Mental Health and Substance Use Services

At Village Family Health Team, we have staff social workers, who work in consultation with your family physician and our team psychiatrists to provide a range of mental health services. In addition to time-limited individual psychotherapy, our social workers offer group programming designed to help you develop skills to manage a mental health concern, as well as brief supportive services and access to community resources.

For information on how to find an individual therapist, low-cost and/or free therapy, and self-help resources see below:

Choosing a Therapist Guide + Private Therapist List
CBT Self-Help Handout

For online self-help options you can also visit:
Mood Gym: https://moodgym.anu.edu.au/welcome
ECouch: https://ecouch.anu.edu.au/welcome
Big White Wall: https://bigwhitewall.ca

For a list of free and low cost meditation groups please visit:
https://yogameditation.ca/

For free, confidential help navigating mental health and addiction resources and support in Ontario: https://www.connexontario.ca/

Some of the specific programs currently being offered at Village Family Health Team are listed below:

Psycho-Educational Webinars for Mental Well-Being

The Village Family Health Team will be offering one-hour lunch time webinars on various mental-health related topics. Check the website regularly for new webinars, dates, and changes. To receive a link to the virtual webinar registration is required. To register, please email Leticia at Leticia.oba@villagefht.ca

All webinars are on Wednesdays from 12:00 pm – 1:00 pm.

Jan 27th                A Life Worth Living: Connecting to Your Values

Feb 3rd                Mindfulness 101

Feb 10th                 Self-Compassion

Feb 17th               Drop-in: Mindfulness Practice

Feb. 24th              Distress Tolerance

March 3rd                  The Importance of Emotions

March 10th            Mind over mood

March 17th          Drop-in: Mindfulness Practice

March 24th          Setting Healthy Boundaries

March 31st          Interpersonal Communication Skills

April 7th          Drop-in: Mindfulness Practice

April 14th             Sleep Better: treating your insomnia part 1

April 21st             Sleep Better: treating your insomnia part 2

April 28th              Drop-in: Mindfulness Practice

A Life Worth Living: Connecting to Your Values

In this webinar we discuss the important role values play in making decisions and living a meaningful life. You will be walked through exercises to identify what your values are, assess whether your life is currently in line with those values and take steps to live a life aligned with what’s most important to you. 

Mindfulness 101

Mindfulness allows us the capacity to self-reflect and respond with intention instead of reacting from impulse. We require skills of mindfulness to change unwanted thoughts, feelings and behaviors, and to find moments of calm, and clarity in our day. This webinar will walk you through what mindfulness is, why it is important, and give you tools to build this skill on your own. Mindfulness is a prerequisite skill for many of the skills discussed in the later webinars.

Self-Compassion

In this introduction to self-compassion you will learn about the role your internal dialogue plays in keeping you stuck in unwanted emotional states. You will learn how to identify your inner critic and how you can begin to soften towards, and maybe even learn to befriend yourself.

Distress Tolerance

Have you ever responded to a situation in a way that has made things worse? Often our attempts to tolerate distress can leave us responding to difficult situations in a way that makes things worse for ourselves or for others. This hour will focus on practical strategies you can use to cope with an emotionally overwhelming situation.

The Importance of Emotions

Why do you have emotions? What purpose do they serve? How can you use an understanding of your emotions to gain better control over them? This webinar will answer all these questions.

Mind Over Mood

This workshop will teach you about the relationship between your thoughts and emotions, common thinking traps we all fall into, and will give you ways you can use your thinking to change how you feel. This webinar covers some of the Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy basics.

Setting Healthy Boundaries

This workshop will look at what boundaries are, why we need them, and what gets in the way of setting healthy boundaries. We will also look at how to identify when a boundary might need to be set in a relationship, and how to begin to take that step.

Interpersonal Communication Skills

This workshop will give you a very practical and useful tool for having difficult conversations, setting boundaries and/or communicating your needs in a way that will maximize the chances that they’ll be met.

Sleep Better: Treating Your Insomnia Part 1 and 2

Do you have difficulty falling asleep, or staying asleep? Do you have difficulty with daytime functioning or distress as a result of your sleep disturbances? Have you tried recommended sleep suggestions on the internet that do not work? In this two-part workshop you will learn about the three causes of chronic insomnia, the body’s sleep regulatory systems, the role of medication, and be introduced to behavioral techniques to improve your deep sleep quality, based on the evidence-based model, ‘Cognitive Behavioral Therapy for Insomnia’.

Drop-in: Mindfulness Practice

In this one-hour zoom session we will start with a short mindfulness-based practice. There will then be space to discuss barriers that folks may be facing to their practice, problem-solve solutions and gain support and encouragement from others. We will end with a longer mindfulness-based practice. Each session with expose you to different ways to practice mindfulness.

Due to policies in place to limit the spread of covid19 in person groups have been put on hold until further notice.

Addiction Support Program

A social worker is available to provide support if you are struggling with substance use. The social worker will work with you to identify your goals, help you to take next steps, and refer you to needed resources and supports. The program is designed to be a supportive, non-judgmental, and harm-reduction approach that helps you to achieve your personal goals regarding your substance use. If you are interested, you can speak to your physician or another team member who can connect you to the social worker/addiction counselor.

Health Resources

Updated - December 17th, 2020  3:15pm

Community Resources Opened over the holiday season

iamsick.ca to find community labs and diagnostic imaging facilities.

Access to on-call doctor by video or audio, 8am to midnight for non-urgent health concerns,  seethedoctor.ca

Village Family Health Team is open and seeing patients. As per By-Law, a face covering is required for everyone except children under 2. For the safety of you and our team, you will be asked screening questions before your appointment. If you require someone to attend your appointment with you, please limit to one additional person.