Individual Services

Family Counselling/Therapy is one of the modalities offered by the Centre.

Family counselling is offered across agency programs (for example, Employee and Family Assistance, Addictions), and is consistent with the Centre’s values of Inclusiveness, Community Integration, Equity, Self Determination and Anti-Oppression.

Within the scope of family therapy practice, this means that we define family as inclusive of same-sex marriage and other family group arrangements. We believe in working in collaboration with our community partners to strengthen family functioning, and we believe that all family members are to be treated with respect and dignity. We believe that families have the right to decide what is best for themselves.

Further, we work towards the eradication of social injustices perpetuated towards families due to structural inequities that focus on age, ancestry, colour, race, ethnic origin, (dis)ability, gender, sexual orientation or identity, class and occupation.

The purpose of family counselling is to support individual and family goals, to promote emotional growth and development, and to manage change and accelerate conflict resolution.


Cognitive Behavior Therapy (CBT)

Individual CBT sessions are delivered in person or online through video conference. We provide services for people experiencing symptoms of depression, anxiety and anxiety related symptoms (generalized anxiety, panic disorder, social anxiety, specific phobias, health anxiety, OCD and PTSD).

Walk-in clinic

We offer in-person no appointment required counselling on Tuesday and Thursday afternoons. Simply come to our location at 361 McIntyre Street East to register. You will be seen by the next available counsellor.


Virtual Single Session counselling clinic

Our Walk-in Clinic but offered virtually. Click here to register.


Addiction Services

We offer drug, alcohol and gambling assistance for adults, youth and family members. For a description of our full services and to book an intake to find out the best service for you, click here.


Developmental Services

Families and individuals who are dealing with deve­lopmental disabilities often feel alone. We are there to help! This service is available to families who have a child or a youth with a developmental disability, ages 3 to 18 years of age. We offer Community Integration, Advocacy and Counselling. To register or find out if this service is right for your family, book an appointment with our intake worker.

To access Adult Services, complete a referral at DSO (Developmental Services Ontario).

We help individuals with developmental disabilities to live at the highest level of their potential. We can help by providing you with:

  1. Case Management: Working with you to assess, plan, follow the plan, coordinate your care, monitor your situation, help you select the best option of all the services and supports available to
  2. Advocacy: to ensure within the scope of our authority that the rights of the individual with the disability are acknowledged and to inform that individual of their rights. As advocates, we also work to enhance the community’s capacity to connect with and involve individuals with developmental
  3. Life Skills Coaching: We will work with you to strengthen your ability to manage the skills necessary for daily
  4. Person Centred Planning: We develop and maintain a plan for our work The plan is developed jointly with you and promotes the concepts of choice, individualized services and supports your satisfaction and builds on your strengths and abilities.

Our services are voluntary. We do not have guardianship or legislated custodial authority for the individuals we support.


Counselling for men who have been sexually abused

As survivors of sexual victimization, men are in a vul­nerable position. Often struggling with relationships in youth and adulthood, men are sometimes limited by traditional views of masculinity to openly address the confusion, anger and grief that stem from childhood sexual abuse. To register, click here.


Counselling for women who have experienced violence (VAW)

If you are or have been in a relationship with an inti­mate partner or family member who is abusive and/or controlling, private counselling, education and therapy groups are available. We offer a safe, supportive envi­ronment for women, age 16 and older who have been assaulted or abused, to talk about their experiences and examine their options. There is no charge for this service.

To register or find out if this service is right for you, click here.


Counselling for women who have been sexually abused (SA)

Individual counselling, education and therapy groups are also available to women who have experienced an unwanted act of a sexual nature; this may include kissing, fondling, oral sex, intercourse, or exposure to porno­graphy that occurred during childhood or as an adult.

Counselling helps women achieve health and wellness in their present lives by working through the trauma of sexual abuse.

To register, click here.


Employee and Family Assistance Program (EFAP)

Employers who offer this program benefit through productivity, reduced absenteeism and a healthier work environment, thereby holding onto valued employees and avoiding high turnover costs.

Employees and their families benefit with priority access to individual, couple and family counselling, addictions counselling, and credit counselling. Additional services include wellness seminars, job­ related stress seminars, job displacement counselling, management/ employee relations and professional development.

To register for EFAP services, click here or call 705-472-6515 extension 600.


Residential Placement Advisory Committee (RPAC)

The RPAC is an advisory committee which conducts third party impartial reviews of the placements of children and youth in group homes. RPAC promotes family relationships and to respect unique and individual family circumstances.

To find out more, click here.

Group Services

Services at CCCNIP include the provision of groups. They may be educational, psycho-educational and therapeutic in nature. Group planning for the year typically occurs in late summer. The following is a list and description of groups provided by the Centre.


