Programs and Group Therapy in Winnipeg

Throughout the year we run group therapy at our Winnipeg clinic, mainly for children. This process gives kids an opportunity to benefit from therapy in a group setting so as not to feel 'singled out' or 'in-trouble'. It is also a great opportunity for kids to work on things such as social skill or anger management in a real life setting - with others. On this page, read about our various group therapy programs. Please contact the office to confirm current dates and register your child for upcoming sessions of group therapies in Winnipeg.

Some individuals may find it difficultto deal with certain behavioral characteristics and abstain themselves fromparticipating many activities. They might be going through anxiety, depression,eating disorders, or social disorders. Group therapy is a form of psychotherapywhich utilizes the personal interaction with people and who have sharedexperiences to help individuals cope and grow. 

Group therapy can help people to worktowards and meet many types of goals. Therapy groups can help in improving themental health of individuals. The beauty of this therapy is that it does notsingle out anybody. Mind Matters Clinic offers uniquegroup therapy for children and adolescents.

Therapy for Children

Usually children have a natural ability to express themselves and resolve conflict through play and being involved in various activities. If your child is finding it difficult to get along with their peers, group therapy can help in building a healthy mind. Children usually have limited understanding of emotions, and it needs to be nurtured properly as they grow up.

***Groups will be limited to 6 spots during the COVID-19 Pandemic in order to ensure physical distancing. Children will be required to wear a mask during the groups.***

Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction for Teens

The Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction for Teens Program (MBSR-T) is an evidenced based treatment group that has been shown through many research trials to be effective in reducing anxiety and increasing feelings of self-esteem and general well-being. It was developed by Gina Biegel based on the Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction (MSBR) Program created by Jon Kabat Zinn at the University of Massachusetts in the 70s.

Session 1

Ages 7-9 November 9, 16, 23, 30, December 7, 14, 2020

Session 2 

Ages 10-13, January 11, 18, 25, February 1, 8, 22, 2021

Session 3 

Ages 7-9, April 5, 12, 19, 26, May 3, 10, 2021

Overcoming Anxiety

The anxiety group is targeted towards children from ages 7-13.

Children will learn that they are not the only ones to have these unusual thoughts or behavior. Secondly, many children who are shy and socially anxious will be exposed to the challenge of talking to others or exposing their vulnerabilities. There is no better therapy than exposure therapy – and what better way to start the process in a safe and controlled environment with other children? For many children, exposure to the group will be an added benefit.

The goal is both to learn better coping skills at the group, and to change behavior both at home and at school. Group therapy from Winnipeg’s Mind Matters Clinic can be beneficial for children battling anxiety.

Dates for upcoming sessions:
Mondays after school, 4:15 pm-5:30 pm

Session 1 (Ages 7-9)

Ages 7-9 November 9, 16, 23, 30, December 7, 14, 2020

Session 2 (Ages 10-13)

Ages 10-13, January 11, 18, 25, February 1, 8, 22, 2021

Session 3 (Ages 7-9)

Ages 7-9, April 5, 12, 19, 26, May 3, 10, 2021

Session 4 (Ages 10-13)

Ages 10-13, May 17, 31st, June 7, 14, 21, 28, 2021

Adapting to ADHD

The Organizational Skills Group is targeted towards children from ages 8 through 16.

We will teach your child how to organize their responsibilities and maintain both an organized calendar and working space. We will then move on to enhancing attention and concentration. Finally, we will help your children develop better impulse control by teaching them how to stop and think before acting.

Reward systems will be set up for home and school, so that your child is actively seeking positive feedback for a job well accomplished. An introduction to Cognitive Behaviour Therapy will be given, with the goal to decrease black and white all or nothing thinking and to enhance self-esteem.

Please see the brochure below for more information.

New Dates for Upcoming Sessions:

Wednesday Evenings, 4:15 pm-5:30 pm

Session 1 (Ages 8-12)

Ages 8-12; October 21, 28, November 4, 11, 18, 25, 2020

Session 2 (Ages 13-16)

Ages 13-16; February 17, 24, March 3, 10, 17, 24, 2021

Session 3 (Ages 8-12)

Ages 8-12; April 14, 21, 28, May 5, 12, 19, 2021

Overcoming Negativity

The overcoming negativity group is targeted towards children (ages 7-13) who:

  • Are frequently unhappy, depressed, or anxious
  • Focus on the negative side of situations
  • Complain frequently
  • Are worried about the 'what-ifs'
  • Are rigid or inflexible in their thinking style
  • Get stuck in a negative thought cycle
  • Give up easily
  • Have a negative self-image

Cognitive Behaviour Therapy techniques will be used to help children and their parents understand the role of negative thinking in creating negative mood and maladaptive behaviour. The group will teach children how to change their perceptions so that they can see the glass as being half full rather than half empty.

