Upcoming Groups or Workshops

STARS

(Surviving Trauma through Action, Recovery and Support)

This group is for military veterans, RCMP (active and retired), and/or other first responders who have experienced operational stress injuries including trauma, PTSD, and other mental health and substance use struggles.

When: To be scheduled.

RECOVERY & SURVIVAL FOR FAMILIES AFFECTED BY MENTAL ILLNESS & ADDICTIONS

Harm Reduction for Families

This group is intended for family caregivers (e.g. parents, spouses) who are involved with a loved one with chronic addiction and mental illness. You have likely attended a family education group on recognizing addictions or mental illness, learned coping skills and resources. However, recovery is a long dark road as you continue to experience your family member in and out of hospital, treatment centre, and/or jail. This group is intended to provide emotional and mental support and validation, harm reduction for yourself, and ways to foster resiliency and hope.

Topics:

  • Impact on Self & Family (session 1)
  • Addressing Grief and Trauma (session 2)
  • Harm Reduction for Families (session 3)
  • Transition - Reclaiming Yourself (session 4)

Date and location TBA.

Cost: $200 for four group sessions.

I ask that you are able to commit to all four group sessions. Group limited in size.

RECOVERY COACHING & SUPPORT

Group guidance/coaching for those in recovery from substances addictions and mental health struggles (e.g. depression, anxiety, PTSD, etc). Recovery is a continuum. We start where you are as opposed to where you want to be, whether it is sobriety or reduction in use.

We offer coaching, guidance and support:

  • Lived experience of recovery from addiction and mental health.
  • Best practices in recovery from clinical research.
  • Integrate from 12-step, SMART Recovery, Relapse Prevention, and Motivational skills etc.

Recovery coaching & guidance is a weekly support group. Group size is limited to no more than 6-8 members at any time:

Coaching group on Wednesday evenings 7-9pm.

Weekly individual boosters through text and/or phone call (10-15 mins).

Monthly fee $250 for group and weekly booster sessions.

About the coaches:

Otto Lim, MSW, RCSW, CCC

Over twenty years of clinical experience in mental health and addiction including individual, couples, and family therapy in concurrent disorders, assertive outreach in Downtown Eastside Vancouver, schizophrenia and early psychosis rehabilitation, inpatient psychiatry hospital, and treatment for operational stress injury for veterans and police officers.

Sally Blyle, Peer Guidance Coach

Twenty years of recovery from alcohol and ten years recovery from lifetime mental illnesses. Past experience working with peers including program planning and assisting in presentations on concurrent disorders to various agencies. Peer Support Training Certificate, Group therapies: depression, anxiety, DBT (Dialectical Behavioural Therapy).

I would like to acknowledge that we are gathered on the traditional, ancestral and unceded territory of the Coast Salish peoples–Sḵwx̱wú7mesh (Squamish), Stó:lō and Səl̓ílwətaʔ/Selilwitulh (Tsleil-Waututh) and xʷməθkʷəy̓əm (Musqueam) Nations.

2012 Otto Lim