Child Counselling: Play Based Therapy:
Play has been proven to be the way in which children communicate. Using play-based therapy to help children navigate through difficult situations, helps ease the therapeutic process. Therapeutic play can provide children with a safe environment to process difficult situations, express thoughts and feelings, learn healthy ways of coping, regulate their emotions and discover positive problem solving skills. Using a child-centered play approach, children become the director of their healing, giving them the choice and freedom to express any fears or wishes they might have. Both directive and non-directive play are used in play-based therapy to help support the child’s healing journey. Play-based therapy is an effective modality for all children with mental health struggles. It can be particularly helpful for children who have been witness to, or a victim of, domestic violence, sexual assault, physical and/or emotional abuse and high-conflict parental separation. It is also a useful approach for children who have experienced grief or loss, or have been a part of the foster care system.
Parents and guardians are an integral part of the child’s therapeutic journey. As the main caregiver, you will be encouraged to support the child’s healing with recommendations from your therapist. Working with your child’s therapist in building goals for counselling, implementing strategies at home, and providing feedback about the process, creates the most successful healing environment.
Adolescent & Youth Therapy:
Adolescents and youth today struggle with pressures in society that many adults today, may never have had to navigate. In working with adolescence, it is crucial that their voices be heard and they find a therapist whom they can truly connect with. At an age that is so impressionable, finding ones’ true self and their path can be challenging. It is important that they feel empowered to make their own decisions with the support and guidance of a positive connection. It is important that youth be given the opportunity to understand their rights and learn positive ways to navigate them. Some of the common mental health issues and illnesses in working with youth, involve managing anxiety, mood disorders, self-regulation, eating disorders, self-harm and suicidal thoughts. Work with youth and adolescence often involves increasing healthy coping skills, self-regulation, developing positive internal beliefs, managing peer relationships and intimate relationships. It is always encouraged that parents and caregivers work with the youth and their therapist to empower them to make healthy decisions and manage their overall mental wellness.