Group Programs

Below is a listing of upcoming group programs.  If you have questions about any of these programs, please send an email to the clinic at or call the clinic at 416-650-8488.

NEW - Emotion-Focused Parent Coaching and Advanced Caregiving:  Support your Loved One Struggling with a Mental Health Issue or Life Challenge

Does your child - young or adult - suffer from anxiety, depression, substance problems, eating disorder, or other mental health concerns?  Are they struggling to manage their behaviour or a life transition?

Different from other mainstream parenting models and rooted in a deep belief in the healing power of families, parents and caregivers are taught practical skills and techniques to support their child regardless of his or her age and/or motivation for change.

Parents and caregivers are also supported with the emotional reactions that often arise throughout the challenging road toward recovery and wellness.

Cost:  $450.00 (an official receipt in the full amount of the $450.00 for 14 hours of psychological services will be provided for extended health coverage and tax purposes).

Trainers:  Dr. Joanne Dolhanty and Dr. Adele Lafrance

Click here for the registration form.


Cognitive Behavior Therapy Group for Teens Aged 15 - 17 (Grades 10 - 12) - Managing Your Anxiety and Worry

NEW START DATE:  Fall 2016

The clinic is pleased to offer this new group program for teens struggling with anxiety and worry.  In this group your child will learn practical skills to cope with anxiety, including:

  • How to understand and identify the cycle of anxiety and worry
  • How to use worry management techniques in everyday life
  • How to use relaxation techniques to reduce anxiety
  • How to challenge and reframe thinking patterns that promote anxiety
  • How to effectively deal with fear and other emotions triggered by anxiety

There will also be a number of concurrent parent session to help families learn how to support their adolescent in dealing with their anxiety.

The clinic is currently accepting registration for this group.  Once we have enough registrants the dates will be finalized.

LOCATION: Rm. 102, Behavioural Sciences Building, York University, Keele Campus (Steeles and Keele)

Fee: $300.00 for 10 sessions (which includes your child receiving a workbook, Chilled:  Cool Kids Anxiety Program Workbook and you receiving Cool Kids Adolescent Anxiety Program Parent Companion)

Important note regarding fees: Fees for psychological services are reimbursable through most workplace extended health plans. There are also some financial bursaries for families with limited financial resources. 

Please note: A brief assessment interview will be conducted prior to the group starting in order to ensure that your child will benefit from the program.

To register click here


Mindfulness-based Cognitive Behavior Therapy 2.0 - Fall Program

With the mindfulness ‘movement’ come visions and actions devoted to world peace and a more compassionate society. In this 8 week group we adopt an interpersonal focus, emphasizing peaceful, compassionate relationships with self and significant others. 

The mindfulness techniques emphasized are shamatha and tonglen, practices devoted to peace-making and healing exchanges where all people derive benefits. These approaches are integrated with an interpersonal approach to Cognitive Behaviour Therapy, changing the distorted thoughts and emotions that regularly occur and result in unnecessary internal and interpersonal conflict. This combination is further integrated with recent cognitive and neurophysiological research on mindfulness and CBT, where indices of brain health are used as scientific validations of subjective processes and their benefits.

Registration form and Start Date will be posted in early September, 2016


A Noon Hour of Mindfulness Training

Mindfulness meditation is being applied in every major medical centre and university setting in Canada. This is an introductory group that aims to use 8 consecutive noon-hours to guide participants towards a personal practice with pragmatic benefits (reduced stress and anxiety, improved sleep) and performance improvements (via better attentional control).

Registration form and Start Date will be posted in early September, 2016



Education Series:  Memory and Aging Program

This is a 5 week education workshop series that was developed and evaluated by Baycrest, a renowned academic health science centre focused on aging.  The program is designed to assist people approaching retirement age or in retirement who are interested in learning about memory changes that normally occur with age, and strategies to improve their everyday memory performance.

Dates: for next session not yet determined

To see a flyer more fully describing the program, click here.