Groups and Counselling at The Centre

Discussion/Support Groups

Each year The Centre offers a variety of discussion and support groups in addition to our regular programs and services. Some of these groups have included:

  • Women's/Men's Coming Out
  • Women's/Men's Body Image
  • Life Beyond the Bars & Baths: discussion group for gay/bi men
  • Spirituality in Everyday Life
  • LGTB Pride Discussion
  • English as a Second Language
  • Career Counselling
  • and many others....

Women’s & Men's Coming Out Groups

The Centre offers free men's and women’s coming out groups a number of times per year. These are not therapy groups, but rather peer facilitated support groups intended to offer people a safe place to explore and learn about the coming out process. The groups take the form of 8 to 10 structured sessions and are facilitated by two volunteers or practicum students.

The groups are open to anyone who is dealing with coming out issues related to sexual orientation, including those who are "questioning." All groups are transgender inclusive.

Times and dates of groups vary throughout the year. For information about start dates, or to register for a coming out group, call reception at (604) 684-5307 or check our Calender of Events.

Do you have solid experience or training in group or peer support work? Interested in facilitating a coming out group?

Drop-in Groups

The Centre runs a number of drop-in groups. Unlike discussion groups and workshops, there is no need to register. The groups offer a mix of social activities, support and discussions. Sometimes the drop-in groups may offer special activities like video screenings, potlucks, and guests speakers. The Centre's drop-ins are a great way to make new connections with others from our community.

The Centre is currently offering drop-in groups for men, LGTB youth and trans folk. The Women's Drop-in has temporaily ended and it is expected that it will start up again in the New Year 2003. For more information on our Drop-in's, call reception services at (604) 68405307 or check out our Calender of Events for dates and times.



Workshops are offered at The Centre depending on demand and availability of facilitators. Recent examples have been expressive journal writing workshops, meditation workshops, yoga and organizational skills building workshops! Call (604) 684-5307 for information on current workshops and how to register or check out our Calender of Events.

Have an idea for a workshop? The skills and experience to develop and facilitate it? download a Volunteer Application Package Information



The Centre offers free one-on-one and couple counselling to the community. Counselling is done by practicum students from private counselling colleges, as well as from community colleges and universities. Short bios of all our practicum student counsellors are available through Reception or Prideline. This is to help Centre clients in making an informed choice when seeking counselling services. To sign-up for free counselling, call Reception at (604) 684-5307.

The Centre also keep an up-to-date list of private counsellors who are sensitive to the LGTB community. Each private counsellor provides information on their areas of expertise and their fee scale. We do not endorse any particular private counsellor – it is up to the client to make their own informed choice regarding a counsellor. To obtain names of counsellors on our list, call (604) 684-5307 daytimes or (604) 684-6869 nightly between 7:00 - 10:00 p.m., or drop by 1170 Bute St. to look at the list in person.

Click here to find about practicum opportunities

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