Ottawa GOAL Group (Virtual)

Support Group
Contact: Caitlin Claggett Woods

Meeting Information:

Venue: Zoom
Meeting day and time: 1st and 3rd Wednesday of each month from 7-9 pm
Open To: Adults in Ontario with OCD
Fee: Free

Modeled after the GOAL support group developed by Jonathan Grayson, Ph.D. and Gayle Frankel, the group gives participants the opportunity to discuss topics relevant to OCD and its treatment, as well as support each other to set achievable behavioural goals that will help with gaining better control over one’s OCD. Finally, the group will allow participants to connect with others living with OCD in the aim of fostering a safe and supportive community.
The GOAL group is a peer-led and professional-assisted group, meaning that while a therapist is present at every meeting, the group is run by members with lived experience. The meetings will be held via Zoom.

Who Can Attend this Group?

This group is free and open to all individuals 18 years or older with OCD who are living in Ontario. This group is not intended for those living with OCD-related disorders such as Hoarding Disorder, Trichotillomania (Hair-Pulling Disorder), unless the individual has concurrent symptoms of OCD. Since the purpose of the group is to provide a peer support system and information exchange for people with this disorder, the group is not open to family members or friends.

GOAL group is intended as a support group and is not a substitute for psychological services. This group is not meant to replace therapy, but rather act as a complement to therapy.

When Does the Group Run?

The group meets on the 1st and 3rd Wednesday of each month from 7-9 pm.

If you are interested in joining the OCD GOAL support group, please get in touch with us via the registration form below. To confirm your registration and receive the link to join the GOAL group, you must complete the Terms and Conditions that will be emailed to you after filling in the registration form.

The deadline to register is 11 am on the day of the group you wish to attend.

By registering for the Ottawa GOAL group you will be added to the email list, which will provide you the link to join group meetings each week and other GOAL group-related updates.