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13 May

Art Therapy Webinar-June 14, 2021 – 4pm EST

Register Here   Art Therapy Intro Workshop Date & Time: Monday, June 14, 2021 04:00 PM in Eastern Time (US and Canada) Cost: $40 (CDN)   Description: Workshop Description: 1 Hour The Introduction to Art Therapy Workshop will help participants explore the possible benefits of art therapy firsthand through guided exercises by a trained Art Psychotherapist. The focus of the art therapy exercises will be...

09 Jun

How to be an Ally to the LGBTQ+ Community

How to be an Ally to the LGBTQ+ Community Written By: Maria Barcelos, MA, Executive Director &  Ian Kelly, Peer Support Facilitator LGBTQ+ Community Member This June, we stand in solidarity with the LGBTQ+ community and ask our members to also be allies. Being an ally takes many forms, including standing up to prejudice against the LGBTQ+ community, advocating for LGBTQ+ rights and access to services, showing pride support by sharing events and information about LGBTQ+,...

09 Jun

Debunking Childhood Sexual Abuse Myths & LGBTQ+ Community

Debunking Childhood Sexual Abuse Myths & LGBTQ+ Community By: Maria Barcelos, MA, Executive Director & Registered Psychotherapist (Qualifying) There are many myths surrounding childhood sexual abuse, including myths involving gender expression, sexual orientation, and potential offending behaviours. It is important to note that myths about CSA trauma further perpetuate survivors’ silence, shame, and guilt. Myths have the power to silence and further re-victimize survivors of childhood sexual abuse. It is imperative that as a healing community,...

09 Jun

Partners & Support Persons of Survivors and the Healing Journey

Partners & Support Persons of Survivors and the Healing Journey The trauma of childhood sexual assault and child abuse, including the feelings of guilt, shame, fear, or anger that ensue are often brought into relationships, intimate and otherwise by survivors. For many survivors, childhood trauma is not something that is discussed until decades later. These experiences may leave the partners at a loss for how to help their survivor partner through their healing journey when they do...

09 Jun

Letting go of your past – Moving Beyond Childhood Sexual Abuse Trauma

Letting go of your past – Moving Beyond Childhood Sexual Abuse Trauma By: Maria Barcelos, MA, Executive Director, The Gatehouse & Registered Psychotherapist (Qualifying) It happened. Childhood sexual abuse does not define who I am as a person. This is a realization that took me decades to accept. I often thought that if someone knew, they would not want to be my friend, or they would look at me differently. I am not alone in this....