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Family Services Toronto – Walk In Counselling

Group Name:  Family Services Toronto – Walk In Counselling

Description:  We offer a FREE single session counselling session with a trained Counsellor or Psychotherapist. The counselling session is usually about 50 minutes and is open to all persons 18 years of age and older.  Single Session Counselling can provide you with the emotional support, feedback and ideas on how to make positive changes in your life. Each counselling session is treated like a distinct counselling session with no expectation that you come back for a subsequent session.  Please call the Service Access Unit at 416-595-9618 to inquire about the times when service is offered in languages other than English.

Where:   128A Sterling Road, second floor, suite 202, Toronto, Ontario, M6R 2B7

When:  Wednesdays from 3:30-7:30 p.m.   Registration begins at 3 p.m. and last appointment starts 6:15pm.

Contact:   Service is on a first come, first served basis for the first 2 sessions.  No appointment is required and no pre-registration.  General phone line:  416-595-9230, to request counselling at all locations call 416-595-9618.

YouthLink – Counselling Services

Group Name: YouthLink – Counselling Services

Description: For 99 years, YouthLink has helped thousands of youth overcome challenging circumstances and develop their strengths to build a positive and rewarding future. We are a charitable organization offering a unique range of community services that promote mental health and social well-being for vulnerable youth in Scarborough and the downtown core.

There is a very wide range of issues that individual counselling can help you address. Here are some reasons why young people seek counselling:

  • family conflict or problems in relationships with family/parents
  • mental health concerns such as suicidal thoughts, depression, anger and self-harming behaviour
  • emotional, physical and sexual abuse
  • criminal behaviour
  • sexual orientation concerns
  • substance abuse
  • racial/cultural difficulties

Talking about personal struggles with a counselor can help you understand your problems in new ways, identify your strengths, and discuss possible solutions. Our goal is to work with you to bring about changes as soon as possible and our counsellors will openly discuss the benefit and fit of the services with you.

* Walk-In Counselling available every Wednesday
Come in to our office on Wednesdays between 12 noon and 8 p.m. to speak to a counsellor. Last session is at 6:45PM. No appointment needed – first come, first served.

Where: 747 Warden Avenue | Toronto, ON M1L 4A8

Contact: 416-967-1773 | info@youthlink.ca | www.youthlink.ca

Eva’s Initiatives – Family Reconnect

Group Name: Eva’s Initiatives – Family Reconnect

Description: Eva’s Initiatives is an organization that operates three unique facilities in Toronto, providing safe shelter and diverse programs and services to help homeless and at-risk youth reach their potential to lead productive, self-sufficient and healthy lives. Eva’s Initiatives staff work with each homeless youth to develop a personalized action plan. This plan is designed to empower each young person to achieve both short- and long-term personal and career goals. This intake, assessment and screening process considers the whole person – mental, physical and aspirational.

The Family Reconnect Program offers individual and family counselling to at-risk and homeless youth. Recognizing the critical importance of family support for teens and young adults, we attempt to connect with and engage families to support their son or daughter to gain stability and experience success.
Our counselling goals are to assist families with the root causes of their struggles, including family breakdown, youth and parent conflict, communication difficulties, sibling relationships, drug and alcohol use as well as life and parenting skills.

The two services offered are:
Early Intervention
This prevention program provides support to at-risk young people (14-24) and their families, exploring difficult issues affecting their relationship. With a family-centred approach, our goal is to help families resolve complex relationship issues, develop positive relationships, increase communication, and, where possible, divert youth from the shelter system.

Homelessness
Family and individual counselling are offered to young people (16-24) who are homeless, living in shelters, “couch-surfing”, or housing insecure. Our objective is to support young people in re-establishing healthy and supportive relationships with those they define as family. When reconnecting with family is not possible or advisable, our service provides individual counselling, including emotional support, grief and loss counselling, life and coping skills.

Where: 360 Lesmill Road | Toronto, ON M3B 2T5

Contact: Nancy Abrams 416-441-3162 Ext. 242 | nabrams@evas.ca | www.evasinitiatives.com

Ernestine’s Women’s Shelter – Counselling

Group Name: Ernestine’s Women’s Shelter – Counselling

Description: Ernestine’s Women’s Shelter (EWS) was opened in 1983 by a group of community members who saw a need for a safe place for women and children fleeing violence. Since that time, Ernestine’s has assisted many families with critical immediate care services. Ernestine’s Women’s Shelter, an organization run by women, provides support and shelter for women and children escaping violence. Ernestine’s assists women and children in rebuilding their lives by providing crisis intervention and a range of holistic support services, while acknowledging the multitude of issues facing survivors of abuse. Ernestine’s adapts its services to honour diversity and the unique needs of the individual.

