Abuse Recovery Program

The walls we build around us to keep out the sadness, also keep out the joy.  Jim Rohn

Within the Abuse Recovery Program at the Golden Family Center there are three different programs to help women, children and youth who have experienced or witnessed violence or abuse, or who are facing or witnessing violence or abuse now:

The Abuse Recovery Program has two part-time counsellors who use Art Therapy, Expressive Arts Therapy and Play Therapy as well as other types of counselling approaches to meet the needs of their clients, and help promote safety and recovery.

People who have experienced abuse may come for help for a variety of reasons:

  • Depression
  • Anxiety
  • Fear
  • Coping with change and loss
  • Trauma related injuries
  • Feeling hopeless or thinking about suicide
  • Anger management
  • Stress management
  • Questions about sexuality
  • Questions about social, cultural, and economic values

How we work

  • Your counsellor will work with you and/or your child or teen to identify issues and concerns, strengths and resources, and to help determine counselling goals.
  • We help you explore the emotional and psychological impacts of the trauma.
  • We emphasize creating safety and developing healthy boundaries.
  • We focus on the specific behavioural, emotional, mental, and physical consequences of the abuse or violence.
  • We help you explore past and present coping strategies, and work with you to develop and strengthen your personal coping skills.
  • We can refer you or your child or teen to other related services, when appropriate.
  • Services use an individual and/or group approach, based on the needs of individual women, children or youth.

The Abuse Recovery Programs at the Golden Family Center are funded by the Ministry of Justice