Most commonly, our professionally trained counsellors see children that are 3 1/2 years and older as this is the stage when children are verbal and can focus their attention for at least 30 minutes. On occasion, our counsellors have served children as young as 2 years of age, but most often in response to trauma, or at the request of pediatricians or other professionals and specialists.
Children are seen alone and counsellors conduct some form of play therapy of which there are more than twenty varieties. Children may also be seen with one or more parent, with a sibling, or in a family setting. With latency aged children, counsellors use various models, such as Cognitive Behaviour Therapy, narrative or solution-focused therapy. Art is often incorporated as well. When dealing with anger, depression and anxiety, counsellors often utilize handouts and therapeutic stories. Our offices are well equipped with play materials, art supplies, doll houses, puppets, a sand tray and building toys.
Counselling groups are also available for adolescents.