Counselling Centre

Stopping the Violence Program

The Stopping the Violence Program (STV) offers women an opportunity to address experiences of abuse from a client centred and strengths based perspective. Women self-refer to the program and will receive an intake appointment with an STV Counsellor. In this appointment, staff will address any safety concerns, provide additional resources and discuss what services Cythera has to offer.

PEACE PROGRAM (FORMERLY Children Who Witness Abuse Program)


The PEACE program for children and youth experiencing violence provides counselling support rooted in the needs of the individual with a focus on Prevention, Education, Advocacy, Counselling and Empowerment. Utilising art and play, participants will develop an appropriate understanding of abuse, learn conflict resolution skills, recognise their strengths, address safety and explore the foundations of healthy relationships.


Intakes can be booked online or you can contact the counselling centre directly to do so.


Groups & Workshops

Our psycho-educational groups and workshops offer women opportunities for self-reflection and a deeper understanding of abuse and it's impacts. We offer both drop-in and closed groups, all of which are available to Cythera clients. In addition to groups offered to Cythera clients, we also do community based support and offer groups open to all community members as well.

Transition House

Our Transition House provides safe housing and basic necessities for up to 30 days to women and children impacted by domestic violence and/or abuse.  Staffed 24 hours a day, residents receive emotional support in a secure, nonjudgmental and confidential environment.

Practical information and referrals to service providers to support with housing, legal rights, income assistance, child-care and other community resources are provided.

I am so grateful to have the honor and privilege of staying with Cythera. What a blessing the caring, hardworking and nonjudgmental staff have been. Cythera is so amazing!”
— Past Resident

When you arrive...

Every individual who comes to the Transition House is greeted by our staff and given access to a secure, private room and clean pyjamas. Our staff strive to create a welcoming and comfortable home environment were you will find a fully stocked kitchen, toys and games for young children to enjoy, a gaming lounge for youth. Our transition house also features a beautifully landscaped yard complete with toys, play houses, gardens and a covered deck area.

We are in operation 24 hours a day. contact us to find out more.

Community Education

Community Action Plan for Children (CAPC)

The Community Action Plan for Children (CAPC) aims to promote healthy child development. Specifically focusing on improving parenting skills, parent-child relationships, decreasing social isolation, increasing child self-esteem and providing child-focused activities such as preschool programs and play groups.

As a recipient of the CAPC funding Cythera is able to offer no cost programs to the Maple Ridge, Pitt Meadows and Katzie communities. Check our Current Programming page for program details.

Violence is Preventable (VIP) & believe

Since 2004, PEACE Programs have been partnering with BC schools and community educators of grades K – 12 to increase awareness about domestic violence and the impact domestic violence has on children and youth.

 The Violence is Preventable (V.I.P.) project is a school-based educational presentation on domestic violence prevention. The V.I.P. project supports children and youth in:

·       Recognizing the effects and myths about domestic violence

·       Distinguishing between healthy and unhealthy ways of expressing anger

·       Expressing their feelings and experiences in a safe place

 PEACE programs are also faced with questions about experiences of sexual violence happening to students in BC schools. In response, as an extension of the V.I.P. project, the BELIEVE project was developed to focus on helping students in grades 6-8 understand healthy relationships and sexual violence specifically on topics such as consent, sexting, sexual harassment and how one can access support.

Contact us for more information about these projects or to find out how to bring them to your classroom.

More Resources

BC211 provides a comprehensive database of resources available in the province of British Columbia. We invite you to access their database to find other services in the community to support you and your family.