What is the Stopping the Violence Counselling Program?
The Stopping the Violence 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 Stopping the Violence Counselling Program is a provincially mandated service and has been provided by Haven 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.
Individual Counselling sessions provide personal one-on-one time to promote healing and self-regulation through coping skills and support. At this time, appointments are accessible through phone or Zoom, with in-person sessions available at a later date. Please contact the counselling program at the number below for details.
All counselling is free and confidential.
What Groups are Offered?
The Stopping the Violence Counselling Program offers open (drop-in) 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.
Weaving Our Voices is an open group that focuses 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. This group is currently being offered Friday mornings at 10 a.m. on Zoom. There are limited spaces and openings will be filled on a first-come, first-serve basis. Interested women (age 19+) are asked to email firstname.lastname@example.org weekly for the link.
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More group opportunities may be offered in the future. Please check back occasionally.
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 or request counselling services, call 250-756-2452 ext.302