Community and Counselling Services

Elizabeth Fry Toronto provides a broad range of counseling services to women who are, have been, or are at risk of conflict with the law, both in the community and institutions. Our counsellors work from a women centered, non-judgmental approach and utilize a counseling model that  customizes service plans to the individual needs and concerns of our clients.   Counseling is available Monday to Friday 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. and all individual services are  free of charge. 

Services include:

Healing from Abuse & Trauma Services

Provides individualize counselling and advocacy for women who have experienced abuse of any sort including: domestic assault, childhood abuse, sexual abuse and abuse in the context of cults and child pornography as well as Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD). The service aims  to assist women establishing of a sense of physical and psychological safety and wellness while helping to bring balance and hope back into their lives of our clients.


Reintegration Counselling Services

Provides one-to-one and group counseling for women on provincial probation and parole. Using a harm reduction framework, clients are provided with the skills and resources necessary to develop alternatives to theft, fraud, and substance use behaviors.


Parenting Services

Offers support to mothers reuniting with families post or during incarceration. The goal of this service is to develop strong and responsive parenting skills among women who have been separated from their children, had to parent while in prison or are rebuilding family relationships upon institutional release. This service also offers women information on how to discipline with love, provides strategies for building positive self-esteem in children and offers tools for effective communication with their children.   


Community General Counselling Services

Provides counseling supports to women in the community dealing with a broad range of social, economic and justice disadvantages.  Through this service, women are timely, accurate information pertaining to their legal rights, health and safety and alternatives to at risk behaviors.   

If you would like to contact a counsellor or receive more information about our Counselling Services, please contact us  at 416.924.3708 or


Sometimes the company we keep can have serious, everlasting consequences that alter the course of our life. Charlie found out the hard way that her partner did not have the best of intentions after she was arrested for holding on to his gun. Luckily, Charlie was strong enough to turn her situation around.  Charlie took full advantage of programs available when she was at Grand Valley Institute, and that hard work paid off upon her arrival to the Phyllis Haslam Residence at Elizabeth Fry Toronto. 

Upon her release, Charlie had a job lined up in a field she was passionate about, and has been working hard to save money so she can support herself when she is granted her full parole. Most importantly, Charlie has reconnected with old friends. By surrounding herself with positive influences who are as invested in her success as she is, it reminds Charlie that life always moves forward.