Support Groups are a great way to gain support from others as you progress through treatment. They provide information, friendship and encouragement as you go through ERP and help to prevent relapse.
Please see the list below of OCD support groups in Canada, arranged by province. If you are currently running a support group and you would like to have it listed on this site, please complete the Support Group Registration form and email it to us. If you would like to start an OCD support group in your area, please read our information on starting one in your area.
Group Name: Canadian Mental Health Association, Delta Branch
Street Address: 11715 – 72nd Avenue, North Delta, BC
Email Address: info.delta @ cmha.bc.ca
Contact Name/Group Leader(s): Judy Gray, Executive Director
Group Facilitators background/experience: Liz McKenna, Counselling Psychologist and Lawrence Prasad, Counselling Psychologist
Is there a cost to attend the group? No but $20 annual membership
How often do the group meetings take place? 1st wednesday of each month, 7-9 pm
Who is this group for? adults (19+) with OCD, family & friends
Group’s format: 2 hours/month, round table check-in for first hour and split into groups for second hour (family/friends in one group and those with OCD in another group)
Are there any formal criteria for participation in the group? No, please call prior to first meeting. All welcome do not need to be from Delta.
Group Name: OCD/Anxiety Group
Street Address: Dunbar Community Centre, 4747 Dunbar Street, Room 211 Senior’s Lounge
Email Address: tracy at tracydsmith.com
Contact Name/Group Leader(s): Tracy D. Smith
Group Facilitators background/experience: Informal Peer Group
Is there a cost to attend the group? No Fee
How often do the group meetings take place? third Friday of every month, 6:30pm to 8:30pm, September 20 to December 20, 2013
Group’s format: We are a small friendly and caring group of people who meet once a month to share experiences of our OCD and anxiety and support one another. We are an informal peer led group.
Are there any formal criteria for participation in the group? No, please email Tracy if you have any questions!
Group Name: Ottawa OCD Parent/Family Support Group
Street Address: 3420 Carling Avenue, Nepean, Ontario, K2H 5B1
Email Address: barb @ ocdottawa.com
Website address: www.ocdottawa.com
Contact Name/Group Leader(s): Barb
Group Facilitators background/experience: Parent of a child with OCD. No professional expertise - just the hard-won, on the job learning, of living with a child with OCD
Is there a cost to attend the group? No
How often do the group meetings take place? 2nd Wednesday of the month
Who is this group for? Parents, Spouses of affected person, Grandparents, siblings, friends.
Group’s format: No particular format. Depends how many attend. Mostly take turns sharing and supporting.
Are there any formal criteria for participation in the group? No but please email before attending first meeting.
Group Name: ocddowntown
Street Address: 120 Carlton Street, Boardroom, Toronto M5A 4K2
Email Address: ocddowntown @ hotmail.com
Contact Name/Group Leader(s): Rick Silver
Group Facilitators background/experience: 16 years studying OCD, have OCD, OCD psychotherapist
Is there a cost to attend the group? NO
How often do the group meetings take place? every 3rd wednesday of each month
Who is this group for? those with OCD
Group’s format: sit around large boardroom table and is a free for all
Are there any formal criteria for participation in the group? must have OCD
Group Name: Obsessive Compulsive Anonymous (OCA) First Toronto
Street Address: 250 College Street, W., (just east of Spadina), Room 634 in CAMH
Email Address: jj14 @ rogers.com (Joe)
Contact Name/Group Leader(s): Jennifer or Joe
Group Facilitators background/experience: a self-help support group for persons with OCD with no leader. Obsessive-Compulsive Anonymous was founded in New York City in January 1988 and has since spread around the USA and internationally. OCA is a self-help support group for persons with OCD. The OCA program is modelled on the 12 Steps of Alcoholics Anonymous. For more info: OCA World Services, Box 215, New Hyde Park, NY 11040, (516) 739-0662 or the OCA World Services website which has information on the program, publications, conference calls, etc.
Is there a cost to attend the group? NO
How often do the group meetings take place? every Thursday, 7-9 pm in Room 634
Who is this group for? primarily for persons with OCD although friends, family and supports are welcome
Group’s format: Meetings have different themes, i.e. a personal OCA story, slogans, a video, a speaker, cds of meetings from New York, etc. What is constant is the opportunity for sharing and supporting within the safe milieu of ANONYMITY, as well as the opening and closing reflections. In addition, there is a built-in break for informal conversation and the possibility of continued dialogue post meeting.
Are there any formal criteria for participation in the group? none
Online Support Groups:
- OCD Support Group – support for OCD sufferers, family and friends with contributions from renowned OCD experts Michael Jenike MD, James Claiborn Ph. D, ABPP, and Jonathan Grayson, Ph.D
- Pure O Support Group – A group for people with Obsessive Compulsive Disorder who’s compulsions are primarily mental in nature.
- EverythingOCD - A private online support group with over 170 members from all over the world including Canada. There is an Admin from Victoria, BC area representing Canada, a UK and US Admin, and a go-to person for the India/Asia region. Amy Przeworkski, PhD and Assistant Professor from Case West Reserve University who studies OCD and other anxiety disorders contributes to discussions on occasion. Additionally, there are a handful of professionals that contribute who have OCD themselves. It is a relaxed atmosphere and it’s possible to come in and look around and not say anything until or if you are comfortable. Feel free to visit their Facebook page for more information. The link to the support group is under the very first post on the top left side of page. You may experience a delay after the time of request, but do not get discouraged, they’d love to have you!
Disclaimer: The COCD Network is providing information regarding Canadian OCD support groups as a public service only. The COCD Network does not endorse, support, or recommend any of the services, groups, or individuals listed on this page. The COCD Network does not verify the accuracy of the listings provided and cannot guarantee the quality, appropriateness, or suitability of listed support groups. The COCD Network shall not be responsible or liable for any damages or losses incurred in connection with the use or participation in any of the listed support groups. Users should consult their own trained medical professional to determine the appropriateness of any treatment before participating.