ARC Counselling

What is ARC Counselling?

Arc Counselling offers addiction, families and couples treatment, counselling and therapy programs that are accessible during the day, evening and weekend. This is conducive to all schedules, even those who are working or in school full or part-time.

Addiction group treatment is a comprehensive 6-week program of three 3-hour sessions per week. These sessions cover many of the topics related to addiction and co-occurring mental health disorders that would be covered in residential treatment. Individual counselling is also provided as part of this addiction program.

Arc Counselling, located at 39 Scurfield Blvd, Winnipeg, is open Monday thru Friday from 8 am to 4 pm.

Our 3 Day Family Program hours are:
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. On designated weekends. Please call (204) 202-1221 to register.

Our Comprehensive Addiction Treatment Program (CAT) hours are:
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.

Our family program provides 18 hours of programming plus an individual counselling session that is available in either a 3-day intensive schedule from Thursday to Saturday or one 3-hour evening session per week. The program content addresses the issues that family members face as the result of being in a relationship of all kinds with a person living or has lived in, active addiction. The Family Program is offered for family members of members who are participating in Aurora Recovery Centre’s residential treatment programs.

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

Why outpatient treatment?

Outpatient treatment is suitable for those whose addiction and co-occurring mental health issues are sufficiently stable, with mild symptoms, and are capable of participating in group programming.

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 designed for adults who suffer from addiction and mental health disorders but aren’t able or willing to participate in residential treatment, like Aurora’s residential program in Gimli, Manitoba. CAT members are expected to be abstinent, or on a managed taper program to become abstinent while participating in the program.

The process begins with a formal assessment resulting in a personalized treatment plan. Members participate in three group therapy sessions totalling 8 hours and one individual counselling session per week. The 6-week program may vary in length depending on individual needs. We encourage members to invite a spouse or significant other to attend the Family Program workshop.

CAT provides a safe, professional, and confidential setting for members to address any physical, emotional, social, mental, and spiritual issues that underlie their addiction. Our clinicians are experienced in helping members manage co-occurring mental health issues related to substance abuse.

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:

  • 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 is designed to help loved ones of addicts by educating participants 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, and a one-on-one follow-up counselling session. The workshops are offered with two different schedules: a 3-day schedule or a 6-week schedule of 3-hour sessions/week. Family members of members of Aurora Recovery Centre’ residential treatment program are invited to participate in the Family Group workshop.

Our professional counsellors and therapists facilitate a constructive learning environment conducive to thoughtful, respectful, and caring interactions.

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, EMDR (Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing), and Emotional Freedom Technique (EFT). All Arc’s counselling and therapy services work in accordance with established best practices and are both member centred and trauma-informed.

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


Immediate help for anyone affected by addiction at our convenient Winnipeg location.
Call 204.202.1221 or visit us at 39 Scurfield Blvd, Winnipeg, MB

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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