Children

Services for Children

Treatment Philosophy

In my experience, many problems or struggles that occur in childhood can be effectively treated or managed when the parent(s) and clinician work together. When early intervention takes place, most children will begin to thrive and enjoy a happy, well-balanced life.

With over 20 years of experience working with children, I have learned that children are extremely resilient, but I have also observed a common issue that has been presented to me by countless parents.   When a child is struggling, many parents will read various articles and books regarding their child’s problems and then work diligently to implement the strategies they have learned, only to discover that they are not as effective as they had hoped.  When this occurs, parents have often expressed frustration, confusion and a deep lack of confidence.  However, during the therapy process, parents will discover that effective parenting strategies are highly dependent on their child’s personality and learning style, and not from the concept of “good” or “bad” parenting.  

The ultimate goal of child therapy is to help both parents and children to create a connection and bond even stronger than the one they had when the process began.   This type of connection is accomplished through exploring and understanding each individual’s personality, strengths and core sense of self.

The Therapy Process

The First Step

Consider these questions:

  • Has your child talked about problems they're experiencing?
  • Have you tried different things to help your child, but nothing seems to work?
  • Is your child very resistant about going to school, or refuses to go frequently?
  • Has there been a recent change in the home environment?
  • Have you noticed a decrease in your child's ability to cope with certain situations?
  • Has your child been diagnosed with an Anxiety Disorder; Autism Spectrum Disorder; ADHD; Disruptive/Impulse-Control Disorder or Adjustment Disorder?
  • Do you have concerns regarding any behavioural, social or emotional problems that your child is demonstrating?

If you answered "yes" to any of these questions, then it may be time to make an appointment with a qualified professional to explore these situations in more detail.

The Next Step

What happens during the first meeting?

  • The initial appointment is for the parent(s) only, without the child present
  • All relevant information (including any diagnostic evaluations, teacher reports or formal assessments, if applicable) will be gathered
  • Some suggestions for various communication approaches with your child will be offered, to give you the opportunity to try them out at home
  • We determine if an individual appointment for the child would assist in accomplishing the treatment goals
  • Specific recommendations will be made as to how and when to talk to your child about the therapy process, if necessary
  • During the entire process, any and all questions are openly welcomed

Due to the nature of the therapy process and for confidentiality purposes, "free consultations" are not available.    During the first appointment, the process begins with a collaborative approach for creating positive changes.

Core Treatment Values

Collaborative Approach
Working in partnership with parents and children, using the Systems Model of Psychotherapy
Child-Friendly Environment
Therapy office has a child friendly play-room with various crafts, toys, board games and art supplies
Empathy and Respect
Each child is respected as an individual, while ensuring that the therapy experience is casual and entertaining