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Therapeutic Approach

I am committed to entering into a collaborative therapeutic relationship with you and your child that enhances healing and growth.

I use cognitive behavioural therapy and art and play therapy in my interactions with you and your child. The essential goals of these approaches are to:

• Foster your child’s social, emotional and psychological development.
• Help your child express his or her feelings, develop social and learning skills, acquire coping mechanisms and discover how to work through his or her challenges.
• Enhance the relationship you have with your child.
• Offer a friendly, safe and empowering environment where your entire family can grow and improve the way it functions.

Art and Play Therapy

This is a structural, theoretically-based approach that builds on the natural ways in which children communicate. I use this therapy to assist children in expressing their emotions, which allows them to explore possible solutions to their problems.

Play and art therapy helps children:

• Learn creative solutions and healthy strategies to cope with challenges, which they can use in their daily life
• Enhance their empathy for others
• Develop a bond between a therapist and the child, which encourages healing
• Offers children a scaffolding upon which they can discover ways to build positive relationships with their family, peers and community
• Grow their confidence in handling interpersonal relationships
If you’d like to learn more about play therapy, I recommend reading “Play Therapy Makes a Difference”.

This method is equally effective for adults.

Cognitive – Behavioural Therapy

This is a research-based counseling approach that helps children and adults examine the connections between their thoughts, feelings and behaviours.

Cognitive-behavioural therapy helps children and adults:

• Learn skills to help them relax, such as deep breathing or meditation
• Improve their sense of confidence
• Place barriers around negative thoughts
• Boost their participation in positive activities
• Gradually expose themselves to situations where they can manage their fears or anxieties
• Chart and monitor their progress, using modern technologies like apps

For more information about cognitive-behavioural therapy, visit Here to Help BC