Thrive offers the services of two qualified Therapists at no charge.
If you require childcare while attending therapy, respite spots in our licensed child care centre may be available for children up to age 5. After booking your appointment, please call Jess at 204-779-5093 to inquire about childcare space. Our childcare facility is located in a difference site from the therapy office, on the main floor at 100-475 Sargent Ave.
Therapy appointments can be made by calling the administration office at 204-772-9091. Therapy services are offered at 4-505 Sargent Ave. No-charge therapy is offered as part of our mandate to cultivate family life, empower individuals and grow community as an essential foundation to healthy living.
The United Way of Winnipeg funds our therapy program.
Marriage and Family Therapist, Olivia; here is what she has to say about her approach :
When human beings experience trauma or severe life stressors, it is not uncommon for them to feel as though their lives are unraveling. The role of the therapist is to explore avenues to healing. The work in therapy is to assist clients, who include children, adolescents, couples, adults and families, to find healthy perceptions of themselves and strengthen their relationships so they can know themselves as peaceful, complete, whole and safe.
No single approach is the right one for every individual, and so a Marriage and Family Therapist is trained in a range of approaches including, but not limited to Attachment Focused Family Therapy, Experiential Therapy, Focussing, Group Therapy, Narrative Therapy, Satir Model, Emotion-Focused Therapy, etc. The most important and key part of my approach is that it is client led, meaning each person/couple/family will take the lead in deciding the path of their journey. Marriage and Family Therapists also are trained to understand the impact of systems, i.e. medical, social, family systems and can understand that these systems are to be considered when exploring avenues for health and well being. I am honoured to be a part of the sacred stories shared with me and maintain a respectful curiousity knowing that you are the expert in your life.
I am currently a member of the American Association of Marriage & Family Therapy & Manitoba Association of Marriage & Family Therapy as well as EMDR International & Canadian Assoication. My credentials consist of a B.A. in Psychology/Sociology & a Masters in Marriage & Family Therapy from University of Winnipeg, where I completed 4 clinical practicums at Aurora Family Therapy Ctr. with over 500 clinical hours of supervision.
My experience ranges from having worked within several settings; for example a substance abuse treatment center, mental health services, child & family services system, newcomers programs, and in my own private practice. I have provided therapy/counselling services for over 10 years in Winnipeg.
Penny;RSW, BSW Therapist, has a very concrete, consistent way to her approach :
Hi, my name is Prabhjit (Penny) Gill. I started working with Thrive Community Support Circle in October 2017 as a therapist RSW, BSW. I am a registered Social Worker with the Manitoba College of Social Workers. I completed my Bachelor of Social Work from the University of Manitoba as well as have additional certification and training in Crisis Intervention, Mental Health First Aid, Applied Suicide Intervention Skills Training, and being Trauma Informed.
Everyone experiences problems and challenges which can vary and depend on the individual, family, or group. My role is to help individuals, families, and groups’ problem solve issues and cope with problems in their everyday lives.
I have been working in the community providing guidance and support to individuals. I do this through assessing their need, exploring problems and life factors, validating and normalizing feelings, listening attentively, being non-judgmental as well as sensitive to others needs (culturally and spiritually), exploring options, resources, and self care. In my experience I have worked within several areas such as, newcomers, at-risk youth, elderly, mental health, physical health, trauma, substance use, child welfare, relationships, crisis intervention, employment, housing, and education. I am however; open to meeting with couples and families.
I strongly believe every individual is an expert of their own life. As a therapist by being client centered my approaches are to guide individuals using problem solving, solution focused, and strengths based approaches to assist with facilitating positive change, empowering individuals to solve their own problems, promoting recovery and enhancing well being.
Stan is a Crisis Support Worker; this is his approach :
Dedicated to promoting hope and raising awareness, with a firm belief that every person has the right to a life worth living, Stan welcomes each opportunity to support mental wellness and social justice. Stan has worked in a variety of roles providing support to individuals and families. He is knowledgeable about serious mental health problems, including chronic mental illnesses, substance use disorders and co-occurring disorders, and as well as the recovery journey that allows people to reclaim their lives. Stan has experience dealing with Employment and Income Assistance (EIA), the justice and correctional system, supporting education, work preparation and job searching and will bring this know-how to help our clients. Stan is available to provide crisis support and short-term counselling and will be co-facilitating the Wellness & Health Action for Men (WHAM) program. He supports the principles of transformation and hope, person centred recovery, respect and recognition, empowerment by validation of experiential learning, trauma-informed and culturally sensitive practice, and community partnership.