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28 Mar

Mindfulness in the Garden – May 21 & 22

Mindfulness Group Sessions in the Healing Garden with Brad Hutchinson Dates: May 21 and 22, 2024 Time: 11am to 1pm Location: In person at The Gatehouse 3101 Lake Shore Blvd W., Toronto, ON, M8V 3W8 Cost: $60 per person. Partial proceeds support The Gatehouse. Reduced rate available for individuals on OW/ODSP. Register at https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSeoFTQS1Eh96E1pDooFIA7JXnyW4W0pO7LHDI44SrgY-a–JQ/viewform?usp=sf_link Through various meditation and mindfulness techniques, Brad leads participants on an exploration of their thoughts, emotions,...

23 Jan

Childhood Sexual Abuse Healing – Emotional Regulation & Practices

Childhood Sexual Abuse Healing – Emotional Regulation & Practices   Written by: Victoria Kong, Previous Placement Student, The Gatehouse Childhood sexual abuse (CSA) can have a wide range of effects in adulthood. Research shows that survivors of childhood sexual abuse can have serious and long-term impacts on their physical and mental health, along with their following sexual adjustment. It is notable that the experience of CSA and the negative emotional impacts can result in damaging a victim’s...

23 Jan

Importance of Community & Belonging   

Importance of Community & Belonging    Written By: Daniella Tucci, Previous Placement Student , The Gatehouse Childhood sexual abuse (CSA) is a very traumatic lived experience for people to hold onto for the rest of their lives. This type of abuse not only harms people physically, but as well leaves them emotionally scarred. Most often adult survivors struggle with feelings of isolation due to the impact of the abuse. Feelings of community, support, belonging, and trust may start...

23 Jan

Grounding Ourselves

Grounding Ourselves Written by: Brooke Byers, Social Service Worker Diploma, Previous Placement Student – The Gatehouse  What is Grounding?  We can ‘ground’ ourselves in the present and remind ourselves that we are safe and that we are not in danger (The survivors Trust). Grounding also known as ‘earthing’ is a therapeutic technique involving activities that ‘ground’ or reconnect you to the earth, this practice looks at earthing science and physics to explain how electrical charges...

13 Dec

The Importance of Chosen Family 

The Importance of Chosen Family  Written by: Thiviya Subramaniam, B.Sc., Previous Placement Student, The Gatehouse  A family can provide individuals with interpersonal connections and a reliable support network. But what happens when a survivor of childhood sexual abuse is not able to turn to their family for support? What happens when a survivor has experienced sexual violence from family members? Or their family takes the side of the abuser and is skeptical or discredits the survivor’s...