ARC Counselling

ARC Counselling

Arc Counselling offers people seeking help with their addictions or mental health issues, our alumni, their families, friends,  loved ones treatment, counselling, therapy, family workshops, individual workshops, and more. Depending on your schedule, our therapists and counsellors can see you during the day or in the evening.

Our addiction group work is a comprehensive six week program with three sessions a week that last about an hour each. These sessions cover many of the topics related to addiction and co-occurring mental health disorders that we cover at the centre in Gimli.


Three Day Family Program Hours

Thursday: 1:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m.
Friday: 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
Saturday: 9:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.

Please call (204) 202-1221 to register.

Comprehensive Addiction Treatment Program Hours

Monday 6:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.
Tuesday 6:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.
Wednesday 6:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.

Please call (204) 202-1221 to register.

Immediate help for anyone affected by addiction at our outpatient services office in Winnipeg. Call 204.202.1221 or visit us at 39 Scurfield Blvd, Winnipeg, MB.

Our family program consists of:

  • 18 hours of programming
  • One-on-one counselling session
  •  Addresses issues that families face with someone’s addiction
  • Available to families who have someone at our centre/about to leave

Our professional team of counsellors and therapists are highly experienced in addiction and mental health issues and provide expert facilitation in the group programs and skilled counselling and therapy work in one-on-one sessions.

Will counselling help you?

Those who agree with the following statements but are not able to commit to residential treatment may benefit from outpatient treatment:

  • You have frequent temptations to drink or use and have difficulty resisting the temptation.
  • You have been unsuccessful in stopping use after trying multiple times.
  • You have solid support from family, friends, work and social environment to stop using.
  • Your behaviour has affected your relationships with family, friends and work.

ARC Counselling Programs

Comprehensive Addiction Treatment (CAT)

The Comprehensive Addiction Treatment Program (CAT) is for adults who suffer from addiction and mental health disorders but aren’t able or willing to participate in residential treatment. CAT members are abstinent or are on a managed taper program to become abstinent while participating in the program.

At the beginning of CAT, our therapists conduct a formal assessment to create a personalized treatment plan.

Members will:

  • Be in the CAT program for six weeks
  • Participate in three group therapy sessions (Eight hours altogether)
  • Attend one individual counselling session every week of the program

CAT provides a safe, professional, and confidential setting for members to address any physical, emotional, social, mental, and spiritual issues that underlie their addiction.

The workshops consists of a series of topics that build on each other during the program

Topics include:

  • The severity of the addiction or problem
  • Understanding motivation
  • Commitment to treatment
  • Overcoming barriers to treatment
  • Counteracting enabling and denial
  • Learning about the disease and its health context
  • Strategies and motivation for quitting
  • Identifying and coping peer pressure and high-risk situations
  • Identifying positive supports and networks
  • Principles of the 12 step program and other self-help groups
  • Emotional management and relaxation techniques
  • Spirituality in recovery – finding meaning
  • Grief and loss
  • Daily living skills – budgeting, housing, etc.
  • Parenting, developmental issues and education and vocational skills

Additional individual, couples, and family counselling programs and services are also available.

For more information:

Call: 204.202.1221


ARC Family Program Work Shops

The Family Program workshop helps the loved ones of addicts by educating family members about the disease of addiction and providing a new set of tools to cope.

This program includes:

  • An orientation session
  • 18 hours of educational group activities
  • A one-on-one follow-up counselling session

The workshops are offered with two different schedules:

  • Three-day schedule
  • Six-week schedule of thee-hour sessions every week

The workshop consists of a series of topics that build on each other as the program progresses. Multiple delivery mediums are used and there is significant peer-to-peer engagement throughout the program duration. The topics include:

  • Understanding the addictive illness
  • Understanding addiction and recovery for both addicts and their loved ones
  • Exploring family histories (genogram construction, Time-lines)
  • Recognizing family dynamics/patterns (roles of family members)
  • Identifying family expectations and needs
  • Managing emotions and relaxation
  • Exploring strategies for open/effective communication
  • Examining grief and loss
  • Learning about attachment and detachment
  • Exploring enabling, codependency and denial
  • Establishing new patterns of relating
  • Exploring stages of recovery
  • Applying recovery concepts (routine, sleep, nutrition, balance)
  • Embracing 12 step education (relative to Families Anonymous, Al-Anon, Alcoholics Anonymous, Narcotics Anonymous philosophies)
  • Finding meaning and spirituality in recovery
  • Examining Adult Children of Alcoholics (ACOA) issues

Those who desire additional individual, group, couples or family counselling with Arc counsellors, therapists, or programs, may do so at an additional cost.

For more information:

Call: 204.202.1221


Counselling and Therapy Services

ARC Counselling offers:

  • Marriage and Family Counselling and Therapy
  • Couples Counselling and Therapy
  • Individual Counselling and Therapy
  • Auricular Acupuncture
  • Youth counselling
  • Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR)
  • Emotional Freedom Technique (EFT)

Therapy is provided by masters-level therapists and is focused on trauma and mental health issues.

For more information:

Call: 204.202.1221


Continuing Care

Following successful completion of all programs (residential or outpatient), we encourage members to take advantage of our individual, couples, or family counselling and therapy services.

All graduates of Aurora Recovery Centre’s Treatment Programs may attend our Continuing Care Group on Wednesday evenings (6:00 pm – 7:15 pm) and our Sunday morning Family Group program at Aurora Recovery Centre at no charge.

For more information:

Call: 204.202.1221


Aurora Recovery Centre’s philosophies are consistently reflected in the way we value our members and staff. Everything we do is in the interest of our members’ recovery for life.

Aurora’s treatment process is built upon a member-first culture and stands on three pillars that reflect our philosophy toward our members’ recovery: Heal, Connect and Recover.

From initial contact with Aurora, you begin to experience our Member-First Culture. Our highly experienced Addiction Specialists help you navigate the complex, emotional decision to admit to treatment.

Arc Counselling
39 Scurfield Blvd, Winnipeg, MB R3Y 1G4
Phone: (204) 202-1221
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