Group Counselling

The Schlifer Clinic offers a number of open and closed counselling groups throughout the year, with the exception of summer. Information on the groups is available below, including how to register, if registration is required.  Please check back regularly to learn of added groups, or follow us on Facebook and Twitter to receive updates.

There is strength in numbers. Sometimes the best thing is to sit down with other women who are also in your situation and learn from each other how to cope and recover.

2017 Groups Requiring Registration

Resilient Threads

Come join with other women and create a storycloth or arpillera using fabric, embroidery, crocheting and applique on burlap. By tapping into your creativity, you will feel more confident, discover newly acquired coping strategies and/or build upon coping strategies you already knew you had.

Location: Barbra Schlifer Clinic 489 College Street, Suite 508
Dates: October 12 to December 7, 2017
Day: Thursdays
Time: 10:30 am – 1 pm


Registration is required. For more information or to register, please call: 416-323-9149 ext 234 or email

Language interpretation is available, including ASL or Deaf interpretation. Must be booked in advance by calling the Schlifer Clinic Intake at 416-323-9149 ext 234.


2017 Groups Not Requiring Registration

Women Empowering Women

This is a 6-week drop-in group for women who have experienced violence.  Join us in a welcoming group setting to build on or develop your communication skills, and learn effective ways to talk to workers in various organizations and governmental and community agencies.

Date: November 7 – December 12, 2017

Day: Tuesdays

Time: 10:30 a.m. to 12.30 p.m.

Location: Barbra Schlifer Clinic, 489 College Street, Suite 503


Registration for this group is NOT required. Just show up!


Spirited Women

This is a 6-week drop-in group for women survivors of violence, who have no prior group experience. Be a part of a welcoming group environment that unites women in a community. Even if you have participated in a group before, this group may be for you.

Date: November 16 – December 21, 2017

Day: Thursdays

Time: 1-3 p.m.

Location: Barbra Schlifer Clinic, 489 College Street, Suite 503


Registration for this group is NOT required. Just show up!

Out of Isolation, Winter 2016 Study

In winter 2016, the Barbra Schlifer Commemorative Clinic and Sistering offered a first stage, low-barrier drop-in group to provide homeless or precariously housed women who have experienced violence with the opportunity to attend weekly group sessions. The group was facilitated by Barbra Schlifer Clinic and Sistering counsellors. Dr. Catherine Classen conducted research on the group to explore the acceptability and effectiveness of trauma-informed group intervention on this specific demographic of women who are normally excluded from trauma groups.

2017 Groups Requiring Registration

Information on Closed Groups that require registration will be made avaiIable throughout the year. Please check back for more information, or follow us on Facebook or Twitter to receive updates.

Gardiner Expressive Arts Group

Each year, the Gardiner Museum of Ceramic Art and the Barbra Schlifer Commemorative Clinic partner together to offer a Trauma-Informed Art Therapy Group to women who have experienced violence.  This year’s group will run from September 26 to December 5 at the Gardiner Museum. The group ends with a public opening night exhibition in which individual works are displayed.

Eligibility for the group:

  • Previous group experience is required
  • Have individual counselling for the duration of the group

This is a closed group. For more information please call the Barbra Schlifer Clinic at 416-323-9149 ext 234 or email

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Resilient Threads

Check back for information on upcoming groups.

This is a closed group and previous group experienced is required.

Contact Us

To find out more about our services, please call our intake counsellors at 416-323-9149 ext. 234.

PLEASE NOTE: You may have to leave a message.

  • Say your name and phone number clearly and tell us when we can reach you.
  • Please tell us if it is safe for us to call you back and for us to leave a message.

For French-speaking women, services are provided by Oasis Centre des Femmes. Oasis can be reached at 416-591-6565.