Riverwalk offers support for men and women of all ages and their families: a referral is not required.  Adult support groups are available for those who are 19 years of age or over. Teen support groups are available for those 13-19 years old.   At least four registrations are required for any support group to begin.

Please note:  If you are unable to attend a session for which you are registered  let us know as a courtesy to the rest of the group. Refunds are not issued if you do not attend a group for which you have registered; refunds or credits are not issued for missed sessions .  If the week before the program start date few registrations have been received, the program may be delayed. We will keep you informed. A full refund will be provided if the group does not start within two weeks of the proposed start date. Only the person who will be attending the group may register for themselves (family, friends, counselors, etc. may not register on behalf of someone else).   Please do not bring a family member, friend, or other person if they are not registered. Please inquire regarding the building's accessibility with regards to stairs if this is a concern for you.  Please call or email if you have any questions or would like more information. 

Please inquire if you would like to register to attend with a support person.

For more support groups, visit the Expressive and Therapeutic Art page.


Please contact us by email at info@edoyr.com or call 905 886-6632 if you are interested in registering for any of the groups below.  Once we receive an indication of interests from at least five individuals we will contact you to schedule the start date and convene the group.


Support Group for Eating Disorders (CBT-E) with Flora Svinarenko, BSW, MSW, RSW
125.00

DATE & TIME: 4 Monday mornings. May be on-going. Please inquire regarding start date.

LOCATION: 10495 Keele St., unit 1, room 2A, Vaughan. On.

This group is suitable for anyone seeking support for the first time in a group format. The group is based on the Cognitive Behavioural Therapy techniques specifically developed for eating disorders (CBT-E).  In this group participants will get a chance to learn how to change unhelpful thoughts and behaviours that contribute to  disordered eating. The facilitator will help identify internal and external factors that are intertwined with eating habits. You will receive helpful tools and learn techniques  to address disordered eating. After the introductory four weeks, this group may be offered on an on-going basis for maintenance as a support group throughout the summer with a focus around what works and what does not, as well as refining tools and techniques learned on the journey to recovery.

A minimum of four registrations is required for the group to begin. 

Facilitator's website: www.floratherapy.ca


Cognitive Behavioural Therapy Strategies for Challenging Negative Self Talk with Michelle Scott, OT Reg (Ont)
125.00

DATE & TIME: Begins September 30th for 4 weeks; Sunday afternoons from 2:00 to 3:30. May be on-going if there is interest.
LOCATION: 16 Industrial Pkwy S, Aurora.

Self-talk is the term used to describe words, phrases, or ideas that we use when talking to ourselves or thinking. When you're struggling with a mental health challenge - like depression, anxiety, or an eating disorder - self-talk can become negative, extreme, and even destructive.

Does any of the following sound familiar to you?
"I can't do it." "I have no skills." "No one likes me." "I'm a failure." "I hate my body." "I hate myself."

If yes, then this group is for you!

Using strategies inspired by cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT) and group learning, this group will focus on challenging negative self-talk and changing those thoughts into something more constructive/life-affirming. Each group will teach a new skill building off of the previous group. Group members will be expected to complete home practice activities to help with transfer of knowledge to everyday life. 

The structure will be as follows:

Group 1: CBT - the basics.
The thought, behaviour, and emotion connection. How faulty thinking can affect behaviour, feeling, and self-assessment. Identifying cognitive distortions. 

Group 2: Challenging negative self-talk.
Learning how to complete Thought Records and critically analyze cognitive distortions.

Group 3: Asserting the balanced thought.
Now that we have identified a more balanced thought, how do we give it more power?

Group 4: Identifying and challenging core beliefs.
sing thought records to dig down and identify core beliefs, and using your CBT strategies to challenge negative core beliefs.

This will be a closed group. Group members will be expected to attend all four groups.

*At least four registrations are required for the group to start as scheduled.  If there is insufficient registration received the week before the group is scheduled to begin, the group may be cancelled or postponed.


Healthy Coping Skills for Teens with Flora Svinarenko, BSW, MSW, RSW

DATE & TIME: Please inquire.

Very often anxiety and depression are familiar feelings to someone struggling with disordered eating, body image issues and low self esteem. During this group you will learn how your negative thinking patters might be affecting your feelings and behaviors. You will be able to explore the “mechanisms” of anxiety and depression and learn why they are triggered. You will learn healthy coping techniques with your symptoms and you will be able to share your struggles and worries in a safe environment.

*At least four registrations are required for the group to start as scheduled.  If there is insufficient registration received the week before the group is scheduled to begin, the group may be cancelled or postponed.

Facilitator website: www.floratherapy.ca


Peer Support Group

DATE & TIME: Please inquire.

We'll meet each week for an open discussion in a non-judgmental environment, to share our thoughts, struggles, successes, and strategies. We can support one another from the perspective of 'being there' and learn from one another to add to our list of personal recovery tools.

The group is for anyone who personally identifies with the the above and is not intended for those who support a family member or friend.  If you are a support person who would like to learn more about a family and friends support group, please call or email for more information.

*At least four registrations are required for the group to start as scheduled.  If there is insufficient registration received the week before the group is scheduled to begin, the group may be cancelled or postponed.


Family Peer Support Group

Please inquire.

This group is for family members and friends to engage with one another to participate in peer support.  This is an opportunity to meet in our comfortable and convenient location in Aurora (Yonge & Wellington), without cost, in non-facilitated group to dialogue and offer insights and support to one another.

*At least four registrations are required for the group to start as scheduled.  If there is insufficient registration received the week before the group is scheduled to begin, the group may be cancelled or postponed.