Supporting Your Family’s Mental Health

Do you have a child who is struggling with any of the following?

  • difficulty regulating emotions/ very sensitive temperament
  • anxiety, depression, OCD, or suicidal ideation
  • Grief due to the death of a family member, divorce, or other losses
  • Conflict or disconnection in the parent-child relationship

If you are waiting for therapy services for your child or wondering where to start, this group may be a perfect place for you. Or, if your child has already been receiving individual therapy, but is still struggling, join us to learn ways you can play a meaningful, effective role in their recovery.

This support group for parents/ caregivers takes place over 7 weeks starting September 2023 and will jump-start your knowledge and skills, equipping you with therapeutic techniques.

You may be thinking …. but what about my child/ teen? They need therapy and support, not me. Why would I attend this group?
This course is based on an approach called Emotion Focused Family Therapy (EFFT). EFFT engages parents to learn ways to help their loved ones, honouring the emotional bond between parent and child that is uniquely powerful. This video explains so well why it’s YOU who I want to work with!

https://www.mentalhealthfoundations.ca/why-we-want-you

This approach also honours that caregivers deserve support when their loved one is struggling. Too often, caregivers are left out by the mental health system. Yet, you are the most important person to your child. Of course you need and deserve to be involved!

There is also a strong component integrated into these group sessions around your own mental health and self-care. Parents are facing overwhelming pressures given the rising incidence of mental health issues faced by youth. With increased awareness and strategies to understand your triggers and regulate your own emotions when faced with parenting stress, you will notice positive changes in your interactions with your loved ones.

Lastly, at the end of group, I help each family to make a plan for next steps, including connecting you for individual follow-up for you or your child, depending on your needs.

When:

I will run two groups in the fall. The content for the groups will be the same, but I am offering different times to make this service as accessible as possible to participants around work and family schedules.

Evening Group
Wednesdays from 6:30 pm-8 pm
Dates: Oct. 4 - Nov. 15, 2023

Daytime Group
Thursdays from 12 pm-1:30 pm
Dates: Oct. 5 - Nov. 16, 2023

Cost:

$125 per session

Total for 7 weeks: $875

Deposit of $250 due at time of registration

Credit card is preferred for payment

If you have a benefits plan (Ex: SunLife, Manulife) and it includes coverage for mental health services, a portion or all of the cost may be covered. Please check with your provider. You will receive receipts that specify this as “Social Work Services” and “Group Therapy”, which is typically covered by benefits plans.

Other details:

  • These will be small groups, to create a comfort level for participants and allow for discussion. A maximum of 8 families will be enrolled.
  • The cost is per family - if your spouse/ partner can attend too, there is no additional cost for the second parent. Receipts can be divided among both parents.
  • The strategies learned can help parents of children of any age, but the sessions will be geared mainly towards parents of children/ teens ages 7 years old and up.
  • There will be regular pauses for discussion and questions/ comments are welcomed throughout the sessions. Participants are also able to sit back and listen, like attending a workshop. I respect that everyone learns differently.
  • You will need to have a strong WiFi connection and a quiet, private place for these meetings.
  • We will encourage and discuss confidentiality as part of the group to create safety.
  • After each weekly session, I will email the slides, handouts, and other resources to participants.

To Register:

Email me at [email protected]

Phone: (613) 867-7186

Typically, I will arrange for a brief phone call to answer questions and explore if this is the right fit for you. I will then send an intake and consent form and set up your registration. Please reach out with any questions you may have!

Also, you can download my free guide on emotion coaching and receive my monthly email newsletters by following this link to my homepage:

https://doucettetherapy.com/