All practitioners offer their services to The Vancouver Friends for Life Society on a voluntary basis and receive no compensation. This allows our client-members to access these services free of charge. All practitioners are thoroughly vetted by The Vancouver Friends for Life Society and are qualified and certified experts in their fields.
Our Current Programs.
Certified therapists work one-to-one with members to address issues including grief and loss, self-esteem, disclosure, anxiety, depression, post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), relationships and stress management. Our counsellors have professional experience and expertise in a variety of areas.
Bingo for Life
It's back! Hosted by the local legend the Unstoppable Conni Smudge, Bingo For Life fundraises for the house services through the celebration of community! Made possible by all of our wonderful community sponsors, come down, enjoy some drag, food, and play bingo to win some fantastic prizes!
A Hindu spiritual and ascetic practice, which includes breath control, simple meditation, and the adoption of specific body postures, widely practiced for health and relaxation.
Art therapy combines the creative process and psychotherapy, facilitating self-exploration and understanding. Using imagery, colour and shape as part of this creative therapeutic process, thoughts and feelings can be expressed that would otherwise be difficult to articulate.
Currently on Wednesdays, our volunteer-led lunches are aimed at providing meals that are well balanced, nourishing and easily tolerated. The meals provided are especially crucial to many of our members who live on limited incomes such as disability benefits. Our lunch program also provides an important time for social interaction, countering the isolation that often accompanies living with life-challenging illness. More Info.
Acupuncture is a form of alternative medicine which promotes natural self-healing and pain relief by stimulating specific anatomic sites (acupuncture points or acupoints), most commonly by inserting fine sterile needles into the skin. It is a key component of traditional Chinese medicine.
Reflexology, also known as zone therapy, is an alternative medicine involving application of pressure to the feet and hands with specific thumb, finger, and hand techniques without the use of oil or lotion.
The healing and therapeutic benefits of human touch have been thoroughly documented in a variety of scientific journals, as has its ability to enhance the body’s own immune defenses. Massage and bodywork therapies are provided by local Massage Therapy schools, donating their time and expertise to the Society, creating low barrier access to such services for our members.
Naturopathic medicine is a distinct primary health care profession, emphasizing prevention, treatment, and optimal health through the use of therapeutic methods and substances that encourage individuals’ inherent self-healing process. The practice of naturopathic medicine includes modern and traditional, scientific, and empirical methods. With the support of the Boucher Institute of Naturopathic Medicine, Friends for Life offer regular clinics in Naturopathic medicine, Traditional Chinese Medicine and wellness planning.
Makers & Crafting Workshops
Making and crafting focuses the brain on the task at hand which can create a relaxed state. Crafting can help alleviate anxiety, stress, depression and chronic pain.