Online Group Therapy and Free Sponsored Group Therapy

  • Free Sponsored Therapy Groups (Click Here to Learn How We Can Offer Free Online Groups)
  • Participate Anonymously (Click Here to Learn How)
  • Accessible to All, No Payment Required for Free Groups, No Hidden Fees
  • Live, Online Access from the Comfort of Your Home
  • Extended Benefits Coverage
  • Led by Registered Therapists
  • Over 20 Years ‘ Experience
  • 300,000+ Sessions to Date
  • Helping over 35,000+ Canadians Access Trusted Mental Health Support

Next Online Therapy Group:

Begins May 20th for 6 weeks
CBT for Anxiety

Maximum Participants: 12 spots

These therapeutics groups are offered on a first-come-first-served basis. Once the maximum number of participants is reached, the group will be closed for that session.


Our next free online group:


Sponsor: Bayridge Counselling Centres

Cost: FREE (Value $660)

6-Week Therapeutic Online Group
Starts: Tuesday, May 20th, 2021 from 7pm – 8pm

Who Can Attend: Anyone Who is 18 Years Old and Suffers from Anxiety. This group would not be suitable for those suffereing with anxiety due to PTSD. Please call us to discuss a PTSD-specialized therapeutic plan.

Therapist Lead: Nicole Callandar, RSSW


Our friendly client intake spacialist are here to assist you.



Is anxiety causing you difficulty at work, home, school or in relationships? Many people live with significant anxiety that creates emotional distress.

You are not alone. Often it is difficult to determine why it is happening or what to do about it when you feel overwhelmed and anxious.

Our goal is to create a safe therapeutic space led by a professional psychotherapist to answer your questions, provide therapy and to help you create a path to wellness and emotional calm.

You may have many questions and we can help you find the answers.

Providing online group therapy aligns with our Community Mission to increase access to trusted mental health support for all.

What's Covered In The Group? 6 - Week Outline

MODULE 1 - Why do I worry?

  • Causes of anxiety
  • Genetic
  • Life Stressors
  • Medical
  • Hormonal

MODULE 2 - How do my thoughts impact my feelings

  • Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) Model - linking thoughts to emotions to behaviour
  • Challenging anxiety and looking for distortion that creates anxiety

MODULE 3 - How do my daily habits impact my anxiety?

  • Many different aspects of daily living impact anxiety
  • Activity level
  • Sleep habits
  • Negative focus
  • Diet
  • Caffeine

MODULE 4 - What can I do to feel less anxious

  • Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT)
  • Mindfulness
  • Diet and exercise
  • Reduce stress
  • Medication if indicated

MODULE 5 - Why does my anxiety seem to get better and then come back again?

  • Identifying anxiety-causing triggers and situations
  • Noticing the beginning stages of anxiety and creating a plan to prevent significant anxiety

MODULE 6 - How do I get well and stay well?

  • Creating a wellness plan to stay emotionally healthy
  • Identifying situations and triggers that may lead to elevated anxiety


Nicole Callandar, RSSW
Registered with the Ontario College of Social Workers and Social Services Workers

Focus: Anxiety, Anger Management, Adults, Adolescents, Youth Issues, Self-esteem, Teen-Parent Relationships, Mental Health Issues, Problematic Behaviour

“I am registered with the Ontario College of Social Workers and Social Service Workers. I have specialized training in Anxiety, Anger Management, Cognitive Behaviour Therapy, Individuals with Special Needs and Adolescents.

My biggest passion is empowering individuals to find the resources they need to become the best version of themselves.

I am experienced to help individuals of all ages overcome issues such as anxiety, depression, work and stress management. I am the mother of four children. Two of my children have special needs (my daughter has a severe genetic disability and my son has ADHD, Executive Functioning issues and severe learning disabilities).

It’s a rewarding and privileged experience to walk along the path of self-empowerment with my clients. I would be honoured to take the journey with you.”

How Can We Offer FREE Group Therapy for Some Sessions?

Learn more about how we engage with our community to increase access to mental health support for all.

FREE Sponsored Groups

As part of our community we have partnered with companies that share our vision to bring greater access to mental health support. Through sponsored partnerships, these companies agree to cover the costs for one group per month. Your privacy is our priority. We never share any participant’s info with sponsors.

Online Group Therapy

Along with free sponsored group therapy, we also offer affordable group sessions for a 1-time fee. Wondering what type of issues are covered through group therapy? They include anger management, family conflict, how to talk to your teens, dealing with betrayal, and more. Reach out to us for a full schedule of upcoming groups.

Capturing Efficiencies Through Technology

With access to the internet through our smart devices, more people are able to access services online that previously could only be offered in person. If, at any time, group therapy participants wish to schedule a 1-on-1 session with the therapist, they can simply book an online session, regardless of the therapist’s location.

To date, we have supported over
35,000+ Canadians.

“My story began in the same place as many of our clients’ stories begin: in tragedy and grief. After losing a family member in an auto accident, I found the right support and it changed my life. This therapeutic connection helped me process my grief and began the healing process.