Back on Track

A psycho-educational group mandated by judicial decision, for those who have been convicted of impaired driving. Group is preceded by an assessment that determines whether a one or two day group is required. Full attendance and participation as well as post group follow up is necessary for successful completion.

To register for a scheduled Back on Track course, please call 705 472 6515 extension 500.


Breaking Family Rules

A psycho-educational/therapeutic group for significant others who are struggling with the familial effects of addiction. Group members are screened may have brief individual or family therapy in advance of group participation. To register or find out if the group is right for you, click here.


Structured Relapse Prevention (SRP)

A therapeutic support group for people who wish to increase their understanding and skills in preventing addiction relapse.

To register for a group or find out if it’s right for you, click here.


Guided Self Change

Guided Self Change an education presentation of two hours, offered to probation clients, who are in a pre-contemplative stage of change, and whose substance use has impacted legal issues in their lives.


Changing Patterns

Changing Patterns is a group for mothers or caregivers who have experienced abuse from their partners and their children who have witnessed it. These groups teach children and their caregivers the skills to cope and rebuild their lives after experiencing or witnessing violence. Mothers and Caregivers learn how to best help their children heal after being exposed to violence.

Topics include, keeping yourself safe, dealing with the emotions, understanding that it’s not your fault, believing in yourself, and learning that it’s ok to talk about what you have experienced.

This program is a partnership of a variety of children’s and women’s service agencies. It is free of charge and funded by the Ontario Ministry of Community and Social Services. Snacks are provided, financial assistance is available for transportation and child care.

This group is also available for aboriginal caregivers and children according to traditional teachings and culture.

To register or find out if this group is right for your family, click here.


Seeking Safety

For people of all genders who have experienced sexual trauma and addiction (or other harmful coping).  Themes covered are:  Safety, Grounding, Triggers, PTSD and Addiction, Compassion and Self-Care.  It’s a great beginner’s psychoeducation guide to staying safe and basic coping skills.

To register for the next group or find out if it’s right for you, click here.


Male Survivor

This is a therapeutic group for men who have experienced sexual abuse in childhood or as youth, and is generally preceded by individual counselling. Men are able to discuss the gender-specific consequences of their trauma and the effects on relationships as an adult. The group focuses on moving forward by sharing trust and developing healthy relationships.


Partner Assault Response (PAR-Men)

This men’s group is available both in North Bay and in the district of Temiskaming. This is a psycho-educational group, mandated by judicial decision via the Crown Attorney or Probation and Parole, based on charges of domestic violence.

Men are screened in advance of group, and must accept accountability for their behaviour by making payment for group and by acknowledging responsibility for their actions. Partner contact is made periodically to monitor men’s behaviour as experienced by the victim.

Attendance and active participation are compulsory for successful completion. Reports are submitted to the Crown Attorney or Probation and Parole.

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If you are referred by your probation officer, have them complete the PAR referral – January 2023, fax this and the appropriate documents to: 705-472-4582.

Once we’ve received the referral, the PAR coordinator will call you for an assessment.


Partner Intervention Program (Women)

PIP is designed to help women who have been referred by the justice system, to learn about the cycle of domestic violence and to educate them about abusive behaviours in intimate relationships.

Where Do You Start?

  • You must be referred to the Partner Intervention program by the Court or by your Probation Officer.
  • If the Court has referred you, you can book an intake meeting by visiting Or you may call 705 472 6515 extension 246. Your intake will not be finalized until the Crown Attorney’s office sends us your court documents. Once this has been done, your intake will be sent to the supervisor who will assign to the PIP Coordinator.
  • If you are referred by your probation officer, have them complete the PAR referral – January 2023, fax this and the appropriate documents to: 705-472-4582.
  • The PIP Coordinator will then contact you for an assessment. This can be done in person, by phone, or by video.

Once registered, you will attend a total of 4 sessions, once a week for 2 hours. There is no fee.

Please be aware that we are only able to offer three groups per year in spring, fall and winter. For this reason, we appreciate knowing when you are required to return to court or if you are on probation, the period of your probation. Potential clients will be invited for assessments based on these dates.

For additional details as required, please speak with the Intake Coordinator, the PIP Coordinator or the Program Director by calling 705-472-6515.

Alternative Dispute Resolution

Alternative Dispute Resolution is a strength­based, inclusive and collaborative approach that empowers families to create solutions that alleviate the child protection concerns, regarding the safety and well­being of their children .

ADR is a free service that helps families resolve disputes, develop plans, and improve relationships. ADR is a voluntary service that can be faster and less complicated than going through court. The program is funded by the Ministry of Community, Children and Social Services.

What ADR Methods are Available at the Community Counselling Centre of Nipissing?

  • Family Group Decision Making which includes: Youth­Led Conferencing
  • Child Protection Mediation
  • Indigenous Approaches to ADR
  • Rapid Response

To find out more, click here or contact Tammy Geisler at 705-472-6515 extension 258.