Groups + Retreats

Workshops and Groups

We can all learn from each other. At WestCoast Vitality, we believe in the benefits of group therapy in addressing certain types of concerns. Accessing group support can help you to feel less alone as you work through the issues you are facing.

We also believe that knowledge can be a very powerful tool and so we offer a variety of psycho-educational workshops regularly throughout the year. These workshops cover some of the topics frequently stated by our clients as their reasons for seeking therapy. These workshops can be helpful to both those struggling with one of these issues as well as those supporting them.

Below you will find a list and description of each of the workshops and groups that we are currently offering. Some of these workshops will soon be offered in an online format. Please contact us if you are interested in accessing these as an online resource.

  • First Aid For Anxiety

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    This is a 3 hour workshop designed to put some concrete coping skills in your tool box for identifying and combating the negative effects of stress and anxiety. You will be provided with a basic overview of how stress and anxiety can impact your mind, body, emotions, and behaviour. You will also be provided with a variety of practical tools, tips, and techniques that engage both your mind and body. You will walk away equipped with the tools to take control of your anxiety and be at your personal best.

    This workshop is offered at both the Kitsilano and Downtown locations. Cost is $75 per participant. Groups range in size from 4 to 8 people.

  • What is Anxiety?

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    This 1.5 hour informational workshop will review some of the current information on anxiety as well as outlining some basic coping techniques. This is an interactive workshop that encourages participants to ask questions, making the information more relevant to their specific interests. This workshop is helpful for anyone who is interested in learning more about this widespread mental health concern whether it is something that struggle with themselves or whether they are in a support role for someone they love.

    The workshop is offered at the Kitsilano and Downtown locations. Cost is $40 per participant. Groups range in size from 4 to 8 people.

  • Making Sense of Depression

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    This 1.5 hour informational workshop will review some of the current information on depression and the various types of mood disorders as well as outlining some of the current treatment approaches. It will also address the topic of suicidal thoughts and the safety concerns tied with this. It is an interactive workshop that encourages participants to ask questions, making the information more relevant to their specific interests. This workshop is helpful for anyone who struggling with depression themselves as well as those who are in a support role for someone they love.

    The workshop is offered at the Kitsilano and Downtown locations. Cost is $40 per participant. Groups range in size from 4 to 8 people.

  • The Stranger in the Mirror

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    This 1.5 hour informational workshop will take a look at some of the challenges surrounding body image and self-esteem. It will also review some of the current information around eating disorders and how to access support if you or someone you love is struggling with this type of concern. This is an interactive workshop that encourages participants to ask questions, making the information more relevant to their specific interests. It is open to anyone who is interested in learning more about body image perception and the physical as well as emotional challenges associated with eating disorders.

    The workshop is offered at the Kitsilano and Downtown locations. Cost is $40 per participant. Groups range in size from 4 to 8 people.

  • My Body, My Choices

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    This 1.5 hour informational workshop will explore the concepts of consent, identifying personal sexual boundaries, the dangers of labels, and staying true to yourself in challenging situations. It will also look at exploring your physical sense of self and how that can be impacted by a variety of life events. In addition, it will address some of the myths surrounding sexual assault and how to access support if you or someone you know has experienced this type of offense. This is an interactive workshop that encourages participants to ask questions, making the information as personally useful as possible.

    Please note: As issues surrounding sexuality and identity can differ at various stages of life, the facilitator tries to group participants into similar age categories (where possible) to make this information as relevant as possible to the participants.

  • Surviving The Holidays

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    It’s the most wonderful time of the year…Or is it?

    The holiday season can be a lot of fun but for many people, it can also be a stressful and difficult time. Family pressure, multiple social obligations, financial stressors, feelings of loneliness and isolation. Join Registered Clinical Counsellor, Rebekkah Stainton for a 2 hour crash course in Surviving the Holidays.

    This workshop is offered at both the Kitsilano and Downtown locations. Cost is $65 per participant. Groups range in size from 4 to 8 people.

Retreats

There's something to be said about stepping away from your regular routine in order to take some time for yourself and gain insight. The retreats listed below offer you an opportunity to do just that.

Here are some of the retreats that we currently offer. If you would like to learn more, please contact us.

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