Bridget Veltri, CCLS, MSc, BA Certified Child Life Specialist (She/Her)

Bridget Veltri, CCLS, MSc, BA Certified Child Life Specialist (She/Her), B.A., MSc

Bridget is passionate about working with children and families through a strengths-based, play-based approach. She prioritizes the individual needs of each child and family to provide a dynamic and supportive environment for individuals facing challenges in their lives. Bridget operates through a lens of family-centred care, and prioritizes the importance of building strong therapeutic relationships with her clients and families.

Bridget is a Certified Child Life Specialist with a wide range of experience working with children, youth and families. She has a Bachelor’s degree in Child and Youth Studies from Brock University, and has obtained her Masters of Science in Child Life and Paediatric Psychosocial Care at McMaster University. She has completed two clinical internships at hospitals in both Edmonton, Alberta and Sydney, Nova Scotia. She brings with her a certification in children’s grief and bereavement counselling, Non-Violent Crisis Intervention training, and membership with the Association of Child Life Professionals.

Child Life Specialists are educated and clinically trained in the developmental impact of illness, injury, disability, grief, trauma, and distress. They help infants, children, and youth to cope with stress and uncertainty in their lives through developmentally and psychologically appropriate interventions. Child Life Specialists use evidence-based approaches to provide psychosocial support to individuals from 0-18 years of age. Treatment modalities include therapeutic play, preparation and education, emotional expression, art-based activities, children’s books, and other creative forums.

Bridget has worked in various professional settings with children, youth and families facing a range of psychosocial issues. For 8 years, she facilitated programming for children with learning disabilities and difficulties. She has experience supporting children who have an ill parent or caregiver, and children grieving from the death of a loved one. She specializes in helping families facing physical illness and diagnoses, coping difficulties, emotional dysregulation, learning disabilities, behavioural issues, self-esteem difficulties, physical disabilities, and stress.

Bridget is happy to discuss services with clients to determine if her support is suitable to your needs. She looks forward to connecting with children and families facing stressors in their lives, and aims to bring a presence of positivity, creativity, and enthusiasm to every encounter.