothing (bring a mat or a cushion). Open to the public. For more information / to register call 519-354-0070 ext. 625

Single Session

Everyone has problems, you’re not alone. Drop in and talk to one of our social workers, no appointment needed. Looking for guidance or next steps? We’ll get you started. Single Session is offered at 20 Emma St., Suite 108, every Wednesday from 8:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. (before 10:45 a.m.) and 3:30 p.m. t0 6:30 p.m. (before 5:45 p.m.). Just say “I’m here for Single Session”. Open only to patients of Thamesview Family Health Team. Call 519-354-0070 ext. 625 for more information.

Sharing and Caring Support Group

This support group provides cancer patients with the opportunity to meet and talk with other cancer patients for emotional and coping support.  Sessions focus on discussion and sharing of feelings, stories, issues and concerns related to cancer.  Through these means, patients may find comfort, reduce feelings of isolation, and may improve their ability to cope, communicate and live with cancer.  Open to the public.  For more information/register call 519-354-0070 ext. 625

 The Caregiver

For caregivers of loved ones with any chronic condition, illness, cancer, injury, disability.  Open to the public.  For more information please call 519-354-0070 ext. 625

The After Group

A Support Group for anyone who has been affected by death from suicide. Participants will need a brief interview to assess readiness, and to insure that participants have the support they need outside the group, crucial for anyone not belonging to our Family Health Team. Open to the public. For more information please call (519) 354-0070 X 625.

 

Resources

Where can I get help?

Crisis Line Services: Always available, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week

Thamesview Family Health Team Website:  http://thamesviewfht.ca/

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