child & family counselling
We offer counselling services for children and youth (ages 0-19) for a range of issues including anxiety, depression, sexual abuse, bullying, school stress, suicidal thoughts, cutting, self-esteem, fire-setting behaviors, attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder, grief and loss, stress and coping, etc. We also work with children and youth who are being impacted by their parent’s separation, divorce, relationship abuse, or addictions.
Children often lack the words to express what they are feeling and may act out in ways that are concerning to their parents such as bed wetting, tantrums, nightmares, hyperactivity, social and emotional withdrawal, conflict with their peers.
Our experienced counsellors work with children and their parents, helping them build resilience by strengthening relationships and improving communication and problem-solving skills. Family counselling aims to improve overall functioning in the family belief system by promoting proactive strategies in stress management, coping mechanisms and the development of self-control techniques to promote positive behavior patterns. Family and child counselling aim to restore the wellbeing of the family as a unit.
Using age-appropriate methods such as play, art, and talk therapy, child and youth clients learn to communicate how they are feeling and find ways to relieve discomfort and worried thoughts with the help of their counsellor and parents.
With our youngest client (0-6) parental involvement in the session is required as much of the therapeutic work is on attachment and parenting support. Children (7-13) may, at the discretion of the counsellor and comfort of the client and parents, work one-on-one with a counsellor however regular parent sessions will also be beneficial and required. Youth (age 14 and up) are generally in control of their own counselling process, determining what level of involvement their parents will have and what information will be shared between parents/counsellor.
*Please note that we do not work with children when there is an open custody and access case before the courts.