Support Groups in Kitchener, ON

Respectful Parenting is Positive Parenting
Parents and their children benefit when they are in control of themselves and able to role model what they want from their children. Being able to shift your lens from a punishment model to a strength based positive parenting model ...
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Hosted by Doug Jones
Registered Social Worker, MTS, AAMFTCF, RSW
Verified
Group meets in Kitchener, ON N2H
Parents and their children benefit when they are in control of themselves and able to role model what they want from their children. Being able to shift your lens from a punishment model to a strength based positive parenting model ...
(226) 785-2935 View (226) 785-2935
Intro to Meditation: Serenity Meditation Series
Are you new to meditation? Are you ready to prioritize your self-care? This 8 week series is beautiful introduction to meditation for beginners. Gentle, step-by-step instructions to ease you into a practice that will help you to obtain the benefits ...
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Hosted by Kristy Kirby
Registered Psychotherapist, RP
Verified
Group meets in Kitchener, ON N2H
Are you new to meditation? Are you ready to prioritize your self-care? This 8 week series is beautiful introduction to meditation for beginners. Gentle, step-by-step instructions to ease you into a practice that will help you to obtain the benefits ...
(548) 483-6607 View (548) 483-6607
Elaborate- Couples group
This group is for couples who may be engaged, dating, married or partnered. It is a space to build or rebuild a relationship where there is deep understanding, effective conflict management, authentic friendship and shared meaning to make life dreams ...
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Hosted by Springs Counselling Services
Registered Social Worker, BA(Hon), MSW, RSW
Verified
Group meets in Kitchener, ON N2C
This group is for couples who may be engaged, dating, married or partnered. It is a space to build or rebuild a relationship where there is deep understanding, effective conflict management, authentic friendship and shared meaning to make life dreams ...
(226) 455-6931 View (226) 455-6931
Love Beyond Borders
The focus of this 8-week online group will be to navigate unique experiences and challenges of interracial and intercultural relationships. The group environment offers a place where participants can receive and provide support, engage in meaningful activities and exercises and ...
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Hosted by The Mind Collective Therapy & Wellness
Registered Psychotherapist (Qualifying)
Verified
Group meets in Kitchener, ON N2P
The focus of this 8-week online group will be to navigate unique experiences and challenges of interracial and intercultural relationships. The group environment offers a place where participants can receive and provide support, engage in meaningful activities and exercises and ...
(226) 407-8079 View (226) 407-8079
Hold Me Tight weekend workshops for couples
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Hosted by Mary Luard
Registered Psychotherapist, MSW, RSW, RP
Verified
Group meets in Kitchener, ON N2H
(519) 500-4268 View (519) 500-4268
Enhanced Nurturing: An EFFT Parenting Workshop
Emotion Focused Family Therapy, provides a foundation to provide a 2 Day Caregiver Workshop focusing on supporting parents and caregivers with how to transform conflict patterns into communication, emotionally coaching their loved ones through intense emotional triggers, and increasing cooperation ...
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Hosted by Shelley Restall
Registered Social Worker, MSW, RSW
Verified
Group meets in Kitchener, ON N2H
Emotion Focused Family Therapy, provides a foundation to provide a 2 Day Caregiver Workshop focusing on supporting parents and caregivers with how to transform conflict patterns into communication, emotionally coaching their loved ones through intense emotional triggers, and increasing cooperation ...
(226) 778-5349 View (226) 778-5349
The Other Half: Dad/Partner Group (virtual)
Whether you are expecting your first child, or are already knee deep in parenting The Other Half offers a place for dads and non-birthing parents to come together and talk about common experiences. Dads often do not feel they can ...
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Hosted by Rooted Thistle Counselling
Registered Social Worker, MSW, RSW
Verified
Group meets in Kitchener, ON N2H
Whether you are expecting your first child, or are already knee deep in parenting The Other Half offers a place for dads and non-birthing parents to come together and talk about common experiences. Dads often do not feel they can ...
