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The McMaster Family Health Team provides a variety of mental health services such as groups and individual counselling sessions.

The Mental Health Team is made up of six social workers. They provide brief counselling (usually up to eight sessions). The team aims to provide patients with clear treatment by encouraging them to set goals. These goals help patients manage and overcome difficult life situations and other challenging issues impacting their lives.

The team uses therapy models such as Cognitive Behavioural Therapy, Solution Focused Therapy and Mindfulness.

Referrals can be made by your family doctor or allied health care providers.

Our clinic team also has a Chaplin who can provide spiritual and supportive assistance for those who experienced a personal loss.

The groups we offer are:

Managing Anxiety
  • Explore where anxiety comes from, thinking and anxiety, relaxation strategies, how to manage a panic attack, self-esteem, communication skills, emotions and anxiety, sleep, diet and exercise.
  • The Anxiety Group is based on eight weekly sessions to help people in developing strategies to better manage anxiety.
Managing Depression (Out of the Blues)
  • This is a 7 week CBT structured educational group that is open to all adults 18 and over.
  • This group will look at depression and ways to decrease low mood and tools to enhance emotional and physical wellbeing.
  • Topics include:  activity planning, nutrition and exercise, as well as tools to help challenge and change unhelpful thinking patterns and behaviours.
SMART (Stress Management Resiliency Training)
  • The Stress Management and Resiliency Training (SMART) Group is available to patients who have completed one of our other group programs.
  • This group will review skills for managing anxiety and will set bi-weekly SMART goals.
SMYLE (Skills for Managing Your Life Everyday)
  • The SMYLE Group focuses on emotional regulation and is based on Dialectical Behaviour Therapy (DBT) Skills during 14 week sessions.  DBT was developed to help people with borderline personality disorder (BPD).
Teen Group
  • This group discusses topics such as peer pressure, school stress, how to handle a panic attack and relaxation strategies.  Open to 14-19 year old individuals.
  • Feel free to visit the group to see if it is a fit for you.   You can observe without participating at the first session.
McMaster University Department of Family MedicineMichael G. DeGroote School of Medicine