Phase One – 15-week Adult Peer Support Group Program
Since 1998, The Gatehouse has offered support groups for Adult survivors of childhood sexual abuse through social re-connection, education, and information on the effects that sexual abuse can have.
Phase 1 – 15-week peer-led groups offer support for survivors of childhood sexual abuse in a safe and comfortable environment. A place to come together and have their voice heard. Our community-based setting supports adults as they move out of isolation and into inclusion as they continue their healing journey. Through facilitated discussions, men and women are given the tools to develop or enhance positive coping skills and the impacts that childhood sexual abuse can have on an individual.
The 15-week group discusses a different theme or topic each week and is led by two Gatehouse trained volunteer facilitators.
Required: Participants must be over the age of 18 and be survivors of childhood sexual abuse. Persons who have sexual offenses/sexual offending behaviour are not permitted in the group programs.
Some of the topics that are discussed include:
- Triggers (Nightmares Brochure PDF)
- Moving out of isolation into inclusion
- Anger (Anger Brochure PDF)
- Inner child
- Re-establishing healthy boundaries (Partners Brochure PDF)
- Sexuality (Sexuality Brochure PDF)
- Loss and grief
- Addictions (Addictions Brochure PDF)
- Flashback and grounding techniques (Flashbacks Brochure PDF)
- PTSD (PTSD Brochure PDF)
- Neuroplasticity (Neuroplasticity Brochure PDF)
6-10 cycles of the group are offered throughout the year – typically every other month. All groups are held at The Gatehouse location on different evenings. Note, some Women’s Groups are also available during the day (on a limited basis).
Women’s Group (Evenings): Tuesday evening, 7 pm-9 pm * Please note there is a waitlist for this program.
Women’s Day Group Thursday 12 pm – 2 pm – New group starting soon. Contact Stephanie for more info
Men’s Group (Evenings): Wednesday evening, 7 pm-9 pm. Contact Stephanie for more info
- An intake (pre-group) meeting is required prior to attending a group.
- Individuals self-refer by contacting the program coordinators listed below.
- **Closed group process and no new participants are added to the group beyond the second week**.
For further program information and to schedule an intake meeting, please contact the Gatehouse at 416-255-5900 and speak to anyone in the office. Please mention to the person attending the call that you are calling to schedule an initial intake:
You may also email the following program contacts:
Program Coordinator, Phase 1 Women’s Groups: Stephanie Alves, or 416-255-5900 ext. 221.
Men’s & Phase 2 Groups: Maria Barcelos, Executive Director or 416-255-5900 ext.225.
Main office Desk: Intake scheduling x222
Program Cost: Free
Materials Cost: There is a $15 cost for the program workbook. You may also print out the manual and bring with you to the group.
Referral: No formal referral required. Participants self-refer
To download a copy of the phase 1 women/men’s program participant manual click below (PDF Version):
Note: The Gatehouse peer support group programs are for adult survivors of childhood sexual abuse [incidents occurring before the age of 18]. If the survivor was 18 years of age at the time of the sexual abuse/sexual assault, the following resources are available in the community:
Resources for Survivors of ADULT sexual assault:
Whats up Walk-In Counselling Services across City of Toronto http://www.whatsupwalkin.ca/
Your Choice – http://yourchoice.to/
The Canadian Centre for Men and Families – in Toronto (Downtown) –Provides counselling and groups for various issues that Men facehttps://menandfamilies.org/services/
Centre for Addiction and Mental Health CAMH – https://www.camh.ca/en/health-info/mental-illness-and-addiction-index/trauma
Catholic Family Services of Peel http://www.cfspd.com/
Family Services of Peel – http://fspeel.org/