Aurora Recovery Centre

ARC Counselling Outpatient Services

Arc Counselling offers help for addictions and/or mental health issues.

Therapy is provided by masters-level therapists and is focused on trauma and mental health issues.

Our team of highly experienced, certified counsellors and therapists run programs during the week and on the weekends.

arc counselling outpatient services

Will counselling help you?

Those who agree with the following statements but are not able to commit to residential treatment may benefit from outpatient treatment:

  • You have frequent temptations to drink or use and have difficulty resisting the temptation.
  • You have been unsuccessful in stopping use after trying multiple times.
  • You have solid support from family, friends, work and social environment to stop using.
  • Your behaviour has affected your relationships with family, friends and work.

ARC Counselling Programs

Comprehensive Addiction Treatment Program (CAT)

CAT is for adults who suffer from addiction and mental health disorders but aren’t able or willing to participate in residential treatment. CAT members are abstinent or are on a managed taper program to become abstinent while participating in the program.

At the beginning of CAT, our therapists conduct a formal assessment to create a personalized treatment plan.

Members will:

  • Participate in three group therapy sessions (eight hours altogether)
    • Mon, Tues, Wed from 6 PM to 8:30 PM
  • Attend one individual counselling session every week of the program

CAT provides a safe, professional, and confidential setting for members to address any physical, emotional, social, mental, and spiritual issues that underlie their addiction.

The workshops consists of a series of topics that build on each other during the program.

ARC Family Program Workshops

The Family Program workshop helps the loved ones of addicts by educating family members about the disease of addiction and providing a new set of tools to cope.

This program includes:

  • 18 hours of educational group activities
  • A one-on-one follow-up counseling session

The workshops are offered with two different schedules:

  • Three-day schedule
    • Thursday: 1:00 PM to 6:00 PM
    • Friday: 9:00 AM to 5:00 PM
    • Saturday: 9:00 AM to 2:00 PM

The workshop consists of a series of topics that build on each other as the program progresses. Multiple delivery mediums are used and there is significant peer-to-peer engagement throughout the program duration.

We encourage families to sign up as soon as their loved one is admitted as space fills up quickly (max 10 participants per session).

Read more information about the program below.

Individual Counselling & Therapy

We help people work on their individual mental and emotional health issues. We assist people who suffer from depression, anxiety, anger, self-esteem issues, guilt/shame and trauma.

Emotional Freedom Technique (EFT)

EFT offers healing from physical and emotional pain and disease. This form of acupuncture doesn’t use needles. Instead, it uses the fingertips to stimulate energy points on the body.

Marriage and Family Therapy (MFT)

Couples Counselling and Therapy

Through MFT, you and your partner/family will address the behaviors of all members, the way these behaviors affects not only each family member but also relationships between family members and the family unit as a whole. Our therapists provide individual therapy and time in couple therapy, family therapy, and both if necessary.

Auricular Acupuncture

Acupuncture helps ease people who suffer from chronic anxiety disorders, stress, allergies, addiction cravings, and pain. Ear acupuncture reduces the most common withdrawal symptoms such as worry, anxiety, and cravings. It also helps people sleep better.

Continuing Care for ARC Alumni

Following successful completion of all programs (residential or outpatient), we encourage members to take advantage of our individual, couples, or family counselling and therapy services.

All graduates of Aurora Recovery Centre’s Treatment Programs may attend our Continuing Care Group on Wednesday evenings (6:00 pm – 7:15 pm) and our Sunday morning Family Group program at Aurora Recovery Centre at no charge.

Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR)

EMDR was developed by the psychologist Francine Shapiro as a treatment for trauma. Her research and practice of EMDR won her the International Sigmund Freud Award for distinguished contribution to psychotherapy by the city of Vienna and the World Council, the Distinguished Scientific Achievement in Psychology Award by the California Psychology Council, and the Award for Outstanding Contributions to Practice in Trauma Psychology by the American Psychological Association Trauma Division.

EMDR is a non-invasive, evidence-based method of psychotherapy that uses adaptive information to process memories in the brain. It is primarily used for someone that has undergone trauma and has been found to be effective for recovery in:

  • Drug and alcohol addiction
  • Post-traumatic stress disorders
  • Eating disorders
  • Anxiety disorders
  • Personality disorders

More Information on ARC Family Program Work Shops

The Family Program workshop helps the loved ones of addicts by educating family members about the disease of addiction and providing a new set of tools to cope.

The workshop consists of a series of topics that build on each other as the program progresses. Multiple delivery mediums are used and there is significant peer-to-peer engagement throughout the program duration. The topics include:

  • Understanding the addictive illness
  • Understanding addiction and recovery for both addicts and their loved ones
  • Exploring family histories (genogram construction, Time-lines)
  • Recognizing family dynamics/patterns (roles of family members)
  • Identifying family expectations and needs
  • Managing emotions and relaxation
  • Exploring strategies for open/effective communication
  • Examining grief and loss
  • Learning about attachment and detachment
  • Exploring enabling, codependency and denial
  • Establishing new patterns of relating
  • Exploring stages of recovery
  • Applying recovery concepts (routine, sleep, nutrition, balance)
  • Embracing 12 step education (relative to Families Anonymous, Al-Anon, Alcoholics Anonymous, Narcotics Anonymous philosophies)
  • Finding meaning and spirituality in recovery
  • Examining Adult Children of Alcoholics (ACOA) issues

Those who desire additional individual, group, couples or family counselling with ARC counsellors, therapists, or programs, may do so at an additional cost.