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Narrative Therapy

The SA/DVCC counselling program is rooted in a narrative therapeutic approach, which is a form of talk therapy. This approach informs all of the counselling modalities utilized by the counsellors at SA/DVCC, including Art Therapy and EMDR.

The word 'narrative' refers to the emphasis that is placed upon the stories of people's lives, particularly the stories people live by and are influenced by. A narrative framework recognizes people as the expert of their own lives and assumes that people have many skills, beliefs, values, and abilities that they have put into practice throughout their lives, and that will assist them on their healing journey and through the therapeutic process. In addition, a narrative approach views each person in relation to the broader social and political contexts that informs their life. Therefore at SA/DVCC we feel a person's experience of trauma and its impact affects the whole person (emotionally, physically, mentally & spiritually) and is shaped by, and affects their social, political and economic environments. In this context, we see our work as addressing the multiplicity of impacts a person can experience and it is our hope that through these conversations a person's inner knowledge and resiliency will not only be acknowledged but celebrated1.

1 Adapted from: Dulwich Centre: A gateway to narrative therapy & community work.
Narrative Therapy Centre of Toronto Erik Sween, Gecko 1998:Vol. 2

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Location & Contact Information

Sexual Assault/Domestic Violence Care Centre (SA/DVCC)
Women's College Hospital
76 Grenville St.
Ground floor (in the AACU), Room 1305
Toronto, ON M5S 1B2

Phone: 416-323-6040

Fax: 416-323-6489

Office Hours:
Monday to Friday
8:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.

A nurse is available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. Patients can be seen on-site at WCH between 7:30 a.m. on Monday to 11 p.m. on Friday. After 11 p.m. on Friday until 7:30 a.m. on Monday, patients should go to one of the emergency departments listed under the "Mobile Locations" tab and request the SA/DVCC service.

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