(226) 400-8910 View (226) 400-8910
Wholehearted Mothering
For the latest Wholehearted Mothering group offering details, please see the website: tapestrycc.com/wholeheart ed-mothering
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Hosted by Rachel Brnjas
Registered Social Worker, MSW, RSW
Verified
Group meets in Kitchener, ON N2H
For the latest Wholehearted Mothering group offering details, please see the website: tapestrycc.com/wholeheart ed-mothering
(548) 483-5524 View (548) 483-5524
Therapeutic Book Club
Therapeutic book club offers a supportive environment to connect with like-minded people, share your experiences, Engage in meaningful discussion, and gain new perspectives. Book: Emotional Inheritance by Dr. Galit Atlas Cost: $45 per session Monthly meetings will be held on ...
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Hosted by Tanya Young
Registered Social Worker, MSW, RSW
Verified
Group meets in Kitchener, ON N2C
Therapeutic book club offers a supportive environment to connect with like-minded people, share your experiences, Engage in meaningful discussion, and gain new perspectives. Book: Emotional Inheritance by Dr. Galit Atlas Cost: $45 per session Monthly meetings will be held on ...
(226) 782-3033 View (226) 782-3033
Small Business / Non Profit Mental Wellness Plans
Midtown Counselling offers tailored member/staff mental wellness packages to small businesses, churches and non-profits in the KW Midtown and surrounding areas. Services include consultation and referral support, educational events, and preferred provider rates. Contact us to inquire about options
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Hosted by Midtown Counselling - Shelly Pavlic
Registered Social Worker, BASc, MSW, RSW
Verified
Group meets in Kitchener, ON N2H
Midtown Counselling offers tailored member/staff mental wellness packages to small businesses, churches and non-profits in the KW Midtown and surrounding areas. Services include consultation and referral support, educational events, and preferred provider rates. Contact us to inquire about options
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Jogging / Cognitive Behaviour Therapy Group
For those seeking to improve their mood through combining exercise (light jogging) with cognitive behavioural group therapy immediately following. Research has demonstrated increased ability to challenge distressing negative thoughts and core beliefs when practiced following immediately after outdoor moderate cardio ...
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Hosted by Mark Booker
Registered Social Worker, MTS, MSW , RSW
Verified
Group meets in Kitchener, ON N2H
For those seeking to improve their mood through combining exercise (light jogging) with cognitive behavioural group therapy immediately following. Research has demonstrated increased ability to challenge distressing negative thoughts and core beliefs when practiced following immediately after outdoor moderate cardio ...
(548) 485-5939 View (548) 485-5939
Strong Moms, Safe Kids
A special parenting program for mothers who have been abused. They can have special challenges, from keeping their children safe to dealing with the legal system. Mothers have an opportunity to experience mutual support, while their children learn that they ...
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Registered Social Worker
Verified
Group meets in Kitchener, ON N2G
A special parenting program for mothers who have been abused. They can have special challenges, from keeping their children safe to dealing with the legal system. Mothers have an opportunity to experience mutual support, while their children learn that they ...
(855) 974-4329 View (855) 974-4329
Life-Line (Suicide Prevention and Recovery Group)
Life-Line is an educational support group for people who have lived experience with suicide. The group brings together a variety of people from various occupations and backgrounds to build life-preserving and affirming bonds. The group helps participants connect with others ...
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Hosted by Geoffrey Reekie
Registered Social Worker, MSW, RSW
Verified
Group meets in Kitchener, ON N2H
Life-Line is an educational support group for people who have lived experience with suicide. The group brings together a variety of people from various occupations and backgrounds to build life-preserving and affirming bonds. The group helps participants connect with others ...
(249) 493-6449 View (249) 493-6449
Building Resilience
"Building Resilience" is 8 week group that was created for people with Mild to Moderate Anxiety and Depresison and those who want to become emotionally stronger. Participants are going to learn emotion regulation tools, stress management techniques, and improve interpersonal ...
