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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. Counselling services are provided for individuals over 16 years of age, couple counselling and family counselling is also available. Issues addressed include: worry, sadness, life stress, experiencing life transitions, sleep difficulties, grief, feeling stuck and more..”

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:

 

    • Dialectical Behavioral Therapy (DBT)
    • Inspire Rewire
    • Mastering Mood (CBT)
    • Weekly Meditation
    • After Suicide
    • Single Session
    •         Hold Me Tight: Conversations for Connection

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, and they will be happy to answer any question you may have.

Inspire Rewire

This free 4 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

 

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

Weekly Meditation Group

The benefits of meditation are numerous and well researched. May you be peaceful, may you be kind, may you be well.  Open to the public. For more information / to register call 519-354-0070

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. Group meets  for 2 hours per week 7 weeks. For more information / to register call 519-354-0070

Single Session

Call in to book a single session counselling session, offered in in- person, virtual or by phone counselling appointment.  Available Monday-Friday between the hours of 8:30am-4;30pm with a

Masters level Social Worker.  Also, for your convenience, you can now book your own Single Session appointment into our new online booking system (available for Wednesday Single Session only).  Open only to patients of the Thamesview Family Health Team.  Call 519-354-0070 for more information, or if you wish to book a Single Session appointment in-person.

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.  Counselling Services are provided for individuals over the age of 16 years of age, couple counselling and family counselling is also available.  Issues addressed include: worry, sadness, life stress, experiencing life transition, sleep difficulties, grief, feeling stuck and more

 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.

Hold Me Tight: Conversation for Connection

A small group therapy approach to couples counselling based on the theory and practice of Emotionally Focused Couples Therapy (EFT). The first session is about the attachment science behind partner love.  The following seven sessions help couples to use the seven conversations laid out in the book Hold Me Tight by Dr. Sue Johnson.  The ultimate goal of the program is to help reduce distance and conflict while creating a more loving, secure bond.  This group is appropriate for couples age 18+ LGBTQ + welcome.  Call Thamesview Family Health Team at 519-354-0070 for more information.

Prerequisites:  Both partners need to complete an individual, 30 minute phone intake with registered social worker.

Purchase the book Hold Me Tight by Dr. Sue Johnson prior to the start of the group.

Heart Buddies

A monthly get together.  A chance to talk and share your experience of heart surgery, matters of the heart.  Surgeries pre/post.  What to expect, what was your experience, what’s normal, how we change, how this impacts our families and friends, how to live well.  Call Thamesview Family Health Team at 519-354-0070 for more information.

Resources

Where can I get help?

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

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

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