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.
Liz is a Clinical Therapist; here is how she explains her approach :
My name is Elizabeth Pruden- Skiba. I am one of the therapists at PFSS that provides counseling supports to families, couples and individuals who are currently accessing services at the center.
As an Anishinaabe woman I believe that all people are inherently good and as such, are deserving of support, compassion and healing. I further believe that at times our life experiences may negatively influence who we become, how we deal with stress and life in general, and how we view the world. It is because of my beliefs that I chosen to walk with individuals as they journey too emotional, mental, physical and spiritual wellness.
My intent is to provide trauma informed, culturally appropriate, client center, and client focused supports and counseling that will help clients effectively address their personal life challenges, be it mental health, trauma, grief and loss, parenting, anxiety, low self esteem, depression, addictions. I have special interest in working with clients who have experienced intergenerational trauma, residential school trauma, and domestic violence/intimate partner violence.
My education includes a Bachelor of Social Work degree from the University of Manitoba and I’m presently in the process of completing my Master’s degree in Marriage and Family Therapy through the University of Winnipeg. My work focuses on combining traditional aboriginal methods of healing and spirituality with clinically tested evidence based western interventions. I follow a strength based holistic approach to help individuals, families, and couples achieve the goals they have set for themselves.
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.