Group Counselling and Therapy Services

Catholic Family Services* currently offers FREE groups and workshops for adults ages 18 and up. Our 2019/2020 lineup includes:

Getting Ahead in a Just-Gettin’-By World
Participants (called ‘Investigators’) will examine where they are now and where they want to be; including developing a plan for prosperity broken down into manageable and achievable steps for both themselves and their community. This group supports people who are currently living in poverty and/or have experienced generational poverty.

Fall 2019:
Orillia – begins Sept 20th and runs for 10 weeks consecutively. 10:00am-2:00pm (lunch is provided).

Spring 2020: TBD


The Power of Emotion
A three-part workshop for women centered on understanding emotions and regaining control. The program is centred on self-reflection, understanding triggers and building coping strategies for effectively managing emotions.

Fall 2019: Barrie – Oct 3rd, 10th, 17th  5:30pm-7:30pm.

Winter 2020
: Barrie – February 6th, 13th & 20th  5:30pm-7:30pm


DBT (Dialectical Behaviour Therapy) Skills Group
In DBT, participants will learn the four skills modules that are designed to assist individuals in better managing behavioral, emotional and cognitive challenges. These four modules include: mindfulness, distress tolerance, emotion regulation, and interpersonal effectiveness skills.

Fall 2019:
Barrie – Mondays beginning September 23rd from 1:30pm-3:30pm for 8 weeks consecutively. (FULL)
Barrie – Fridays beginning September 27th from 1:30pm-3:30pm for 8 weeks consecutively.

Winter 2020
: Barrie – Mondays beginning January 20th from 1:30pm-3:30pm for 8 weeks consecutively.
Spring 2020: Barrie – Mondays beginning May 4th from 1:30pm-3:30pm for 8 weeks consecutively.


Mindful Ambassador Council
The Mindful Ambassador Council cultivates basic mindfulness practices that help individuals access the wisdom within themselves and within the group. Participants are encouraged to speak from the heart, ask questions to discover their fullest potential, and explore the possibility of mindful living within their families, workplaces, schools and communities.

Fall 2019: Barrie – beginning September 19th from 9:30am-11:00am for 6 weeks consecutively.

Winter 2020: Barrie – beginning March 3rd from 5:30pm-7:00pm for 6 weeks consecutively.


To register please visit us at our 20 Anne St. S office or contact us at 705-726-2503, ext. 102. Spaces are limited.


*Catholic Family Services also offers professional workshops for other agencies and businesses. Some examples include: Self Care for Helping Professionals, Stress Management in the Workplace, Work/Life Balance Seminars, and more (including custom presentations). Please connect with Amanda Fellows at or 705-726-2503, ext. 113 for more information.


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