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Hosted by Ina Bahdanovich
Registered Social Worker, MSW, RSW
Verified
Group meets in Kitchener, ON N2P
"Building Resilience" is 8 week group that was created for people with Mild to Moderate Anxiety and Depresison and those who want to become emotionally stronger. Participants are going to learn emotion regulation tools, stress management techniques, and improve interpersonal ...
(226) 499-7223 View (226) 499-7223
Mental Wellness Community Talks
Midtown Counselling is pleased to support community awareness/education regarding mental health issues, self-help and treatment. We offer onsite mental wellness talks to the community. If you are hosting an event or would like help planning a wellness event, please contact ...
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Hosted by Midtown Counselling - Shelly Pavlic
Registered Social Worker, BASc, MSW, RSW
Verified
Group meets in Kitchener, ON N2H
Midtown Counselling is pleased to support community awareness/education regarding mental health issues, self-help and treatment. We offer onsite mental wellness talks to the community. If you are hosting an event or would like help planning a wellness event, please contact ...
(519) 589-1550 View (519) 589-1550
Boots on the Ground (PTSD Prevention Program)
Boots on the Ground is a ten-week closed group that helps first responders and front line service providers build resilience and resistance to PTSD and other forms of trauma. Participants in this group will learn how to recognize and respond ...
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Hosted by Geoffrey Reekie
Registered Social Worker, MSW, RSW
Verified
Group meets in Kitchener, ON N2H
Boots on the Ground is a ten-week closed group that helps first responders and front line service providers build resilience and resistance to PTSD and other forms of trauma. Participants in this group will learn how to recognize and respond ...
(249) 493-6449 View (249) 493-6449
Relationship with myself
"Relationship with myself" is a project focusing on developing a deep and meaningful connection with the self. The 8 week group was created to help people to improve self-image and elevate self-esteem. The program is available upon request.
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Hosted by Ina Bahdanovich
Registered Social Worker, MSW, RSW
Verified
Group meets in Kitchener, ON N2P
"Relationship with myself" is a project focusing on developing a deep and meaningful connection with the self. The 8 week group was created to help people to improve self-image and elevate self-esteem. The program is available upon request.
(226) 499-7223 View (226) 499-7223
Intentional
Parenting is a lot of work and could be stressful especially if there are additional layers of stressors such as - moving to a new country, parenting in a new culture, parenting adopted children, even having additional children, or parenting a ...
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Hosted by Springs Counselling Services
Registered Social Worker, BA(Hon), MSW, RSW
Verified
Group meets in Kitchener, ON N2C
Parenting is a lot of work and could be stressful especially if there are additional layers of stressors such as - moving to a new country, parenting in a new culture, parenting adopted children, even having additional children, or parenting a ...
(226) 455-6931 View (226) 455-6931
Creating space for Calm
Next offering of this group begins November 1. This is a 6 week, in-person meditation group. It is designed for folks who struggle with stress and anxiety. In this group we will be working with meditation to bring a sense ...
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Hosted by Kristy Kirby
Registered Psychotherapist, RP
Verified
Group meets in Kitchener, ON N2H
Next offering of this group begins November 1. This is a 6 week, in-person meditation group. It is designed for folks who struggle with stress and anxiety. In this group we will be working with meditation to bring a sense ...
(548) 483-6607 View (548) 483-6607
Back to Basics
The 10-week closed psychoeducation group focuses on promoting healthy relationships and lifestyles for men. The group will promote the development of communication strategies, interpersonal skills, and improve emotional awareness. We will also explore issues such as maintaining intimate relationships, setting ...
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Hosted by Geoffrey Reekie
Registered Social Worker, MSW, RSW
Verified
Group meets in Kitchener, ON N2H
The 10-week closed psychoeducation group focuses on promoting healthy relationships and lifestyles for men. The group will promote the development of communication strategies, interpersonal skills, and improve emotional awareness. We will also explore issues such as maintaining intimate relationships, setting ...
(249) 493-6449 View (249) 493-6449

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What is the difference between Group Therapy and a Support Group?
Kitchener 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 Kitchener 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 Kitchener 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 Kitchener 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 Kitchener 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.