Ernestine’s Women’s Shelter provides 24-hour crisis and supportive counselling to women and children.
Counsellors work with clients to rebuild their lives by helping them set goals for the future and make plans to achieve those goals. The counsellors provide referrals and connect clients to resources. Counselling is for women and children who are experiencing violence and or abuse, have left an abusive or violent situation, are thinking of leaving an abusive or violent situation, have left the abuse or violent situation and are thinking of returning, and who want strategies for leaving an abusive or violent situation. This is a free service.

Where: P.O. Box 141, Stn. B | Etobicoke, ON M9W 5K9

When: Please call for more information on location and times.

Contact: 416-746-3701 press O (Crisis Line) | 416-743-1733 (Main Line) | sharlene@ernestines.ca | ernestines.ca

Ernestine’s Women’s Shelter – Child & Youth Program

Group Name: Ernestine’s Women’s Shelter – Child & Youth Program

Description: Ernestine’s Women’s Shelter (EWS) was opened in 1983 by a group of community members who saw a need for a safe place for women and children fleeing violence. Since that time, Ernestine’s has assisted many families with critical immediate care services. Ernestine’s Women’s Shelter, an organization run by women, provides support and shelter for women and children escaping violence. Ernestine’s assists women and children in rebuilding their lives by providing crisis intervention and a range of holistic support services, while acknowledging the multitude of issues facing survivors of abuse. Ernestine’s adapts its services to honour diversity and the unique needs of the individual.

The Child and Youth Program is dedicated to supporting children and youth between the ages of zero to eighteen, including male youth up to 18 years old, pregnant women and mothers. EWS believes that children have the right to be separate and distinct from their parents and as a result this program is designed to meet the children’s individual needs. The program is designed and facilitated with age appropriate activities to enhance development in the following areas:

  • Healthy Emotional Expression
  • Impact of Violence – creating a safe place for children to discuss and share their own experiences of violence
  • Early Prevention – informing children of their rights and advocacy. The program provides individual and group counselling.

Where: P.O. Box 141, Stn. B | Etobicoke, ON M9W 5K9

When: Please call for more information on location and times.

Contact: 416-746-3701 press O (Crisis Line) | 416-743-1733 (Main Line) | sharlene@ernestines.ca | ernestines.ca

Griffin Centre – Community/Family Support Services

Group Name: Griffin Centre – Community/Family Support Services

Description: Griffin Centre is an accredited non-profit, charitable, multi-service, mental health agency providing flexible and accessible services to youth, adults and their families.
Since 1975, Griffin Centre has been delivering services to people who thought their needs didn’t count. We continue to expand our programs and services to respond to the changing and emerging needs of diverse individuals in our community. We help them find solutions to their challenges. Griffin Centre’s programs and services are primarily funded by the Ministry of Community and Social Services and the Ministry of Children and Youth Services. We offer a range of professional services including; assessment, service coordination and planning, individual, family and group counselling, specialized day/residential services and respite services.

Griffin Centre provides support for youth and families dealing with conflicts and concerns at home, in school or in the community. For youth with emotional or mental health challenges which may be accompanied by a mild developmental disability. Who can access these services: youth 12 – 18 yrs of age at the point of referral, have mental health challenges or a dual diagnosis (mild to moderate developmental disability and mental health challenges), have mental health challenges and live in North York or have developmental disabilities and mental health challenges and live in the City of Toronto. How the Community/Family Support Services works:

  • Individual, family, and group counselling or crisis support
  • Telephone support and drop in services
  • Assessment of family strengths, concerns, the current request for service and to explore and coordinate service options with the youth and family
  • Parent education groups and workshops
  • School-based counselling, crisis supports, outreach, and consultation services
  • Assessment and treatment services for youth who have sexually offended
  • Substance use and mental health counselling and day program

Where: 1126 Finch Ave West, Unit 16 | Toronto, ON M3J 3J6

When: Please call for more information.

Contact: 416-222-1153 | contact@griffincentre.org | www.griffincentre.org

Malvern Family Resource Centre – Counselling Services

Group Name: Malvern Family Resource Centre – Counselling Services

Description: Malvern Family Resource Centre (MFRC) as a social service agency strives to be sensitive to the different and changing needs of the diverse communities we serve including people with disabilities. Malvern Family Resource Centre is committed to strengthening families and individuals through inclusive and effective programs and services for children, youth, women, seniors and families in the Rouge River riding. Malvern Family Resource Centre is committed to developing policies, practices and procedures that respect and promote the dignity and independence of people with disabilities, as well as integration and equality of opportunity.

