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Counselling in Welland and Niagara

We are very excited to announce the opening of our office in Welland, ON.  We will be providing counselling, psychology, and psychotherapy services for residents of the Niagara region, including St. Catharines, Niagara Falls, Thorold, Port Colbourn, and Font Hill.  Counselling for Niagara region includes counselling for: ADHD Depression Anxiety Problematic Behaviour and more. Contact…
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Your Child’s Self-Esteem

Your Child’s Self-Esteem By Lance Archer Ever wonder what goes on inside the mind of a child who seemingly lacks confidence, is highly self-critical, overly sensitive to correction and blunders, unforgiving of self, and is, overall, pessimistic about their abilities to excel?  Perhaps, in their minds, their way of thinking and feeling about themselves and…
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5 Temper Tantrum Taming Tips

In my practice I often see kids and teens who struggle to self-regulate their emotions.  This leads to kids who often experience tantrums, and meltdowns.  The following are 5 quick tips I provide to parents to help them manage and get through these explosive incidents:      Stay calm: Children who are emotionally dysregulated require…
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Mindfulness and Teens

Did you know that mindfulness techniques such as meditation could help regulate an adolescent’s emotions (Snyder et al., 2012)? Mindfulness-based strategies have become popular within the recent decade due to its promotion of psychological health, and more meaningful interpersonal relationships (Burke, 2010; Snyder et al., 2012). Studies have found that applying mindfulness meditation to adolescent…
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In-home services

Have you ever wished a child behaviour expert could visit your home, and help to change your child’s behaviour?  Our behaviour experts will gladly visit your home and help you change your child’s behaviour.  We can provide short or long term support, and even target specific challenges such as homework time, bedtime, or mornings.  In…
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Motivating your child with ADHD

Meghan is the director of Family Kinnections, an organization providing counselling and support to children and their families.  Meghan holds an M.A. in Counselling Psychology, and specializes in treating children who exhibit behavioural challenges, learning difficulties, and mental health concerns. “My child always takes the easy route”, “My child is fine with ‘good enough’”, “My…
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Calm Kids Relaxation Strategies

CALM KIDS: TEACHING CHILDREN TO RELAX & BE CALM By Elizabeth Tirovolas for Family Kinnections  Recently I spoke with a mother about how her son had been managing stress lately. “Well”, she said, “having to make time to do relaxation exercises at home is stressing us out!” Many families feel the pressures of today’s hurried,…
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Managing Temper Tantrums

[EDIT – We are working on some new blog posts about emotional regulation and additional strategies for managing tantrums.  These will include an exploration of “Time In” as well as “Collaborative Problem Solving” – Stay tuned for updated information! There are two kinds of temper tantrums:   Manipulative: This temper tantrum generally happens when children…
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Improving Structure to Improve Behaviour

Improve your child’s behaviour by improving structure in your home.  Structure and consistency are the foundation of positive parenting.  Structure provides your child with clear expectations and parameters in which to function.  When a child clearly knows what is expected of them, they are more likely to experience success.  Some children require more structure than others. …
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Have a Crisis Plan

Depression, anxiety, panic attacks, rage, cutting and suicidal urges and actions can all be the devastating effects of overwhelming emotions. If you are an individual who struggles with managing intense emotions, you might benefit from preparing a crisis plan for yourself. A crisis plan prepares you for effectively managing and overcoming the events that trigger…
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