Group Counselling Services

The Durham Rape Crisis Centre provides free, confidential and trauma-informed group counselling and workshops to women and who identify as women who are survivors of sexual violence, live in Durham Region, and are 16 years of age or older.

Some groups/workshops run during normal business hours of 9am-5pm, while others run in the evening between 6pm-8pm.

You are welcome to bring a service animal to group counselling/workshops if that helps you to feel more comfortable.

Group counselling/workshops can be a good place to really understand that you are not alone with what you have experienced or with how it has impacted you. Group counselling/workshops can also support you in developing connection with others, help you learn to build trust and a support network. Although sometimes it can be scary to start a group, try to remember that group facilitators can support you through that fear and other group members are nervous too.

If you want more information about groups/workshops that are currently running or to register for our group counselling/workshop wait-list please contact
(905) 444-9672.

Survivor’s Circle:

The Survivor’s Circle is a monthly drop-in group held on Zoom for women 16 years and older. This is an opportunity for women who have experienced any form of sexual violence or trauma to come together and talk about the struggles or issues they deal with as a result. It is also a forum in which they can share experiences and impacts while getting support from other members. There will be some times where we discuss a particular topic, or it may be open discussion. There does not need to be any previous counselling, and no commitment to future groups is required. Members may also attend as often as they would like.

For more information about the Survivor’s Circle or to register, please contact Lynn at lynn@drcc.ca or call 647-273-0457.

Youth Survivor’s Circle:

DRCC’s Youth Survivor’s Circle is a specific group for survivors of sexual violence who are 16-29 years of age. This is a dedicated judgement-free space where youth survivors can learn, grow, and heal together. Some groups are themed with specific topics, and are delivered as a psychoeducational group, facilitated by one of DRCC’s youth-aged counsellors. Other sessions are specifically created by the day-to-day struggles that are addressed by the group members. This is an ideal space where youth-aged survivors can relate and come together to receive/offer peer support, to aid with learning and mental health management. Some of the topics can include, but are not limited to: Healthy Relationships & Sex, Managing Daily Stressors, Triggers & Flashbacks, Sleep Disturbances, Anxiety & Depression, Self-Esteem & Strength Building, and Processing Trauma. DRCC’s Youth Survivor’s Circle has been designed using a feminist, trauma-informed, and strengths-based approach.

For more information about the Youth Survivor’s Circle or to register, please contact Isabella at isabella@drcc.ca or call 437-228-1862.

YANA:

YANA (You Are Not/Never Alone) is a supportive therapeutic group, designed for women and non-binary folks that are Black (African, Black, and Afro-Caribbean) and are survivors of sexual violence. Each group is dynamic in nature, meaning there are many different focuses such as themes (i.e. shame, anger, dissociation) or topics that are brough forth by participants. This group can help you to manage, cope with, and heal from trauma through building skills, sharing resources, and connecting community.

For more information about YANA or to register, please contact Rochelle at rochelle@drcc.ca or call 437-234-2378.

Therapeutic Approach to Trauma:

Join us for a 10-week closed therapeutic group that promotes trauma recovery through a combination of psycho-education and support. Learning opportunities will be focused on issues relevant to survivors of sexual violence and open discussions will be facilitated within a safe environment. Participants will be encouraged to risk sharing the challenges they are experiencing so that they may receive support and create helpful tools and strategies for themselves. Cognitive Behaviour Therapy will be the primary modality used to promote healing.

For more information about the Therapeutic Approach to Trauma group or to register, please contact Tanya at tanya@drcc.ca or call 437-226-9029.

Yoga:

Trauma-informed yoga with Sam is an additional holistic healing experience with sequence of movements that help to connect you to your mind and body. All levels are welcome. Participants are encouraged to go at their own pace and to take breaks when needed.

For more information about the Yoga group or to register, please contact Samantha at samanthag@drcc.ca.

Guided Healing Meditation:

Guided Healing Meditation offers breath work and tapping into healing on the nervous system. In this group, you will learn various mindful techniques that aid in grounding and staying connected to your mind-body. Guided Healing Meditation may also consist of visualizations that help to bring profound healing and reflections.

For more information about Guided Healing Meditation or to register, please contact Samantha at samanthag@drcc.ca.

Journaling Through Meditation:

In JTM, the focus is on connecting to your heart through your breath. Participants will be prompted with reflection questions and encouraged to connect and build on their intuition. Topics such as self-worth, shame, healthy boundaries, relationships, self-love, etc. are focused on. All you have to do is bring a pen and paper, connect to your breath, and the rest will be guided.

For more information about Journaling Through Meditation or to register, please contact Samantha at samanthag@drcc.ca.