Mental Health

Mental Health Mission Statement: “Working together with community partners to provide mental health services and promote wellness.”

At the Welland McMaster Family Health Team we have two social workers, a mental health nurse, and a psychologist available to provide services to our patients. They also work together with the dietitian, occupational therapist, pharmacist, and nurses to provide a comprehensive and holistic (treatment of the whole person) approach to your care. We also partner with many community agencies to ensure that your needs are addressed through the most appropriate service.

Groups, Programs and Workshops

We offer many programs, groups and workshops to our patients, all free of charge (parking costs still apply). For additional information about dates and locations, or to register, contact FHT Reception at 905-734-9699 ext. 3

Craving Change

This is a how-to guide for helping people who struggle with their eating. It takes a cognitive behavioural approach to emotional eating and focuses on why you eat, not what you eat. Our Dietitian and Social Worker run Craving Change. The group consists of one (1) two-hour session per week for four (4) weeks. Speak with your doctor or contact FHT Reception for more information and to register.

Cognitive Therapy for Depression

This program is based on a cognitive behavioural model and is designed to help patients take steps to manage their depression and live fuller lives. Each participant will work on individualized goals and coping strategies and will receive a take-home workbook to assist them in this process. The program consists of one (1) hour and a half session per week for four (4) weeks. Speak with your doctor or contact FHT Reception for more information and to register.

Mindfulness Group

Mindfulness promotes a state of being “present” in the moment with awareness and attention, learning to respond to situations and stressors rather than simply reacting. Mindfulness practice promotes many health and wellness benefits, such as: calming the body; decreasing stress; reducing anxiety; integrating emotions; and relieving chronic pain. The group is lead by our Occupational Therapist and focuses on the promotion of personal daily practice of mindfulness focus and meditations. The focus is also towards breaking some of the unconscious habits of thinking and behaving that stop you from living life to the fullest. This group meets twice monthly for hour-long sessions, all year. This group is open to the general public and is held at the Welland Community Wellness Complex (membership to the Complex is not required to attend this group). For more information, contact FHT Reception.

Anxiety Group

This group uses cognitive behavioural therapy approaches to help patients learn coping strategies to self-manage their anxiety. It is lead by our Social Worker and Mental Health Nurse and consists of weekly two-hour sessions for eight (8) weeks. Speak with your doctor or contact FHT reception for more information and to register.