Support Groups in British Columbia

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Photo of PTSD & Traumatic Stress Recovery Program , Treatment Centre in British Columbia
Traumatic Stress Recovery Program
Treatment Centre
Verified
"This is a 11-week program made up of 5 weeks of residential in-patient treatment followed by 6 weeks of Post-Treatment Support. Clients participate in individual and group therapy, cardiovascular activities, yoga and mindfulness, nutrition coaching, and psychoeducational sessions. "
(855) 204-3278 
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Group meets in:
Kelowna, BC V1Y
Photo of Jane Whitlaw, Counsellor in British Columbia
Self-Compassion and Recovery
Counsellor, RCC
Verified
(289) 799-3736 
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Group meets in:
Surrey, BC V3Z
Photo of Catherine Carr, Counsellor in British Columbia
Designing Your Life Group
Counsellor, DProf, RCC
Verified
""What should I do with my life?" It's not easy to answer. Based on the #1 best seller, DYL applies "design thinking" to your own individual road map. Gain a set of tools and ideas to help: Reframe the challenge ..."
(855) 498-3372 
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Group meets in:
Victoria, BC V9E
Not accepting new clients
Photo of Josea Tamira Crossley, Counsellor in British Columbia
Real Life Skills for Navigating Grief & Trauma
Counsellor, RTC
Verified
"Grief honoured through community connection helps us to find the beauty in our common humanity. We see and feel in our bones that we are truly not alone. This builds resilience and increases our capacity to be with the harder ..."
(226) 455-9017 
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Group meets in:
Powell River, BC V8A
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Emotional Self-Regulation
Counsellor, MSc, RCC
Verified
"I offer a two-hour online group on Saturdays from 1 to 3 p.m. to teach people how to transform your negative emotions, triggers, blocks and traumas. Just send me your email address and I will send you an invitation to ..."
(778) 860-4213 
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Group meets in:
Victoria, BC V9A
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Navigating Times of Uncertainty
Counsellor, RCC
Verified
"Are you anxious or uncertain about the future? This group is designed to equip you with tools and practices to help ground yourself so that you can walk through this year with more clarity and calmness. Led by Roxy Humphrey ..."
(672) 202-1356 
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Group meets in:
Victoria, BC V8P
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Parenting Group
Counsellor, MCP, RCC
Verified
"Parenting Group is made up of parents who would like to learn more about parenting. They share their views and experiences so as to optimize their parenting skills and gain insight and understanding into the area. The group will be ..."
(604) 330-4682 
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Group meets in:
Vancouver, BC V5P
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Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction (MBSR)
Psychologist, PhD, CSFT, CCC
Verified
"For information visit www.drkasimalmashat.com. "
(855) 890-9237 
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Group meets in:
North Vancouver, BC V7H
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Find Peace of Mind Weekend workshops at Ravenstone
Counsellor, RTC, MTC
Verified
"As we take on the voices of our caregivers from childhood, we become our own harshest critics. This weekend is designed to help us identify and let go of the guilt that weighs us down like an anchor as well ..."
(855) 982-1271 
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Group meets in:
Hope, BC V0X
Vancouver Intensive Trauma Treatment Program
Counsellor, MC, CCC
Verified
"Group is offered weekly for 8 weeks. Subject will address guilt, shame, anxiety, depression, emotional tolerance and mind/body connections. Max 6 participants. "
(647) 496-0493 
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Group meets in:
Vancouver, BC V6Z
Photo of Jen Burt, Counselling & Art Therapy, Clinical Social Work/Therapist in British Columbia
Girls Groups
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, MEd, DVATI, RSW
Verified
(855) 702-4984 
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Group meets in:
Courtenay, BC V9N
Photo of Christina Bianchini (Repiphany Counselling), Counsellor in British Columbia
Emotional Eating
Counsellor, RPC, MPCC
Verified
(866) 451-1818 
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Group meets in:
Prince George, BC V2L
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Motherhood Circle
Counsellor, RCC
Verified
"Motherhood Circle is a pre-registered, weekly group for women who want to explore their experiences as new mothers and build community in a supported and nurturing environment. It is an opportunity to connect with other moms, share personal experiences and ..."
(250) 800-2342 
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Group meets in:
Victoria, BC V8V
Photo of Rita Schnarr I Schnarr Counselling, Counsellor in British Columbia
Webinars/Seminars/Keynotes & Group Treatment
Counsellor, MA, RCC
Verified
"Note: Offering online customized workplace webinars/keynotes on various mental health wellness topics for small to large groups. Small group treatment program (4-weeks) available for organizations wishing to provide anxiety management for employees. In-person upon request. "
(778) 654-2991 
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Group meets in:
Vancouver, BC V5Y
Waitlist for new clients
Photo of Empowered You, Counsellor in British Columbia
Knit it Together
Counsellor, RTC, HBSc, RYT500
Verified
"An online fibre arts group where knitters, crocheters, and fibre arts lovers meet to practice their craft while applying mindfulness skills in a supportive and fun virtual atmosphere. All levels welcome. Topics include: going with the flow of life, intention ..."
(867) 292-0810 
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Group meets in:
Surrey, BC V3W
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Women's Support Group
Counsellor
Verified
"This group aims to provide a safe, non-judgemental space for women to come together and support each other and learn some evidence-based therapeutic tools. This group meets weekly to discuss life and coping with its challenges, while encouraging and empowering ..."
(604) 337-5877 
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Group meets in:
Nanaimo, BC V9T
Photo of Cathy Trudeau, Counsellor in British Columbia
Who Am I? (currently postponed due to COVID 19)
Counsellor, MA, RCC
Verified
"Mid 20's to mid 30's is a time of transition for women - moving from the defined roles of student and adolescent, to the complicated role of adult. Women experience increased pressure to answer life's big questions - what do ..."
(604) 812-5711 
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Group meets in:
Burnaby, BC V5A
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Anger Management for Men
Art Therapist, RTC, DKATI
"This course will look at triggers, anger vs aggression, assertiveness, the roots of anger, boundaries, healthy vs unhealthy coping skills, compassion, empathy, and the power of peaceful conflict transformation. I bring to this work an embodied approach to understanding the ..."
(778) 762-3280 
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Group meets in:
Nelson, BC V1L
Photo of Richard Tatomir - Relationship Experts Vancouver, Marriage & Family Therapist in British Columbia
Back In The Driver's Seat (Online Group)
Marriage & Family Therapist, MA, CCC
Verified
"Learning healthy ways to manage triggers and regulate emotion: Starting January - February 2022 in collaboration with Tania Bakas. Currently accepting participants. Contact us to begin. "
(604) 337-6577 
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Group meets in:
Burnaby, BC V5R
Photo of To Be Heard Counselling Jennifer Aberman, Counsellor in British Columbia
Mindfulness At Your Fingertips
Counsellor, RTC, BFA
Verified
"~Online Workshop~ Have you ever experienced feeling disconnected from yourself or from others? This group aims to support each other as we practice skills to build our resiliency and the courage to accept the things that life's moments teach us. ..."
(778) 760-4381 
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Group meets in:
Vancouver, BC V6J