Dates for upcoming sessions:
Thursdays, 4:15 pm-5:30 pm

Session 1 (Ages 10-13)

Ages 7-9, October 1, 8, 15, 22, 29, Nov 5, 2020

Session 2 (Ages 7-9)

Ages 10-13, November 12, 19, 26, December 3, 10, 17, 2020

Session 3 (Ages 10-13)

Ages 7-9, January 14, 21, 28, February 4, 11, 18, 2021

Session 4 (Ages 7-9)

Ages 10-13, April 8, 15, 22, 29, May 6, 13, 2021

Anger Management

Anger is a feeling we all experience from time to time, though we don’t always know how to properly respond to it, especially if you have the impressionable mind of a child. Mind Matters Clinic has an anger management group in Winnipeg designed to help children ages 6-13 better understand and cope with their natural feelings of anger. It’s our hope that your child can learn to change his or her negative behavior at home or at school thanks to the positive behavior that’s promoted within this unique group session. Our clinicians have years of extensive training with children and adolescents to help them learn new techniques to better distinguish between the feelings of anger, fear, frustration and more, as well as how to deal with those feelings in a healthier way.

This group is targeted towards children from ages 6 to 13.

We teach them how to identify some of the bodily symptoms of negative emotion. Then, we learn how to more effectively distinguish between anger, frustration, disappointment, hurt, fear, and so forth. Once feelings are more accurately identified, the actions that are taken to feel better can be more successfully implemented.

Cognitive behavior therapy techniques will be used to help children better understand and more effectively cope with their feelings. Cognitive techniques, deep breathing, and alternative ways to diffuse will all be taught. At the same time, you will help us monitor and reward better self-control throughout the sessions - and, we will set you up with a system to maintain positive behavior that is learned within the group session

The goal is both to learn better coping skills at the group, and to change behavior both at home and at school.

New Dates for upcoming sessions:

Sunday Mornings
Ages 6–9: 9:30 am-10:45 am

Ages 10–13: 11:00 am-12:15 pm

Session 1 - 2020

November 15, 22, 29, Dec 6& 13, 2020

Session 2 - 2021

February 21, 28, March 7, 14, 21, 2021

Social Skills

The Social Skills Group is targeted towards children from ages 7 to 14.

A variety of self-awareness and interpersonal skills are learned. We start off with basic social skills - maintaining eye contact, respecting personal body space, and developing a sensitivity to and understanding of subtle social cues. We then teach listening and communication skills. We work at developing the skill and self-confidence to initiate and maintain conversation with peers. The beauty of the group setting is that all of these skills can be practiced in a very realistic way.

Next, we teach some of the more individual skills that are necessary for healthier relationships – learning how to recognize ‘black and white’ and ‘all or nothing’ thinking, and developing the capacity to think in shades of grey. Finally, we teach children the skills they need to deal with teasing and bullying, and we work at enhancing their self-esteem.

Dates for upcoming sessions:
Ages 7-10: 5:00 pm-6:15 pm

Ages 11-14: 6:30 pm-7:45 pm

Session 1

November 3, 10, 17, 24 December 1 & 8, 2020

Session 2

February 16, 23, March 2, 9, 16 & 23, 2021

Friday Night Hang

This group is designed for teens who want to connect with other teens. We provide some structured activities that are geared toward your personal interests, and anticipate that you will meet other teens who are like-minded. We will poll group members at the beginning about the games and activities that each member likes and try to accommodate each member’s needs at some point during the six-week group. Once you meet up with others at THE HANG, you can plan your own meetups with the people you connect with.

Dates for upcoming sessions:

Session 1

October 2, 9, 16, 23, 30, 6, 2020

Session 2

November 13, 20, 27, December 4, 11, 18, 2020

Session 3

January 8, 15, 22, 29, February 5, 12, 2021

Session 4

February 19, 26, March 5, 12, 19, 26, 2021

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Mind Matters Clinic

3-1250 Waverley Street

Winnipeg, MB R3T 6C6

P: 204-477-8555

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