Phase 2 – 16 Week Peer Support Group Program – “Forging Individual Transformation”


The Gatehouse Adult Phase 2 – 16 Week All Gender Identities  “Forging Individual Transformation” Program

Required: Registrants must have completed The Gatehouse phase 1 program prior to registering for this program.

Program Description

This 16 week, (all gender identities) group will invite you to continue your healing journey from childhood sexual abuse in a more in-depth focus on specific topics that participants have expressed interest in during the Phase 1 program: Incorporating trauma-focused, mindfulness living techniques and meditation individuals are able to further develop and enhance positive coping skills as they continue their journey of healing.

Topics discussed include:

  • Issues, Perceptions and Belief Systems
  • Actions and Reflections
  • Self and Other
  • Forgiveness
  • Moving meditations/Chi Kung/Yoga
  • Meditation and Imagery
  • Moving beyond Stuckness
  • Creating your sacred path
  • Personal Transformation

Program Structure

The first five weeks of the program are centered around writing and discussing core beliefs (helpful vs. unhelpful), setting SMART goals for your healing journey, writing your story, grounding and integrating strategies for continued healing, setting intentions, exploring sub-personalities through the concepts of Psychosynthesis and Neuroplasticity: The brain can be rewired post-trauma to de-construct shame, guilt, vulnerability, explore the authentic self and the wise advocate, integrating PAUSE (Paying Attention Unveils Sacred Experiences) meditation practices and exploring forgiveness. Participants will explore the key issue(s); creating healthy relationships, creating a meaningful life, getting past self-sabotaging behaviours, anger issues, shame, guilt, depression and fear. Participants will also continue self-reflective activities including writing their story and the opportunity to share it with the group.

Homework: Each week, participants will be provided with videos links to watch and self-reflective questions, after each session for continued practice. Questions include what surfaced for you in terms of thoughts, feelings, or sensations and how the themes discussed in the videos may be helpful to the healing journey? Videos about trust-building, boundaries, and emotional first aid provide insights into the experiences of shame, guilt, vulnerability, pre-trauma and post-trauma experiences, learning about unhelpful thinking patterns, and the application of mindfulness – 4 steps as per Dr. Jeffrey Schwartz. 


Phase 2 engages more thoroughly with beliefs and perceptions of participants including writing your story. As with any peer support self-exploration process, such activities may bring up feelings of fear, sadness and anxiousness in the group process. It is imperative that program participants have a support network outside of The Gatehouse including other peers, therapy, or social work support. To search for additional mental health support resources in your community check out the e-mental health website here

Where? The phase 2 program is delivered in both in-person and online via Zoom formats. It is facilitated by two trained Gatehouse volunteers. The phase 2 group is an all-gender identities group.

Time/Days Offered: Mondays and/or Thursdays 6-8 times per year. The program is 16 weeks, 7 pm to 9 pm each session. Day groups may be available 2-3 times per year depending on participant interest and facilitators’ availability.  Contact Karen MacKeigan, Program Assistant for upcoming group dates.

FeesThe program fee is $160 ($10 per session x 16 sessions). Sliding scale/reduced rate available for low income/ODSP/OW participants. You will be invoiced via email. If you prefer e-transfer, please e-transfer the fee to Maria at

  • How to register for Phase 2?
    • Must complete phase 1 prior to registering for this program
    • Registration form and phase 2 orientation meeting attendance required. Due to COVID19, all meetings are being conducted over Zoom.
    • Download the Phase 2PH2-Intake Form (PDF) or PH2-Intake Form  (MS Word document)
    • Complete and send to Karen MacKeigan, Program Assistant
    • Registration is on a first come first served basis and persons who have previously completed a phase 2 may be wait-listed.
    • A phase 2 orientation meeting will be scheduled with Paula to determine your readiness to commit to the full 16 weeks of the program, including a willingness to engage with the weekly homework exercises, and your self-care plan/practices.
    • The materials fee must be paid prior to starting the group and is non-refundable.


Questions? If you have any questions about the Phase 2 Program please email Karen MacKeigan, Program Assistant

New to online meetings? Check out Participants – Tips to enhance Peer Support Group Meetings

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