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.
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.
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.
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.