Workshops and Groups

Groups for Children and Youth

We regularly offer groups for children and youth. Our social group offerings are typically for children ages 3-5, 6-8, and 9-11. These groups enhance collaboration between children in a supportive environment. Here children are provided with mindfulness and coping skills to help regulate big emotions. In these groups, children can practice communication with peers and facilitators in a fun and dynamic way. Children are given the opportunity to practice communication and learn to regulate big emotions. This is a safe space for children of all abilities.

We run several groups for youth, including preteens. Here are a few examples:

  • Neurodiverse group, ages 11-13: Provides an opportunity for pre-teens to learn skills to cope with symptoms of ASD, FASD, and ADHD.
  • Anxiety group for teens.
  • Activity based groups
    • Fees: typically groups are $25 per session or purchased as a package
    • For clients with an Autism diagnosis, we are able to direct bill the Autism Funding Unit
    • No diagnosis required for any of our groups

Groups for Body Focused Repetitive Behaviours 

Kathryn has teamed up with Jason Yu, from Fidget Podcast to offer some very exciting BFRB opportunities! Island Clinical Counselling offers specific group therapy options for people with Body Focused Repetitive Behaviours. We offer a regular workshop, which is four weeks that outlines the basic treatment for BFRBs.  We also host several ongoing support groups that allow individuals with BFRBs the space to come together to discuss their experiences and support one another with strategies and accountability.

My name is Jason and I’m a BFRB Coach. Do you compulsively pick your skin, pull your hair, or bite your nails? I help people find practical daily solutions to manage these Body Focused Repetitive Behaviours (BFRBs). After a decade of shame and silence with my own skin-picking, I changed out of my career as a civil engineer to help others with their BFRBs. I host the podcast Fidget, and I work with clients around the world through 1:1 coaching and group workshops.

Resources:
See the trailer for our workshop here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BbjQE1Ep5lQ
Jason has created an amazing resource list. 
This free PDF comes with a BFRB Process Quick Start Guide and can be obtained at http://eepurl.com/hKOyW5
Jason describes the process of having a BFRB here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ni3z5rLTzvU

Groups for Caregivers

We offer a multitude of online Caregiver Support Groups. These are an opportunity for parents to learn from each other under the guidance of a Registered Clinical Counsellor. This space facilitates new learning and also emphasizes to caregivers that they are not alone.

Some of our offerings include caregiver support groups for OCD, ADHD, and ASD.

Adult Support Groups

We offer a few online and in person opportunities throughout the year, such as an OCD support group and an ADHD group for adult clients.

Fees: $40 per session.  Some benefit plans will cover these groups.

Registration is easy! Email Kathryn Atkinson at: info@islandclinicalcounselling.ca or call (778)762-3750.