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.

2020 Groups Not Requiring Registration

Spirited Womxn*


Be a part of a welcoming group environment that unites womxn in a community, out of isolation.  If you have never participated in a group before, this one may be for you.

Topics include:

  • How does violence affect us?
  • What is trauma?
  • What resources are available to me?
  • How can I better manage stress during challenging times?
  • What is a healthy relationship and how can I have one?
  • What are boundaries?

*people who identify as women and people with non -binary gender identity.


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The Open Studio Drop In Project: Building Connection Through Creativity

In this new trauma-informed open studio you will discover:
* Ways to connect to your creativity and wisdom
* Artistic expression as a means for self-care
* New skills to cope with overwhelming emotions

We offer:
* A safe space to create and be in community
* An environment to share and learn from other survivors of gender-based violence in a relaxed studio
* Information about other forms of support and community resources


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Youth Open Art Studio

Winter 2020 Drop-In Group

Drop by our youth open art studio for women identifying and feminized folks facilitated by the counselling team. Come learn new art skills, discover creative ways to care for self, and connect with other youth sharing similar experiences.

Things we may discuss:

  • Co-creating a safer space using art
  • Learn about healthy relationships and boundaries
  • Making art with one another in a relaxed environment
  • Community resources and other forms of support

Location: Barbra Schlifer Commemorative Clinic, 489 College St. Suite 508
Day: Mondays
Dates: Feb 24th, March 23rd and Apr 27th 2020
Times: 4-6 pm

For more information contact Maha at 416-323-9149 ext. 289 or at


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2020 Groups Requiring Registration
Living Artfully Beyond Trauma

Join us beginning January 10 for this 11-week art therapy group for women* survivors of abuse. (Registration for 2020 is now closed.)

Through the group, you will discover:

• Strategies to take better care of yourself using your creativity.
• Learn different ways of coping with stress.
• Find ways to create safety in your present circumstances.
• Decrease your isolation by sharing common experiences with others.
• Share and learn from other women in a relaxed atmosphere and receive information about other forms of support as well as community resources.


*people who identify as women and people with non-binary gender identity


Please download the flyer below for more details.

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Gardiner Expressive Arts Group
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.


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.