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Healing Narratives

Free counselling for men who have experienced sexual assault. 

Call us about Healing Narratives at (902) 423-4675 to find out more about free supportive and confidential counselling.




Our Yoga classes are FREE and run on a drop-in basis. All skill levels are welcome.

  • Tuesdays 11:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. - Instructor: Sylvie Anne Williams
  • Wednesdays 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. - Instructor: Denise Landry​

Active wear (Eg., shorts, track pants, sweat pants) is often most comfortable as very loose-fitting clothing can move around too much and jeans can restrict movement.

Yoga mats are provided, but if you have your own please feel free to bring it.



Canine Therapy

The “Paws for Thought “ Program was a canine therapy program run as a pilot. Research has shown that animals, particularly dogs, can help reduce the effects of stressful life-events, reduce anxiety, loneliness and depression and enhance better feelings of self-worth and self-esteem. Charlie was a therapy dog who worked with men who had used abuse and violence and together with the therapist men learned how to take responsibility for their previous, harmful actions. This unique program, that takes therapy out of the traditional counselling room, will continue as funds permit.



Journey Men Program

Being connected to nature and exploring the value of embracing the wilderness provides a unique environment for men, who have used abuse and violence, to connect with their own sense of mindfulness and spirituality. This pilot project was a therapeutic alternative for men who do not respond well to traditional counselling environments. Through a number of day hikes men gathered together with two therapists to walk through a wilderness experience conducive to calm, considerate and thoughtful contemplation about their harmful behaviours.

Parenting is Worth it

“Parenting is Worth it” is a therapeutic group experience for parents whose children have witnessed family violence. The group helps parents understand the effects of family violence on their children and supports them to understand how their own childhood experience impacts their parenting. Parents will discover tools and resources to parent through a trauma informed lens. This program is in partnership with Alice Housing. If you are currently a parent and a client of New Start and you want to learn more about creating a safe and peaceful environment for your children call New Start therapist, Stephanie Wells, at 902 423 4675.