"Providing Quality Counselling and Support Group Services for Individuals, Families, and Children Regardless of Financial Means."
ABOUT GENTLE PATH
Gentle Path Counselling Services is a registered non-profit charitable organization that provides Counselling, Workshops, Educational Programs and Support Group Services to families, individuals, groups and businesses in Saint John and surrounding areas. We develop and maintain Employee Assistance Programs with Saint John, Kings and Charlotte County businesses and organizations, and also work with the Province to facilitate the international adoption information and home study process in New Brunswick.
Gentle Path has been in operation and serving clients and businesses in Greater Saint John and Southern New Brunswick since 1998. Gentle Path was founded by two counsellors and eighteen volunteers, all of whom had a vision of creating an agency that would provide counselling services to all citizens in the region, regardless of their ability to pay. Nearly two decades later, Gentle Path continues to provide services to those who would not otherwise have the insurance or financial means to seek professional help.
PATHWAYS TO HOPE
On September 15th, 2016, Gentle Path Counselling Services hosted an evening of Hope, Vision and Action at the enchantingly beautiful Imperial Theatre. Pathways to Hope was an inspirational night where business leaders, nonprofit representatives, and community organizers were given a platform to discuss the issues troubling our city. Jim Hennessey, the Executive Assistant of MP Wayne Long, Randy Hatfield, the Executive Director of the Human Development Council, and Terry Blizzard, founder and owner of Afterburn Performance, spoke genuinely and passionately about important issues in Saint John. Similarly, the Leaders of Tomorrow proved that socially conscious entrepreneurialism is on the rise. From child sexual abuse awareness to housing rights for the disabled, the Leaders of Tomorrow shared their Missions as well as their personal stories.
Keynote Speaker Frank O’Dea delivered an inspirational speech brimming with empathy, kindness and humility. Frank spoke not only of his entrepreneurial success, but also of the challenges of addiction, homelessness and unemployment. He encouraged both community resiliency and individual agency by delivering a humanizing account of his own life journey. Frank O’Dea emphasized the importance of "Hope, Vision and Action" and urged the audience to engage with the city and mobilize towards change. Thanks to both Frank O’Dea and Gentle Path volunteers, Pathways to Hope was an evening enjoyed by all who attended.
Gentle Path's Cancer Care Program
Not only does the news of cancer impact the person receiving the diagnosis, it impacts the family system as a whole. Each member is on their own journey with cancer; each has their own feelings, worries, and hopes.
Cancer Care Counselling has been designed and developed to meet the emotional needs for those who have been touched by cancer. Each person touched by the disease, including the caregiver, patient, and/or children can expect to receive up to three free counselling sessions by a counsellor.
You can also expect to receive compassion and confidentiality in a safe, supportive atmosphere. No referral is necessary. Individuals may just simply call to inquire about this program and appointments can be made over the phone. Please pass along this information to anyone who you think could benefit from this service.
What's Happening at Gentle Path: 2017
Anger, Friend or Foe (For women)
When: Thursday, May 4, 2017, from 6:30pm- 8:00pm
Where: TRC Building
Duration and Cost: Six-week program, cost: TBA
Working with/Parenting Exception Children
When: Date- TBA, time: 6:30pm-- 8:00pm
Where: Gentle Path Counselling Services, Ltd., 28 Richmond Street, Suite 330, Saint John, NB E2L 3B2
Duration and Cost: $125.00/person or $200.00/couple (Some subsidies available)
When: Thursday evenings, 6:30pm-8:00pm, Date: TBA
Where: Church of the Good Shepherd, 668 Manawagonish Rd, Saint John, NB E2M 3W5
Duration and Cost: Eight-week program at no charge
The Self Regulation Group
When: 7 week program, TBA
Where: Gentle Path Boardroom (28 Richmond St.)
Duration and Cost: $140.00 (some subsidies available)
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