Trauma Counselling Program
As part of our efforts to fight COVID-19 and maintain the health, safety and well-being of our staff, volunteers, clients and community, we will be moving to telephone and videoconferencing counselling sessions for the trauma counselling fee for service and Stopping the Violence program. New referrals may access the service in this way as well.
We will maintain counsellor coverage five days per week (M-F) at Women’s Place for crisis situations (fleeing imminent interpersonal violence, safety and security of women and children).
Thank you for your understanding and cooperation. Learn more about SOURCES’ response here.
Our experienced trauma counsellors provide free individual and group counselling for women who have experienced sexual assault, childhood trauma, and/or intimate partner abuse.
On our trauma counselling team, we are fortunate to have a group of therapists with a wide variety of skills, training, and personalities. We have, in common, that we all rely on the latest trauma research which clearly shows us that we don’t need to dig up the past in order to live a better life. Instead, we focus on how you’ve coped so far and provide strategies and resources to help you live more fully. Our past clients breathe more deeply and are pleased to find that they have more control over their lives. We want that for you, too! Are you ready for something new?
We strive to prevent and treat the negative impact of violence on women and children in our community. Women who have experienced violence have the opportunity to heal from their wounds in a safe, non-oppressive environment. Counselling combines the most up-to-date trauma treatment practices with the principles of feminist theory. We offer counselling in three distinct formats; short term crisis counselling, long-term trauma counselling and group counselling.
Short-Term Crisis Counselling
Women who have experienced a physical assault by an intimate partner or a sexual assault within the past six months are eligible for up to eight sessions of immediate crisis counselling. We emphasize your safety and emotional stability through solution-focused counselling and emotional support.
Women may experience extended periods of depression, anxiety/panic, low self-esteem and relational difficulties related to traumatic stress. We provide short term one-to-one counselling for those who need more support to recover from the effects of traumatic stress.
We strongly encourage you to participate in our groups. Groups help to lessen feelings of shame and isolation. Women report that the group experience is an especially self-empowering one. Contact us to find out about current groups! A nominal fee is required to participate.
This program receives funding from the Ministry of Justice.
Sources trauma counselling offers a wide variety of backgrounds and experiences. We have a team of counsellors who are registered clinical counsellors with a master’s degree in counselling/psychology. We serve men, women and youth living on their own. Counselling can be covered by extended benefits, CVAP, ICBC and other specialized funding programs.
We offer counselling (individual and group) for:
• Historical trauma
• Interpersonal violence
• Sexual assault
• LGBTQ2+ issues
• Anxiety and depression
If the counselling fee creates a financial hardship for you, please let us know and we can make alternative arrangements. Payment can be made using Visa, Mastercard, cash or electronic fund transfer.
Hours of Operation
|Monday – Friday||8:00 am – 6:00 pm|
Closed on holidays.