Welcome

Raising children and a family in today’s modern world is challenging. Parents have the entire internet at their disposal and there is no single authority to follow. It can be hard to know whom or what to trust when making decisions about the social, emotional and behavioural well-being of your child. Child and family therapy can offer great relief, and provide direction when families feel unmoored and in search of constructive solutions.

Dedicated child and family therapy and consultation in midtown Toronto

Kristin Yeo, MSW, RSW

As a child and family therapist, I specialize in working with children ages 3-12 and youth 13-17, as well as adults, parents, and couples without their children. Areas of focus include parent-child attachment; family issues; social, emotional and behavioural difficulties and trauma.

Please explore this website to learn more or contact me for a free 20-minute consultation. All are welcome.

About

I am a registered social worker and psychotherapist who specializes in serving the mental health and social needs of children, youth and their families. I have a Master’s degree in Clinical Social Work from New York University, and a Bachelors of Arts, Honours Sociology and Criminology degree from Trinity College at the University of Toronto. In addition to private practice, I work at Humber River Hospital in the child and adolescent mental health outpatient unit. I have also worked in a variety of community-based mental health organizations in New York City and Toronto to develop my child and family therapy practice skills, including New Alternatives for Children Inc., The GO Project, Adventure Place, SickKids Centre for Community Mental Health, and Key Assets Canada.

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My practice is strengths-based and informed by a variety of evidence-based therapies to meet the unique needs of each child and family including:

  • Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT)
  • Play Therapy
  • Attachment-Focused Therapy
  • Dialectical Behaviour Therapy (DBT)
  • Narrative Therapy
  • Brief Solution-Focused Therapy
  • Schema Therapy

Services

Individual Therapy

Individual therapy can be highly effective for children and teens who struggle with anxiety, depression, social difficulties, learning disorders, adjustment issues or when faced with serious stressors such as divorce and loss. My office offers a child-friendly, safe space to explore personal difficulties and concerns with the guidance and support of an experienced therapist. Play therapy is utilized with younger children, as this medium allows their feelings and thoughts to be expressed through the language of play. It is important for parents or guardians to be actively involved in their child’s therapy. The purpose of parental involvement when a child attends individual sessions is three-fold:

1. To provide guidance on how to help your child at home
2. To obtain useful information from you about your child and family
3. To offer you much needed support and validation as you deal with sometimes difficult or confusing challenges in your family.

Family Therapy

When one family member has a problem, it most commonly has an effect on the entire family. Family therapy is an effective way to help all family members understand problems and to nurture change and growth within the family unit. Sessions may incorporate the whole family or smaller subsets of the family unit depending on your need.

Parent Counselling

Parenting is one of life’s most rewarding experiences, but it is also one of life’s most challenging. Parent counselling offers a safe and confidential space to discuss any concerns you may have about your child, and explore parenting strategies to support the creation of a stable, supportive and harmonious family environment. It is important to take care of yourself as a parent and sessions can also offer much-needed validation, support, and encouragement when dealing with the emotional, developmental and behavioural problems that may arise in your children.

Consultation Services

Service coordination with key players in your child and family’s day-to-day life is an optional service in addition to counselling. Examples would be: classroom observations as permitted by your child’s school, consultation with school teachers and other healthcare providers such as psychiatrists and pediatricians, and home visits. When working with youth and children, it is important to coordinate key players in various environments to support conversations and strategies learned in therapy to continue outside of session.

Contact

My office is located at 263 Eglinton Avenue West

For a free 20-minute phone or video consultation, or to book an initial session, you can contact me by filling out the form below or calling (647) 360-9863.

 

 

Please note that I will do my best to respond to your message within 1 business day. If you or your child are in need of immediate attention or crisis support, please go to your local Emergency Room or call 9-1-1. If you have a child protection concern, please contact your local Children’s Aid Society (416-924-4640 for the City of Toronto). Thank you.