Halton Centre for
Cognitive Therapy

& Stress Reduction



PLEASE VISIT OUR NEW WEBSITE AT:  www.haltoncentre.ca

The Saturday workshops are very popular as you can start using concrete tools immediately after each workshop.  The workshops are primarily instructional and will teach you practical hands on tools.  There will be an opportunity to practice the tools in session. If you do not have insurance and cannot afford private therapy, then these workshops may be a very good option for you. 

We will be adding the dates of additional winter and spring 2017 workshops soon.

To Register for any of our Workshops or Group Programs:


Please register in advance by sending an e-mail to our client care coordinator, Ann, as space is limited. Ann will then confirm your registration via e-mail and send you any further information you may need to know. Payment of $30 will be collected at the door. A receipt will be provided.


Ann's e-mail: info@haltontherapy.ca


Introduction to Mindfulness


Saturday April 8, 2017

10:00 am to noon



This workshop will provide an introduction to Mindfulness Meditation and give participants an opportunity to be guided through a few meditation practices before practising at home.  You will be given resources and tips for getting started with a meditation practice on your own time.





Conquer Your Worries


Saturday May 6, 2017

10:00 am to noon



This workshop will teach you effective ways to REALLY change your worrying for a happier life.  You will learn hands on, CBT, tools as well as lots of other very effective and fun techniques.

Chasing Away the Blues


Saturday March 25, 2017

10:00 am to noon



In this workshop we address the challenges of dealing with sadness, loss of pleasure/low motivation and depression.  You will learn strategies for coping with these difficulties, an introduction to evidence-based strategies for reducing symptoms, and tips for helping those around you better understand your challenges.


Transform Your Relationship with Sleep


Saturday June 3, 2017

10:00 am to Noon

Learn what myths and unhelpful thoughts are keeping you up at night!  Find solutions to manage your worries about sleep and learn what to do (and not do) when you can't sleep at night.  By changing the way you think about sleep, you might just feel less anxious about it.


Worry Busters for Kids



Saturday April 22, 2017

10:00 am to noon 



This workshop will teach children effective tools for talking back to fear and anxiety.  Parents will learn ways to support their children when they are anxious.  Children enjoy this workshop and find it calming and reassuring to know they are not the only ones who have fears when they learn together with the other children in the workshop.


Mental Fitness:  Maintaining Your Mental Health in High School



Saturday April 1, 2017

10:00 am to noon 



High school can be a challenging time for teens.  Teens will learn ways to cope with their emotions and thoughts, use healthy communication skills, and develop effective study and sleep habits that will ensure they are more resilient and mentally fit!


Behaviour Management 101



Saturday January 21, 2017

10:00 am to noon 



Learn evidence-based strategies for managing difficult and challenging behaviours in your children and teens.  Learn ways to collaborate with your child and teen to reduce power struggles, set limits and teach and model self-control and emotion regulation!  Also learn to increase positive behaviours you would like to see more of!

A Parent's Guide to Reducing Stress and Increasing Resilience in Children



Saturday September 23, 2017

1:00 to 3:00 pm 



Learn some reasons children and teens are stressed, anxious and distressed and learn ways to reduce stress and create a happier home.  Parents will be given concrete tips.  By reducing stress and anxiety, children and teens perform better at school, have a stronger self-confidence and are less frequently lonely, angry and sad.

How to Coach and Motivate Your Children to Study



Saturday April 29, 2017

1:00 to 3:00 pm 



Learn detailed tips on how to guide your children so they develop responsibility, independence and intrinsic motivation for studying and achievement.  Even if your children are doing well in school, it is important to teach them good study habits for future academic success.


Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction Program (MBSR)

8 weekly 2.5 hour group sessions + a one day session for 7 hours.
Program fee

Our winter group begins April 12, 2017 (mandatory orientation session) and runs to June 7, 2017.  There will be an all-day retreat on Saturday March 25th.  We run this workshop in the studio at the beautiful Gairloch Gardens on the lake in Oakville.  For more information and directions:  www.gairlochgardens.com 


 This workshop will help you live in the present each day with less worries about the future, and less ruminations of the past.  In each session you will also be guided through different meditations.

Our MBSR program is highly regarded so we suggest you sign up quickly to secure your spot.  Maximum registration is 18 participants.  95% of the participants rate our program as 9 or 10/10 for "extremely satisfied".


Research demonstrates tremendous improvements in physical and mental health, including improved stress management, from regular mindfulness practice.


This program is modelled on the MBSR program developed by Dr. Jon Kabat-Zinn and his colleagues at the University of Massachussetts Medical School (UMass).  Our leaders have attended training courses led by Dr. Jon Kabat-Zinn and his colleagues and are continuing their education through the Certification Program at the UMass Medical school.  For further information on our instructors and the program, please go to our "Services" page.


Drop into your life.  Your life depends on it!

For more information and videos of the MBSR program, visit the UMass website: 


Spring Into Your Life:  An All-Day Mindfulness Silent Retreat


Saturday June 3, 2017

9:30 am to 4:30 pm


With all the flowers in bloom, what better time to spring into your life?  To help you wake up into the present moment, we will guide you through meditations and create a space of silence for you at the beautiful Gairloch Gardens.  Participants with all experience levels of meditation are welcome. You do not need to have any experience in meditation to attend.  We will guide you through your day of silence.

Fall Awakening:  An All-Day Mindfulness Silent Retreat


Saturday October 21, 2017

9:30 am to 4:30 pm


This all-day silent retreat is a gift to yourself as you nourish yourself.  We will guide you through meditations and create a space of silence for you at the beautiful Gairloch Gardens.  Participants with all experience levels of meditation are welcome. You do not need to have any experience in meditation to attend.  We will guide you through your day of silence.

Dialectical Behaviour Therapy (DBT) Group


The current group is running.  It is being run on Wednesdays from 2:30 to 4:30 pm on the following dates in 2017.

February 15, 22

March 1, 8, 22, 29 (no class in March Break)

April 5, 12, 19, 26

May 3, 10, 17

Another group will start soon.  Please contact the centre for the dates.

For further information on the group, please go to the DBT Section on our Services page.

Mindfulness Classes for Children and Teens
Please phone the centre for further information and to register.

Children's Anxiety Group
In this fun and supportive environment, children will learn detective thinking to reduce their fears and learn effective ways to relax and face their fears.  Parents will learn the tools children learn and learn effective steps they can take to help their children manage anxiety and stress.  Children will meet with approximately 7 other children for 8 weekly sessions.

There are not many children's anxiety groups in private practice and we are pleased to provide this opportunity for your children.  We recommend you secure your spot early as many people from our previous Worry Busters workshops enroll in our anxiety group.

Our next group will be run on Thursdays from 4 to 5 pm on the following dates in 2017:

April 13, 20, 27
May 4, 11, 18, 25
June 1

Teen Anxiety Group
Please phone the centre for further information and to register.


 We will be updating this page in December

with the dates and times of more winter and spring 2017 workshops. 

Workshops and Groups