From Estrangement to Reconciliation

The Road from Estrangement to Reconciliation

This is a co-ed group for survivors of childhood sexual abuse.

Prerequisite: Participants must have completed both Phase 1 and Phase 2 Gatehouse programs prior to this group.


This 15-week peer-led support program looks at the difficult and complex issues for survivors when you have been estranged from family, friends, and community and how reconciliation can help you move forward in your healing journey.

The program is based on the book “I Thought We’d Never Speak Again” written by Laura Davis.

The 15-week group discusses a different theme or topic each week and is led by two Gatehouse trained volunteer facilitators.

Topics Include:

  • The Pain of Estrangement
  • The Importance of Boundaries and Autonomy When Reconciling
  • Finding Clarity
  • Commitment to the Reconciliation Process
  • Discussions on Forgiveness
  • The Difference Between Reconciliation and Forgiveness
  • Communication and Conflict Resolution Skills
  • The Benefits of Reconciliation: Re-engaging with Family and Community

Program Readiness & Evaluation: There is a pre-group questionnaire to be completed before registration to ensure participants are ready for this group.  Participants are also invited to complete a post group attendance questionnaire and submit feedback.


15 weeks Thursday evenings, 7 pm to 9 pm at The Gatehouse *

1-2 groups per year – Typically held in the Fall.

Program Cost: Free

Materials Cost: There is a $20 cost for the program workbook.


For further program information and to take the pre-group questionnaire please contact:

Volunteer: Pat Adams, Volunteer Facilitator, 416-255-5900

Staff: Maria Barcelos, Executive Director, 416-255-5900 x225

*May change due to space availability

The Gatehouse, a community based charitable organization that provides much-needed support, resources, and community to survivors of childhood sexual abuse. Survivors of sexual abuse are in desperate need of our support and services and The Gatehouse relies on the generosity of individuals, foundations, and businesses to fund and expand our creative programs including peer support groups, art therapy, wellness workshops, conferences, and the investigation support program.

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