Our Services

Short Term Counselling Program

A 6-8 session program that is designed to empower you by helping you set realistic goals and providing you with the tools needed to achieve these goals. 

The counsellor will work with you by using your experiences, strengths and abilities to identify your personal goals.  By using a combination of various clinical approaches, the Counsellor will help you design and implement a plan to work towards achieving these goals through guidance, support and encouragement. This program is available to clients 17 years of age and older. To access the Short-Term Counselling, clients can self-refer by calling the Centre directly or emailing us at info@rdfcc.ca

Pet Loss Support Group

Beginning on 12 October 2021 @ 6:30 P.M., the Robbie Dean Counselling Centre and the Ontario SPCA and Humane Society will present the inaugural session of a monthly virtual group intended to provide an opportunity to share the thoughts and feelings encountered while grieving the loss of a pet.

The sessions are provided free of charge on the second Tuesday of each month. The format is similar to other on-line workshops but the topics for discussion will be chosen for each session from the suggestions offered by the participants. Each session is scheduled to last for 1 ½ hours so there should be plenty of time to share. There is no obligation to “sign-up” for sessions as each one will be a unique experience but anyone grieving may attend as often as they like. A video with more information can be found at the bottom on this page.

A word of caution; these groups may not be suitable for younger children as some people may chose to express their emotions with great passion and a colourful vocabulary. Approaching grief support with children requires special boundaries and approaches that need to be respected so as not to harm our precious little loved ones. It is recommended that participants be 16 years of age or older.

To attend, contact the Centre at 613-629-4243 to register

Trauma Recovery 101: Personal Trauma Recovery Group

Facilitated by Lynn Murphy RSW/MSW, this group takes a narrative therapy approach which focuses on the ongoing effects of abuse instead of the traumatic events, and on the context rather than the cause or individual diagnosis.

The focus of Narrative Therapy is not resolution of the traumatic event-the event cannot be undone. It is to bring awareness to the strengths we have developed in moving from victim to victor, and advocating on one’s own behalf or on the behalf of others.

This is a closed group spanning 10-12 sessions and meeting once a week. To complete an intake, please contact info@rdfcc.ca or call 613-629-4243  and be added to the waitlist for the next session of this group.

Trauma Recovery 201: Meditative Writing Group 

Clients must complete Trauma Recovery 101 prior to being admitted to this group

Meditative Writing is a creative endeavor. In writing mindfully, we turn out attention to our thoughts with an inquiring mind. Our intention is to create outer change through compassion for self and others.

Anger Management Groups (Mandated and Non-Mandated Options)

Now accepting intakes for next session to be held in 2022

Using the best practice methods we bring awareness of emotional states to the participants and explore the impacts of their current choices. We explore what anger is and work to find different, healthy expressions for their feelings. Groups are provided separately for men and women as “online” (Zoom platform) sessions.
To complete an intake, please contact info@rdfcc.ca or call 613-629-4243  and be added to the waitlist for the next session of this group

Grief and Loss Recovery Support

This program is designed to provide supportive counselling as we experience the grief journey after a loss. The focus is on the emotional rollercoaster of healing and recovery from acute shock to the discovery of our capacity to adapt to the challenge of accepting our “new” reality and making healthy changes that allow for a renewed focus on living with a purpose and a new sense of self. Depending on the need expressed, support is available in group (online via Zoom) and individual support sessions (Zoom platform and telephone at this time). To complete an intake for the Grief and Loss Support program, clients can self-refer by calling or emailing the Center.

Virtual Anxiety and Depression Group

This is a educational group focused on learning the inner workings of our emotional response systems, exploring how we can increase our awareness to the events that “trigger” a response, stress and the role it plays in our lives, the role of medications in treatment, relaxation techniques to help quiet the mind and spirit, and developing an individualized plan to aid in coping. It is strongly recommended for anyone struggling with anxiety or depression to participate in this program before making the choice to work one-on-one with a counsellor. This group is conducted “online” through the Zoom platform. Clients must complete an intake to be added to the waitlist for the group. To book an intake, please email info@rdfcc.ca or call 613-629-4243

Indigenous Counselling Services

The Robbie Dean Centre is happy to offer Indigenous counselling through a partnership with the Circle of Turtle Lodge. Details to follow as programs are currently under development

Please email info@rdfcc.ca or call (613) 629-4243 for more information


(Research, Educate, Assist, Connect and Hope)

When someone is struggling with their mental health, it often has impact on other areas of their lives.  This program is designed to help you find and connect with other resources that may be required to support you in implementing your plan towards becoming well.

Please contact intake to inquire about connecting with services within Renfrew County  that can assist you on your journey to mental wellness.


We are excited to announce our new group for seniors 

Treasure Discovery: Gifts of Struggle and Possibility

for Seniors ages 55+

This group offers a place for connection to examine the unique contributions and experiences that come with living 55+ years. By looking at hardships or struggles, members will gain an understanding of their strengths and  unique contributions they have made to their family, friends or community at large. 

For more information or to complete an intake, call 613-629-4243 or email info@rdfcc.ca

Community Training and Presentations

Working with various employers, groups and communities, our team has provided opportunities to educate on various mental health related topics such as suicide prevention, self-care and explaining what can be expected at the Robbie Dean Centre.  It is our pleasure to share our knowledge and to help make places where people work, live and play safe and stigma free.

To request a workshop or presentation, please email info@rdfcc.ca