CURRENT GROUP PSYCHOTHERAPIES

Referral from your FAMILY PHYSICIAN or PSYCHIATRIST is required. 

Please check back often as this list is updated frequently with our current services that are open to referrals. A group offered in the past or in progress, but is not currently listed as open for referrals, may be offered again in the future pending schedules of the clinicians involved. Please contact us to enquire.

Previously offered groups and groups that are currently full and in progress:

Mindfulness for Parents

Interpersonal Psychotherapy for Mothers

CBT for children with anxiety (runs alongside parent support group)

CBT SKILLS FOR ADHD IN MOTHERS

ADHD is a condition that can cause significant difficulties with daily life and most often starts in childhood. Adults with ongoing ADHD have usually developed many strengths and coping strategies throughout their life, and yet may find that parenthood further challenges them and/or makes previous strategies difficult to use due to the additional demands of child-rearing and family organization. This group seeks to bring together mothers who have ADHD to support each other and learn or re-learn strategies to help with attention and organization in their current life context. Skills to help with attention, organization, and time management will be taught. The connection between emotions, thoughts, and behaviours and how they impact ADHD will also be discussed. Peer support will be a large component of this group. This OHIP covered group is led by Dr. Anna Chen and/or Dr. Cara Brown.

This is a closed group for ~12-16 participants that runs weekly for 10-weeks virtually.  It is open to mothers who have previously been diagnosed with ADHD and/or have significant ADHD symptoms that impair daily functioning and have children older than 12 months up to age 12.

ACCEPTING REFERRALS for virtual group starting January 10th 2023: Tuesdays 1245-230 pm Virtual x 10 sessions (No sessions Jan 24, Feb 14 or March 16, 2023).

We welcome all mothers in all their diversity, including birth, adoptive, step and foster parents and cis, non-binary and transgender individuals. Children do not attend the sessions. Each mother will have a pre-group psychiatric / group suitability assessment.

CBT FOR PMDD (PREMENSTRUAL DYSPHORIC DISORDER)

Premenstrual dysphoric disorder is a distressing condition that causes significant changes in mood and ability to function during the luteal phase of a women's menstrual cycle. This is a 8 week group for adults who have diagnosed PMDD or have clinical significant symptoms (including exacerbations of underlying mood and/or anxiety disorders during the luteal phase of their cycle). Topics covered will be psychoeducation, lifestyle factors, and the learning of cognitive-behavioural therapy skills to address the symptoms of PMDD. Peer support will be a large component of this group. This is a OHIP-covered group run by Dr. Brown and/or Dr. Chen.

This is a closed group for 8-12 participants.  We welcome all adults (age 18 and above) who menstruate or have cyclical hormonal changes that lead to PMDD symptoms. 

ACCEPTING REFERRALS for group starting Nov. 28, 2022 - MONDAYS 12:45 - 2:30 PM. Virtual 8 sessions (No sessions Dec 27/22, Jan 3/23 and Jan 23/23). Two booster sessions 12:45 - 2:30 pm on Feb 27/23 and March 27/23. 

Each participant will have a pre-group psychiatric / group suitability assessment. 

EMOTIONAL REGULATION GROUP FOR MOTHERS

The purpose of this group is to learn to be more present, focused and better manage difficult emotions using select skills from the Dialectical Behaviour Therapy (DBT) model. Skills will be taught from each of the four DBT areas - emotional regulation, mindfulness, distress tolerance and interpersonal effectiveness. This group is for individuals with mood and/or anxiety disorders who struggle with the regulation of difficult emotions as part of their overall mental health journey. It is NOT a full DBT program nor does it provide individual therapy support, hence it is not recommended for individuals with moderate to severe Borderline Personality Disorder. The group is also not appropriate for individuals currently struggling with significant self-harm, suicidality or safety issues. As with any other learning, the amount you will benefit from the skills is directly correlated to the amount of homework and practice you do outside of the group. This is a OHIP-covered group run by Dr. Brown and/or Dr. Chen. Confirmed participants will be instructed as to the specific workbook that needs to be purchased before the group. 

This is a closed group for 12 to 16 participants. It is open to mothers that have children older than 12 months up to age 12.

ACCEPTING REFERRALS for group starting Jan 12th 2023, Virtual x 12 sessions (No sessions Jan 26 or Feb 9/23).

We welcome all mothers in all their diversity, including birth, adoptive, step and foster parents and cis, non-binary and transgender individuals. Children do not attend the sessions. Each mother will have a pre-group psychatric / group suitability assessment,