Strengthening Families is our Business. We aim to positively change and improve family life by offering various programs and services. MFRC provides free, confidential counselling for youth and their families in the Rouge River Riding. Appointments can be made for individual, group or family sessions.
Counselling can support you in dealing with issues that you may feel are beyond your control. It can help you learn new coping skills, better understand yourself and improve your relationships.

To book an appointment call the counselor or make a referral request to any staff member at Malvern Family Resource Centre.

Where: 90 Littles Road | Scarborough, ON M1B 5E2

When: Please call for more information.

Contact: 416-284-4654 Ext. 28 | 416-284-4184 | mfrc.org

Family Service Toronto – Walk-In Counselling

Group Name: Family Service Toronto – Walk-In Counselling

Description: Family Service Toronto (FST) helps people face a wide variety of life challenges. For almost 100 years, we have been assisting families and individuals through counselling, community development, advocacy and public education programs. Our services are available to everyone who lives or works in Toronto.

We offer a FREE single session counselling session with a trained Counsellor or Psychotherapist. The counselling session is usually about 50 minutes and is open to all persons 18 years of age and older.
Single Session Counselling can provide you with the emotional support, feedback and ideas on how to make positive changes in your life. Each counselling session is treated like a distinct counselling session with no expectation that you come back for a subsequent session. At the Walk-In you may receive handouts specific to your particular concern (e.g. communication tips on dealing with conflict, working with your anger in a positive way, thought records to monitor thinking patterns). You may also receive referral information to other community supports and resources, websites, apps, books, articles or groups). All members of the community are welcome with no restrictions based on age or address. *** No appointment or referral is required. Counselling is offered in English. Some of our counsellors are fluent in other languages (French, Mandarin, Farsi, Spanish and possibly other languages; to confirm call.

Where: 355 Church Street | Toronto, ON M5B 1Z8

When: Wednesdays from 4 p.m. until 8 p.m. Please arrive by 6:45 p.m. at the latest.

Contact: 416-595-9618 | sau@familyservicetoronto.org | www.familyservicetoronto.org

Afghan Women’s Organization – Family Support

Group Name: Afghan Women’s Organization – Family Support

Description: Afghan Women’s Organization (AWO) first opened its doors to address the needs of Afghan women living in Ontario. AWO began by offering English training and settlement services for newly arrived Afghan women. Not only have we significantly expanded these particular services, but have also considerably broadened the scope of our projects and programs. Currently, the AWO’s various projects and programs are assisting hundreds of Afghan refugees immigrate to Canada; helping ease the settlement process for many new immigrants in Ontario; providing resources to find employment and training opportunities; offering psychological support; and creating individual and group counseling for families, seniors and youth.

Family Support
Through counselling and education, the AWO’s Family Crisis Support Program helps families within the Afghan community resolve domestic issues. The program’s approach to addressing conflicts and crisis within the families is influenced by their understanding of cultural norms and values within Afghan society. The Family Crisis Support program works with shelters, the police, and the court system to provide counseling and education on:

  • Spousal Abuse
  • Child Abuse
  • Child Neglect
  • Conflict Resolution

There are also information sessions on conflict resolution techniques, improving communication between partners, improving communication with children, and improving communication among siblings. Counselling sessions are arranged to help families address and resolve intra-family issues. The counselling sessions are strictly confidential and culturally competent. *Services are provided in Dari, Pashto, Farsi, Urdu, Hindi, Punjabi and English.

Where: 789 Don Mills Rd., # 700 | Toronto, ON M3C 1T5

When: Please call for more information on location and times.

Contact: 416-588-3585 | ageneral@afghanwomen.org | www.afghanwomen.org

The Redwood

Group Name: The Redwood

Description: Since 1993, we’ve been here to help women and children live free from domestic violence. Free from fear. Free from threat. Leaving an abusive situation is one of the toughest things any woman or child has to face. The Redwood provides the emotional, practical and social support that families need to get their lives back on track – we offer free and confidential services in 170 different languages.

Leaving an abusive situation is one of the toughest things you’ll ever have to face.
How will you look after small children? Where will you find affordable housing? If you’re new to Canada, how will you find support in an unfamiliar environment? You’ll find the answers at The Redwood. We offer:

  • A safe free refuge 24 hours of the day
  • Services in your language
  • Telephone counseling
  • Counseling for you and your children
  • Housing support services
  • Referral to subsidized daycare and school registration
  • Job readiness training and employment counselling
  • Legal support in immigration, family law and legal aid
  • Referral and advocacy to gain access to ESL, healthcare and other services

At The Redwood, thousands of women and children found the way out – and the way up. You can too.

Where: P.O. Box 16023 | Toronto, ON M6J 3W2

When: Please call for more details.

Contact: 416-533-8538 ( 24/7 Crisis Line) | 416-533-9372 | www.theredwood.com

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