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Community Services

Community Counselling

This program provides strength based short-term individual counselling and group counselling to women who have experienced family violence.  We have a number of groups that help women to explore the impact of abuse on themselves and their children, increase personal safety, build self-esteem, reduce isolation, and strengthen the skills needed to develop and maintain healthy relationships. 

Family Court Support

Thanks to a grant from the Ministry of the Attorney General, we have a Family Court Support worker who provides service to either women or men who are the victims of family violence.  The service is available to those who are either in the family court process or are considering it.  The program provides accompaniment to family court and lawyers’ appointments, information about the family court process, help with understanding and filling out court documents, appropriate referrals, and safety planning.

Transitional Support & Housing

The Transitional Counsellor provides service to women living in the shelter and women in the community who have experienced family violence.  The program provides risk assessment and safety planning, referrals to community resources, and help with finding, securing and maintaining housing.  As with all of our programs, this support happens within a strength based approach.

Child, Youth & Family Support

We have a number of services available to support children and youth who have been impacted by family violence as well as youth who have experienced abusive dating relationships.  Call us to explore what options might be right for you.

Cornerstone is committed to accessibility.  Please talk to us about any extra supports.

Frequently Asked Questions about Community Counselling

Do I have to pay for counselling?

No. All of our counselling services are free.

How quickly will I be able to see someone?

We do not have a wait list. Your first appointment can typically be booked during your first call to us and usually occurs within 1 to 3 weeks. Crisis counsellors are available in emergency situations.

Is there a limit on the number of counselling sessions I can have?

We do not have a set number of sessions. We treat everyone as an individual and will work with you to determine how many sessions will be best for you.

Do I have to come to Cobourg for counselling?

We meet with women in different locations across the county, including Port Hope, Campbellford, Colborne and Brighton.

I don’t have transportation. How do I get to counselling?

If you want counselling but can’t get to one of our locations, please call us and our counsellor will help problem solve. There are local resources that may be available to you.

Do I have to talk about all the details of my life and my experiences?

No, you choose what you share as well as how much you want to share.