The purpose of the Laurel Centre is:

To provide individual and group therapy, as well as support and referral services to individuals and couples who have experienced either childhood or adolescent sexual victimization in order to address the long term effects related to unresolved trauma such as mental health and addictions.

To address the issue of societal denial of the seriousness and prevalence of the problem of child sexual abuse, and the detrimental long-term effects (including challenges to mental health and additions) by providing training and educational workshops for professionals, in order to increase their knowledge and awareness of the effects of childhood sexual abuse.


The Board of Directors and Staff of The Laurel Centre believe:

  • All individuals have a right to to social, political, and economic equality and power;
  • Childhood sexual abuse has a long-term damaging effect over one's well-being (physical, emotional, social, spiritual, intellectual), and may result in challenges to mental health and the adoption of compulsive coping behaviours.
  • Problematic adaptation is a consequence of inadequate resources and supports rather than a reflection of deficiencies within the individual.
  • All individuals have the right to choose the course of their healing process.

Given these beliefs, The Laurel Centre provides counselling, which allows women to understand the context of their lives, and to make the link between their compulsive coping behaviours and the trauma experienced in their childhood. This understanding empowers them to make life-affirming choices and to resolve the impact of trauma by integrating physical, emotional, intellectual, social, and spiritual aspects of self in context.