Counselling and Consulting

Resources for Clients...

The purpose of this page is to provide you with links to other resources available either in the local community in Victoria or online. You may find that some of these resources are a natural supplement to the work we do together. Others are provided in case of emergency, so that you know where to turn for support if I am not immediately available. 

Crisis/Emergency Services 

Kids Help Phone
1-800-668-6868
http://org.kidshelpphone.ca/en/
Confidential and anonymous phone and online counselling service for youth.
Mental Health Support Line
310-6789
http://www.vicrisis.ca/
24/7 phone line that provides crisis support and intervention related to mental health challenges.
Suicide Line
1-800-784-2433
http://www.vicrisis.ca/
Support services specific to suicide risk are provided 24/7. If you are thinking about harming yourself, please call.
Vancouver Island Crisis Line1-888-494-3888
http://www.vicrisis.ca/
Support services are provided 24/7 if you are feeling suicidal, experiencing an emotional or mental health crisis, or in need of other immediate services.
Victoria Women's Transition House Society
250-385-6611
http://www.transitionhouse.net
info@vwth.bc.ca
24/7 crisis line as well as programs, facilities, and shelters for women who have experienced or are experiencing abuse.
Women's Sexual Assault Centre
250-383-3232
http://www.vwsac.com/
If you have experienced sexual assault or abuse or are feeling at risk, 24/7 crisis support services are provided to individuals of all genders.
VictimLinkBC
1-800-563-0808
http://www.victimlinkbc.ca/
24/7 confidential and multilingual information and referral service for victims of crime, plus immediate intervention for victims of domestic or sexual violence.

Counsellors I Recommend

Noriko Oka, MA, RCC
250-888-1368
okaexa@gmail.com
Expressive Arts Therapist, Counsellor, Psychotherapist
Kathryn McCannell, PhD RSW
250-595-7938

Individual & Family Therapy, Play Therapy
Sarah Irons, MA, RCC 250-999-9349
sarah@bodymindcounselling.ca
LGBTQ, relationship issues, anxiety, trauma -  http://bodymindcounselling.ca

Supports for Healthy Living

AIDS Vancouver Island
1-800-665-2437
http://avi.org/victoria
Education, psychological and medical support services, and advocacy for individual living with HIV/AIDS or hepatitis C.
BC Housing
250-475-7550
http://www.bchousing.org/
Housing registry for individuals or families looking for subsidized housing, rental assistance, and emergency housing.
Boys & Girls Club
250-384-9133
http://www.bgcvic.org/
Programs, activities, and services for youths in a safe, supportive environment.
Bridges for Women Society
250-385-7410
1-866-896-3356
http://bridgesforwomen.ca/
Supports women who have experienced abuse to build economic security, including housing and employment. Emergency shelter available.
Community Options
250-380-6363
http://communityoptions.bc.ca/
Supports for children and adults with developmental disabilities and their families.
Cool Aid Society250-383-1977
http://www.coolaid.org/
Provides shelter, housing, health services, and other resources for persons who are homeless.
Disability Resource Centre
250-595-0044 #106
http://www.drcvictoria.com/
Services to support access, independence, employment, and training for persons with disabilities.
Family Caregivers' Network Society
250-384-0408
http://www.fcns-caregiving.org/
Resources and services for individuals or families providing care for a family member (elderly, ill health, disability, etc.).
Island Sexual Health Society
250-592-3479
http://www.islandsexualhealth.org
Education and services supporting sexual health - pro-choice and inclusive of all genders, sexual orientations, identities, etc.
PFLAG
250-592-0305
http://www.pflagcanada.ca
victoriabc@pflagcanada.ca
Education, resources, and referral for parents and allies of LGBTT persons.
Prideline - BC's Queer Resource Centre
1-800-566-1170
http://www.qmunity.ca/adults/prideline/
Support, information, and referral to queer-friendly resources and services.
Silver Threads Service
250-388-4268
http://silverthreads.ca/
sts@silverthreads.ca
Programs and services for older adults, including some medical and legal services.
Victoria AIDS Resource & Community Service
250-388-6220
http://www.varcs.org/
info@varcs.org
Practical, emotional, and social support services for persons living with HIV and those who care for them.
Victoria Lesbian Seniors Care Society
http://www.vlscs.ca
info@vlsc.ca
Community building, education, and social action in support of the health and social needs of older lesbians.
VIctoria Youth Clinic
250-388-7841 (James Bay)
250-383-3552 (Downtown)
http://www.victoriayouthclinic.ca
youth@jbcp.bc.ca
Comprehensive primary healthcare services for youth 12-24 through a multidisciplinary healthcare team.
Young Parents Support Network
250-384-0552
http://www.ypsn.ca/
Programs and services, including perinatal services and free naturopathic clinic, for young parents and their children.

