Our Mental Health Professionals

Bell Let’s Talk Support Online Counselling with The Counselling Group of Jewish Family Services

OTTAWA, ON – November 3, 2017 – The Counselling Group of Jewish Family Services (JFS) of Ottawa is pleased to announce it has received a Bell Let’s Talk Community Fund grant totalling $20,000 to support the launch of a new e-counselling program in order to expand counselling services in the Ottawa area. The Counselling Group has been providing counselling to the Ottawa community for over 30 years. This new funding will allow services to expand from in-office sessions to include counselling by telephone and online at TheCounsellingGroup.com.

Online counselling has proven to be not only more approachable, but also as effective as face-to-face therapy. It overcomes barriers, reaching clients who cannot regularly access or afford counselling.

“We are excited to begin this work with support from the Bell Let’s Talk Community Fund. Remote access to The Counselling Group will make it possible for clients to receive affordable, quality mental health care,” said Rebecca Fromowitz, Assistant Executive Director of JFS Ottawa. “We strive to serve our entire community, including those at the social and economic margins, as many cannot physically come into the agency to see a counsellor.”

People who will specifically benefit from this new funding include those with limited financial resources, isolating mental health concerns, physical disabilities or limited childcare, as well as people living in rural regions or at a distance from the site, and those with transportation or scheduling challenges.

This funding will also help expand services more equitably across the Ottawa region. The online and telephone access to The Counselling Group will be geared-to-income and affordable, becoming the first community-based e-counselling program in our region available to adults regardless of their income. The program will ensure services are more equitable and timely by supporting access to care from anywhere with an internet or telephone connection.

“Bell Let’s Talk is very proud to support The Counselling Group of Jewish Family Services’ in the launch of their new e-counselling program to expand counselling services and help more people living in the Ottawa region,” said Mary Deacon, Chair of Bell Let’s Talk. “With 70 grants in 2017, the Bell Let’s Talk Community Fund is supporting programs providing mental health services in communities around the country that help Canadians living with mental illness.”

About Bell Let’s Talk:

The Bell Let’s Talk initiative promotes Canadian mental health with national awareness and anti-stigma campaigns like Bell Let’s Talk Day, and provides significant Bell funding of community care and access, research and workplace initiatives. To learn more about the Bell Let’s Talk campaign, and to download the Bell Let’s Talk toolkit to help get the conversation started, please visit Bell.ca/LetsTalk.

January 31, 2018 is Bell Let’s Talk Day


The Counselling Group proudly supports Bell Let's Talk Day on January 31, 2018

For every tweet/retweet using #BellLetsTalk or view of the official Bell Let’s Talk video, Bell will donate 5¢ to Canadian mental health initiatives. Join the conversation!


About The Counselling Group:

The trained and experienced counsellors at The Counselling Group provide a full range of counselling and support services for children, adolescents, and adults. They offer individual, couple, family, and group counselling tailored to support clients in identifying and reaching their achievable goals.

Our registered, professional counsellors are caring and empathetic and have a holistic, client-centred approach to counselling. Their work with clients from all orientations, ethnicities, and cultural backgrounds reflects The Counselling Group’s respect for difference and diversity.

The Counselling Group is a program of Jewish Family Services.

For more information on The Counselling Group or Jewish Family Services of Ottawa, visit TheCounsellingGroup.com, JFSottawa.com and connect on Facebook at Facebook.com/TCGOttawa.


Media Contact:

Rebecca Fromowitz
The Walk-in Counselling Clinic / Jewish Family Services of Ottawa
2255 Carling Avenue, Suite 300
Ottawa, Ontario K2B 7Z5
Tel: 613-722-2225 x410



Counselling Open to all Ottawa Residents

Rebecca Fromowitz, Director of The Counselling Group Director spoke with Rabbi Bulka on his weekly Ottawa podcast Sunday Night – with Rabbi Bulka about the services offered by The Counselling Group.

“Our program offers a range of counselling and mental health supports to Ottawa residents of all ages. Children, youth, adults, seniors, and families.” says Fromowitz, pointing out that “The Counselling Group is here for all residents of Ottawa” and that their range extends far beyond the Jewish Community.

“We branded as The Counselling Group a number of years back because we want to make sure we communicate to the community that we’re here for all Ottawa residents. We work with everyone.”

Funded by The United Way, The Counselling Group has further benefited from The United Way’s extensive public awareness campaigns that enable people from the broader community to find our services when they’re ready to reach out.

“The United Way is there to support the most vulnerable and marginalized as a result of social, economic, cultural inequalities, and those very people need access to these services. They are important. They are not [just] important – they are necessary services to have a healthy and vibrant community”.

Listen to the full interview with Rabbi Bulka, host of Sunday Night with Rabbi Bulka Podcast and Rebecca Fromowitz, Director, The Counselling Group here:

For more information, or to request counselling services, contact The Counselling Group today. 613-722-2225 x352