This experience changed the course of my life and began what would be our mission of creating Bayridge Counselling.”


How it Works

We’re here to answer any questions you may have on how group therapy works:

Easy Access Online

All our group therapy sessions are offered online. Log in from the comfort of your home. Our online group therapy is offered over a private connection.

Participate Anonymously

Group therapy may feel uncomfortable for some. We understand that and this is why we allow all participants the choice to either enable their video or use an anonymous avatar. Click here to learn more about our group protocols..

Registered Therapists

All online therapy groups are led by registered Bayridge therapists. Bayridge Counselling Centres include 40+ therapist specialists.


Our journey began with Bayridge Counselling Centres. Over 20 years ago, our founder Kim Christink, opened the first clinic and we have since grown to nine centres throughout Ontario, with 40+ therapy specialists. Along with support staff, we also employ caring client coordinators who will focus on understanding your needs in order to match you with the best therapist for you.

Online therapy groups are led by the same qualified therapists that work in our centres. All Bayridge therapists are hand-picked and must meet our Excellence in Therapy qualifications.

Through this journey we have seen how hard it has been for some people to access trusted, quality mental health support. Our mission has always been the same. We develop services and work with partners with one focused desire: to increase the access to quality mental health support.


  • Registered Social Workers
  • Registered Psychotherapists
  • Registered Psychologists
  • Educational Specialists
  • ADHD Program for Kids & Teens
  • Sexual Health Specialist
  • Psycho-Educational Specialists
  • Medical Doctors


We’ve supported 35,000+ individuals and completed over 300,000 sessions to date.


CBT is a clinically and research-proven breakthrough in mental health care. Cognitive Behavior Therapy combines two very effective kinds of psychotherapy – cognitive therapy and behaviour therapy. Behavior therapy helps you weaken the connections between troublesome situations and your habitual reactions to them. Reactions such as fear, depression or rage, and self-defeating or self-damaging behavior. It also teaches you how to calm your mind and body, so you can feel better, think more clearly, and make better decisions. Cognitive therapy teaches you how certain thinking patterns are causing your symptoms — by giving you a distorted picture of what’s going on in your life, and making you feel anxious, depressed or angry for no good reason, or provoking you into ill-chosen actions. When combined into CBT, behavior therapy and cognitive therapy provide you with very powerful tools for stopping your symptoms and getting your life on a more satisfying track.

Although all therapeutic groups follow the rule “what is said in group, stays in group” and participants agree not to discuss anything about others in their group, we understand that this trust can be challenging and uncomfortable, so you may remain anonymous when in group.

Bayridge uses Zoom to run the groups. The settings provide you with the option to add an avatar (a picture of something other than yourself), as well as the ability to set your name with first name only or a nickname.

Although you can have complete anonymity from other participants in the group, the therapist must know who you are. When you register for the group you will be asked to provide correct information and also asked what name you would like to go by while participating in the online group.

Please Note: if you are needing a certificate for court purpose, the therapists needs your camera turned on. In these situations, our therapist needs to be able to report that you have attended.

Sponsored Online Therapy Groups are provided free of charge to participants. The costs to provide this group are covered by our partners as part of our shared mission to provide greater access to trusted mental health support.
To sign up, you simply contact our front office and the client care specialist will assist you in registering for the group. They will need to do a quick intake over the phone which will include gathering some general information and the name you will use in the group. They will also answer any questions you may have. You will then be scheduled into the group sessions and be sent an invite and a consent form to be completed.
Our therapists are busy and see clients back-to-back, all day; however, we have a wonderful administrative team who will help you out by answering any questions you might have and sending a message to your therapist, if needed.
Yes! You may certainly continue with individual counselling after you have completed the group sessions! Many clients like to move on to individual sessions to continue on the road to increased self-awareness and growth in other areas of their life or relationships. Having a therapist is much like having other health professionals on your team, like your dentist, massage therapist or trainer. These are people we have in our lives to help us keep healthy. We have a wide range of exceptional therapists to choose from. Our therapists have a variety of credentials, specializations and years of experience and, as such, the fees vary from therapist to therapist. Our helpful client care specialist will assist you in selecting a therapist who will be a good fit for you. For those of you who have extended health care benefits through work, your sessions may be covered. Please look into your benefits to determine what credentials your therapist is required to have.
Of course! We have two client care specialists who would be happy to answer any questions you may have about joining up for a group. They are on the phone and ready to help! Monday to Thursday 8:30am to 6pm Friday 8:30am to 3:30pm Or you can live chat with them on our website. After hours you can email them.
Participants must abide by the following rules.
  • Respect the emotional safety of the confidential environment.
  • To create an environment everyone feels safe sharing in, we require confidentiality from the participants. What happens and is said in the group is confidential. It is not to be shared outside of the group.
  • Respect for all participants is expected. Not everyone’s experience with anxiety is the same. It is important to have an open mind about other participants’ experiences.
  • Give opportunity for all group members to participate.
  • The same participants will be together for the full six-week program.