Advocacy/Mediation

Action Committee of People with disAbilities
250-383-4105
http://www.actioncommittee.ca/
Advocacy and support for low income individuals with disabilities.
BC Human Rights Coalition 604-689-8474
1-877-689-8474
http://bchrcoalition.org/
Education, complaints resolution, and mediation related to human rights.
John Howard Society
250-386-3428
http://www.johnhoward.victoria.bc.ca/
jhs@johnhoward.victoria.bc.ca
Support, advocacy, and programs for individuals in conflict with the law.
The Law Centre
250-385-1221
http://www.thelawcentre.ca/
reception@thelawcentre.ca
Consultation and legal representation for persons who cannot afford a lawyer (University of Victoria, Faculty of Law)
Legal Services Society
1-866-577-2525
http://www.lss.bc.ca/
Self-help legal resources, as well as legal aid for persons who cannot afford a lawyer.
Native Courtworker and Counselling Association
1-877-811-1190
http://www.nccabc.ca/
nccabc@nccabc.net
Advocacy, referral, counselling, and resources (located in Vancouver).
Parent Support Services of BC
250-384-8042
http://www.parentsupportbc.ca
psscoordinator@shaw.ca
Education, resources, advocacy for parents/grandparents to support child safety and wellbeing.
Residential Tenancy Branch
250-387-1602
1-800-665-8779
http://www.rto.gov.bc.ca/
Information on rights and responsibilities (tenant-landlord) and dispute resolution services.
Together Again Poverty Society
250-361-3521
http://www.tapsbc.ca/
Free legal advocacy related to disability benefits, tenant/landlord disputes, social assistance, and income tax.
Vancouver Island Human Rights Coalition
250-382-3012
http://vihrc.org/
contactvihrc@gmail.com
Anti-oppressive education and services for individuals facing discrimination and support in filing human rights complaints.
Victim Services  - Greater Victoria Police250-995-7351
http://www.gvpvs.org
info@gvpvs.org
Education, support, advocacy, and referral for victims of crime or trauma.

Cultural Resources

BC Association of Aboriginal Resource Centres
250 388-5522
1-800-990-2432
http://www.bcaafc.com/
Programs, services, resources, and community connections for Aboriginal Peoples.
Haultain Family & Community Services
250-384-9466
http://www.hulitan.ca/
Programs and services for Aboriginal children, youth, and families.
Inter-Cultural Association
250-388-4728
http://www.icavictoria.org/
Services and resources for immigrants, as well as community programs to promote cultural sensitivity and awareness.
Métis Community Services
250-391-9924
http://www.metis.ca
Programs and resources for the Métis community across Vancouver Island.
Métis Nation BC
1-800-940-1150
http://www.mnbc.ca/
Culturally relevant social and economic programs and services for Métis people across BC. 
Victoria Immigrant and Refugee Centre
250-361-9433
http://www.vircs.bc.ca/
info@vircs.bc.ca
Programs and resources to support settlement of immigrants and refugees.

Addictions/Mental Health Services

Alcoholics Anonymous Support Line
250-383-7744
http://aavictoria.ca/
24/7 help line for immediate support and on-going resources and group meetings aimed at fostering sobriety.
Al-Anon Family Groups
250-383-4020
alanonvictoria@gmail.com
http://www.bcyukon-al-anon.org/
Resources and services for individuals or families who are affected by another person's drinking.
Capital Mental Health Association
250-389-1263
http://www.miravictoria.ca
cmha@miravictoria.ca
Information and programs for those suffering from various mental illnesses.
Vancouver Island Health Authority
250-370-8175
http://www.viha.ca/mhas/
Range of mental health and addictions services, both inpatient and outpatient.
Narcotics Anonymous
250-383-3553
http://www.bcrna.ca
24/7 help line for immediate support and on-going resources and group meetings for those struggling with drug addiction.

Online Information/Resources

Centre for Addition and Mental Health
http://www.camh.ca
Detailed information about various mental health and addictions challenges and illnesses.
Egale Canada
http://www.egale.ca
National GLBT human rights organization providing education, advocacy, and consultation.
PovNet
http://www.povnet.org/
Comprehensive listing of services, advocacy resources, and information related to poverty - an online anti-poverty community.


I welcome to links to this page from other practitioners who find this resource list helpful to their clients, students, or colleagues. 

Email sandra@drsandracollins.com or phone: 250-818-5787 for free consultation.