Mental Health Groups at HQ

At HQ, we believe in the strength and expertise that exists in our community. By offering treatment in group, we hope to leverage this power to facilitate interpersonal learning, create meaningful connection, and enable personal growth. Each of our groups is focused by a shared goal. Our team reviews the self-assessment materials that you complete and works with you to decide which group(s) might be best for you.

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Planning For Change

This group explores the functions that addictive and compulsive behaviours (substance use, sexual compulsivity, eating) play in one's life and supports people to make plans to create positive changes for themselves and to improve their well-being. This program uses an evidence-based treatment approach called motivational interviewing.

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Mental Health and Me

Mental Health and Me is a 6-session introductory group, based on the principles of Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT). It looks to explore the interconnection between our feelings/emotions, our thoughts/beliefs, and our behaviour (our actions / inactions), and how they impact each other. This group can be useful for multiple types of mental health problems, for example, depression, anxiety, emotional problems, grief, and interpersonal struggles.

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Cognitive Behavioural Therapy for Depression and Anxiety

This group is a treatment group that focuses on teaching participants the connections between the situations they experience, their thoughts and their emotional responses. People will learn how to understand the ways they can shift their perspective to improve their emotional health.

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Community Reinforcement Approach

This group is intended for people who are interested in making a change to their substance use when this use has become problematic for them. This evidence-based treatment starts with the idea that all substance use has played a purpose in one's life and finding healthy substitutes to meet these needs can make changes easier. It has the philosophy that to make changes we need to engage our community to support ourselves in adopting new healthy behaviours.

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Cognitive Processing Therapy

This trauma-focused group teaches people skills to identify and modify unhelpful beliefs related to trauma. This evidence-based treatment is intended for people who have a diagnosis of post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). This covers common themes that impact those who have been affected by trauma such as safety, trust, power/control, esteem, intimacy, and sex.

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Dialectical Behaviour Therapy Skills

Dialectical Behaviour Therapy (DBT) skills groups are an evidence-based treatment that can help people who struggle with emotional dysregulation problems (intense emotional reactions or sensitivity to emotional situations). This program teaches skills to help understand, accept and change the intensity of people's emotional responses and to reduce impulsivity.

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Skills for Safer Living

Skills for Safer Living is a group intervention for people experiencing suicide related thoughts or behaviours. Together we explore understanding our thoughts through discussion and skill building in the areas of keeping safer, emotional literacy, problem solving strategies and relationship management.

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Methamphetamine Research Interventions

HQ offers help for those struggling with problems from their methamphetamine use as part of research studies from time to time. If you are seeking help for meth use, feel free to contact our clinic and ask if there is a study that might help you.