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Spring 2023 Compassion Focused Therapy 12 Week Group

May 9 @ 6:00 pm - July 25 @ 8:00 pm


May 2023 Compassion Focused Therapy Group

Compassion Focused Therapy for anger, perfectionism, criticism of self and others

This 12 week CFT group will be guided by TWO CLINICIANS: Drs. Paul Grunberg & Riley Desmarais MAc RP

When:  Tuesdays 6pm to 8pm 12 weeks from May 9 to July 25 2023. 

Where: IN PERSON at Ottawa River Integrative Mental Health, 201 McLeod, Centretown Ottawa (street parking and parking at Museum of Nature available)


You will likely benefit from the Compassion Focused Therapy 12 week group if you notice that you:

  • criticize yourself and/or others,
  • avoid valued life experiences because of fear and shame,
  • feel like an imposter who over or under performs
  • notice your standards are always shifting to be just out of reach or are unattainable, 
  • experience a sense of isolation from others

Who is this group for?

This 12 week psychologist led psychotherapy group is specifically designed for adults who experience shame and struggle with criticism of self and other, pretending, over and under performing, and resisting assertiveness of individual needs.

What does this group involve?

Each session includes teaching, experiential exercises and group processing. By the end of this course, you will:

  • Learn how to access your most under utilized motivational resource.
  • Learn the evolutionary origins and function of your emotions, especially shame.
  • Learn how to establish a foundation of safeness in your mind and body.
  • Understand the origins and functions of your over-reliance in drive and threat systems to accomplish your goals.
  • Learn how to stop self attacks.
  • Learn how to shift mindsets to build your confidence and skillfulness in relationships with self and others.
  • Learn valuable experiential skills for managing difficult emotions with flexibility,
  • Learn how to build qualities of compassionate self leadership.

How much?  $1299 (no HST). This is a FRACTION of the cost of individual therapy for many more therapy hours.  You will have 48 hours of therapist contact (24 x 2 therapists) over 12 weeks.  1299/12 = $54 per hour or $27 per hour when you realize you have TWO professionals totally focused on your wellbeing and growth.

No refunds, transfers only

Maximum: 8 participants

Additional details:

  • Participants are asked not to participate if they are currently experiencing: a severe depressive episode, untreated substance use, or active psychosis, or have been hospitalized in the last 6 weeks.
  • An invoice will be provided upon completion for this group activity under the clinician’s name and license number.  If you have third-party insurance, it may cover all or part of the cost of a therapeutic course. We recommend that you contact your insurance provider to confirm what health professions your plan covers (e.g. Psychologist, Psychotherapist, Social Worker), and that this coverage includes the types of therapies in question (i.e. a group program or course) Sometimes there are restrictions on the particular services covered by a given health professional. Please confirm that this program is not an excluded service. Insurance receipts will be issued during the final session of the program.

About Your Group Clinicians:

This 12 week CFT group is led by a registered psychologist, Dr. Paul Grunberg C.Psych., (McGill University), and registered psychotherapist (qualifying), Riley Desmarais MA (student), who are colleagues at an Ottawa based practice emphasizing psychological interventions from the Third Wave of psychotherapy, particularly approaches grounded in compassion science and mindfulness practice.

Dr. Grunberg completed his PhD at McGill university, where he trained primarily in third-wave CBT, including Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT). Dr. Grunberg has co-facilitated multiple therapy groups using ACT, DBT, CFT, and process orientations. As a clinical psychologist, he works with youth and adults on a variety of issues, often focusing on core issues of shame, criticism, and maladaptive coping strategies (e.g., self-harm) and the development of healthy value-driven relationships to self and others.

Mr. Desmarais is a Registered Psychotherapist (Qualifying) who is completing his Master of Arts in Counselling Psychology at the University of Ottawa. He works with youth and adults who experience difficulties related to anxiety, depression, disordered eating, and interpersonal and LGBTQ2S+ issues. Mr. Desmarais integrates modalities such as Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT), Compassion-Focused Therapy (CFT), Mindfulness-Based Interventions and other third wave approaches. 

**IMPORTANT**After you purchase your ticket, you are almost there…..

….Register for the group THEN please book a brief meeting with our Care Coordinator to go over pre-group information and forms.  This will facilitate your success in the group and will allow you to receive invoices that you can use for submission to extended health care insurance.


OR IF YOU PREFER YOU MAY book a free meeting under Care Coordinator at our appointment site below:

Book Your Pre-Group Care Coordinator Intake Meeting


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May 9 @ 6:00 pm
July 25 @ 8:00 pm
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Ottawa River Integrative Mental Health Inc.
(613) 656-3331
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Ottawa River Integrative
201 McLeod
Ottawa, Ontario K2P 0Z9 Canada
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