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What is the difference between Group Therapy and a Support Group?
British Columbia Support Groups and Group Therapy both offer a safe place to explore important issues. It is important, however, to understand the difference between the two.

Group therapy in British Columbia is led by a therapist, group psychotherapist, or group counselor, and is generally structured around an issue. The therapist guides the group through a program as the group works together to better understand thoughts and feelings. Experienced therapists lead psychotherapy groups for various ages, such as adults, and specific issues including anger management, anxiety, and coping skills.

Support groups in British Columbia are usually facilitated by a therapist or counselor, but can also be led by members with lived experiences. Generally, a support group is less structured than a therapy group. Support groups bring together members to provide support and strength to each other, often around a common challenge such as addiction or grief.

Most therapy groups will meet for a fixed length of time with a consistent group of members, while many support groups meet for an indefinite period of time with members coming and going.
Is Group Therapy Right For You?
Group therapy in British Columbia allows you to benefit from the experiences and sharing of others. Listening to others, and recognizing what you have in common, allows you to learn about yourself. In the group environment, where therapy types such as Mindfulness Based group therapy are used, you can recognize aspects of yourself that you may choose to modify or change.

As other members share about their lives, you might see your own experiences or see patterns you hadn’t noticed previously. The group allows you to better understand issues you might not have noticed before.

Hearing the stories of group members gets you outside of yourself and helps you see your life differently. As you do that, a process of self-acceptance and empathy for others occurs as you learn to relate with others in the group.

Group therapy and support groups in British Columbia can also be a less expensive alternative to individual therapy. While you should check with your insurance company, you’ll often find that therapist led group psychotherapy is covered, while peer-led support groups are not. Either way, group session costs are generally less expensive than individual therapy.