- 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
Online Group Therapy and Free Sponsored Group Therapy
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:
CBT FOR ANXIETY
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
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Our friendly client intake spacialist are here to assist you.
COGNITIVE BEHAVIOURAL THERAPY FOR ANXIETY
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
- Life Stressors
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
MODULE 4 - What can I do to feel less anxious
- Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT)
- 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
MEET THIS GROUP'S THERAPIST
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
“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.”
KIM CHRISTINK , EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR
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.
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..
All online therapy groups are led by registered Bayridge therapists. Bayridge Counselling Centres include 40+ therapist specialists.
ABOUT BAYRIDGE COUNSELLING CENTRES
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.
OUTSTANDING THERAPISTS &
MENTAL HEALTH SPECIALIST
- 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.
FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS ABOUT ONLINE GROUP THERAPY
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.
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.