VeteranLife Support Group
A weekly Veterans Support Group is held at Together We Can for ex-servicemen. This group is a check-in format facilitated by PTSD Therapist Courtney Nichols and Michael Cain, a former Naval Communicator who now works in Resident Services at Together We Can.
Participants are able to share with one another in a safe and therapeutic setting. Veterans who participate in this group report that they feel “comfortable and safe” among other men suffering with PTSD, trauma, anxiety and substance misuse issues. This group utilizes one of the core concepts implemented at Together We Can: supportive recovery through fellowship. This group is also open to other veterans outside of TWC seeking to connect with like-minded individuals in recovery.
Together We Can implements a policy of intensive peer support for all veterans during their first 7-10 days at Together We Can. Ex-servicemen are employed specifically to mentor and support other former military personnel beginning their journeys at TWC.
Courtney Nichols – MC:AT, RCC
Registered Clinical Counsellor, PTSD Therapist
Courtney Nichols is a Registered Clinical Counsellor in B.C, and a Certified Cognitive Behavioural Therapist for anxiety disorders. She has additional specialty education and experience working with depression, PTSD, OCD & psychosis. She is invaluable to the healing here at TWC.
Courtney facilitates a Cognitive Behavioural Therapy group where anxiety symptoms, triggers and coping strategies are discussed. Together in a group setting, clients are able to share their experiences with anxiety and constructively come up with healthy ways to manage daily worries.
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Veteran Services and Volunteer Coordinator
Michael has been trained in naval communications and served for three and a half years in the Canadian Navy.
Aside from handling his responsibilities as one of our Veteran Services Coordinator, he is also the Volunteer Coordinator and a live-in manager at one of our transitional homes.
Mike coordinates and schedules OSIS (operational stress injury support) groups, counselling sessions, and other activities at Together We Can. He communicates regularly with Veteran Affairs and offers his experience, strength and hope to servicemen dealing with substance abuse, PTSD, and other mental health issues.