Groups we offer

Groups we offer

Our therapeutic groups help you find a sense of community with others who are going through similar things as you while giving you access to valuable information, skills and support that can truly help you feel better and foster wellness.

The following groups are offered through Island Community Counselling:

Frustrated & Fed Up is a 20-hour workshop for women to better use difficult emotions. You will have the opportunity to channel beneficial emotions and empower your life. With the group’s support, you will be encouraged to accept responsibility for yourself, claim your power, and make positive changes in your life and relationships. For more information email

Seeking Safety is an on-line treatment approach for those battling with addictions arising from trauma. This will be particularly useful for those who have recently experienced trauma from the Covid-19 pandemic and/or homelessness, or who experienced adverse childhood experiences or adult trauma. For more information, e-mail

Dialectical Behavior Therapy is offered online and is available to those needing to develop skills in Mindfulness, Distress Tolerance, Emotion Regulation, and Interpersonal Effectiveness. Thanks to a grant from the Gaming Fund, there is no cost for this group. For information e-mail

Shame Resiliency Groups inspired by Brené Brown
Do you sometimes or often hear that little voice that says, “Who do you think you are?” or “You’ll never be good enough.” It’s likely you are experiencing the intensely painful, universal emotion of shame, the one that tells us we need to hide our imperfections or vulnerabilities from everyone, that something we’ve experienced, done, or failed to do makes us believe we are flawed and unworthy of love and belonging.

“Our imperfections do not make us inadequate; they are what connects us to each other and to humanity. Our vulnerabilities are not weaknesses; they are powerful reminders to keep our hearts and minds open to the reality that we’re all in this together.” (Brene Brown)

Join our 10 or 12-week shame resiliency group where you can safely explore your experience with shame while drawing strength and comfort from others, knowing that you’re not alone in your struggles. It’s not possible to eliminate shame from our lives but learning to recognize it can allow us to begin living with greater courage, compassion and connection with self and others. Open your heart and mind to living a more authentic, connected and resilient life!

We regularly deliver Brené Brown Shame Resilience groups, using Brené’s own curriculum, in Nanaimo, Parksville, and Courtenay, as well as online. If you want to be part of our next offering, let us know at

Group therapy’s effectiveness lies in its ability to help you find connections with other people and their experiences. These therapist-guided sessions will help you learn more about yourself and how to improve the way you feel while feeling support from others who understand your experience.

Please reach out to us today if you are interested in learning more about any of our groups.