What is the Women's Counselling Program?

The Women's Counselling Program provides individual and group counselling for women (19 years and older) whose lives are affected by childhood abuse, sexual assault, as well as abuse and violence in relationships, intimate and other. Women’s experience of abuse can be complex as trauma has a powerful impact. Responses to trauma are diverse and deserve focus that builds safety, skills and strategies for recovery. Approaches to healing at Haven Society promote awareness, positive beliefs, reconnection and renewal.

The Women’s Counselling Program is part of a larger mandate of Stopping the Violence provincial programs provided since 1992. Counselling services are provided from a feminist perspective based on respectful relationships and self-determination. Appointments with counsellors take place in an accessible, safe and supportive environment that fosters awareness and self-empowerment. All programs and services are based on respect for safety and human dignity regardless of economic status, gender, age, race, cultural or ethnic origins, physical or mental ability, or sexuality.


All counselling is free and confidential. Child care for individual or group sessions may be arranged with sufficient notice.


What Groups and Workshops are Offered?

The Women’s Counselling Program offers workshops, open groups and closed therapeutic groups at different times throughout the year.


Strategies for Empowerment is a four session workshop where women receive information about how trauma affects us physically, mentally, emotionally and spiritually. The intention of the workshop is to provide education and support to help women heal and to develop coping strategies that increase inner strength and personal empowerment.


Open Groups focus on building knowledge, sharing wisdom and strengthening support through a cycle of topics that encourage awareness rather than disclosure of personal trauma stories. The group format provides a high level of safety and containment to support the development of safety, stability and healing for women affected by violence. By remaining open it allows for changing as well as continuing membership.

"Far away there in the SUNSHINE are my highest aspirations. I may not reach them, but I can look up and SEE their BEAUTY, BELIEVE in them, and try to follow where they lead."


Louisa May Alcott

Closed Groups offered by the counselling program focus on creating trust and safety within the healing context that promotes trauma recovery, stability and personal renewal. These groups are offered as the need for a deeper exploration of concerns and changes emerge from women accessing counselling services who are building new experiences, strengthening lives free from violence and reconnecting with others.


Individual Counselling Sessions promote deep healing and personal one on one time.

All services are confidential and free of charge.
To find out more information about the Haven Society Counselling program, call 250-756-2452 ext.302