Approach to Counselling / Therapy

Our approaches rely heavily on input from you to guide us.  We operate from a client-centered philosophy.  This means, that we strive to utilize approaches that are a “fit” for your family and the goals you wish to achieve.  This also means, the direction our interventions take are based on your goals, not ours.  There are no hidden agendas, and we are constantly working towards what you want to achieve.

Our therapeutic approaches and interventions are effective and evidence-based.  This means, we only use interventions that have been proven through quality research.  Please feel free to click any of the therapeutic approaches links below to learn more about the evidence-based approaches we utilize on a regular basis.

Typically, families will book two intake and assessment sessions.  The first one is just for parents to attend.  This allows you to get to know your counselor before your child meets them.  This also allows you to speak freely while describing the problem and your goals.  During this session, the counsellor will ask a variety of questions to help them understand your child, their development, and the problem.  The second session will begin with your child meeting individually with the counselor.  This allows the counsellor to get to know them, and assess some of the concerns you presented.  During the second half of this session, the counsellor will present some treatment options, and together with you will develop a treatment plan.  This treatment plan will outline the interventions that will be used, and will provide some structure in regards to the number and frequency of sessions.

Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT)

We frequently utilize cognitive behavioural therapy with children and adolescents to address the following concerns: Depression, Anxiety, Phobias, School Refusal, Anger Management, Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD), Conduct related concerns (lying, stealing, aggression etc.)

Dialectical Behaviour Therapy (DBT)

We frequently utilize Dialectical Behaviour Therapy with children and adolescents to address the following concerns: Anxiety, Depression, Mood Lability (up and down mood), BiPolar Disorder, self-harming (cutting), binge eating, Anger, Suicidal Ideation, Explosive outbursts.

Behaviour Therapy

We frequently utilize Behaviour Therapy in children and adolescents to address the following concerns: Opposition, tantrums, defiance, sleep problems, eating concerns (children under 7), anger management, listening, property destruction, running away, aggression, rudeness, swearing, difficulties with homework & routines.

Social Skills Training

We frequently utilize Social Skills Training in children and teens to address the following concerns: bullying, social isolation, anger management, Aspergers/Autism, developmental disabilities, difficulty making & keeping friends, difficulty sharing, and more.

Collaborative Problem Solving

We frequently utilize CPS in children and teens to address the following concerns: explosive tantrums, inflexible thinking, difficulties with routines, low frustration tolerance, anger outbursts.

Expressive Arts Therapy (art, drama, play)

We frequently utilize expressive arts therapy to address the following concerns in children and adolescents: Trauma, abuse, self-esteem, difficulty expressing emotion, separation & divorce.

Family Therapy

We frequently utilize family therapy to address the following concerns in families, children and teens: Communication problems, behavior & discipline problems, disrespect, defiance and more.

In-Home Counselling

We frequently utilize in-home counseling to address the following concerns in families, children and teens: problematic behavior, anxiety, parent coaching.