Individual therapy provides a supportive, attunded relationship between you and your therapist, where you can express your inner experience. These meetings are confidential, and the focus is on working with you to acheive your goals.
Through play therapy, a child is given psychological distance from their problems, allowing them safety to express their thoughts and feelings, process their current struggles, experiment with different roles and endings, and learn emotional regulation and problem solving skills. In order to accomplish this, the therapist may introduce the child to various modalities including; storytelling, puppets, dramatic play, music, dance, sand play, art, board games, and sensory play (Axline, 1947; Carmichael, 2006; Landreth, 2002).
Therapeutic Support Counsellor
A Therapeutic Support Counsellor (TSC) is a trauma-informed professional trained in many different therapeutic approaches to work with children, youth, and families in home, in the community, and in office. This work is completed under the supervision of a Registered Psychologist.
The role of the TSC is to connect with the child or youth providing therapeutic life-space and community-based interventions. The TSC will also work with the child, youth, and/or family to ground in to and connect with their individual strengths and resources. The goal of these interventions is to begin to increase self-efficacy, building emotional regulation skills, and find the roots of anxiety and depression.
TSCs are also able to work with parents and caregivers to bring information and hands-on support, with regard to therapeutic, relational parenting and being a co-regulator for their child or youth. These supports, resources, and teachings will help to reduce the need for the TSC as the caregiver and child or youth build their abilities, connection, and confidence.
Although this support is therapeutic it is not therapy.
Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR) is an innovative clinical treatment that utilizes the natural healing ability of your body. It has been proven to effectively treat a wide range of mental health problems including; PTSD, anxiety and panic attacks, depression, anger, phobias, sleep problem, grief and loss, addictions, pain, and, feelings of worthlessness/low self-esteem
Finding time to schedule and attend therapy appointments can be incredibly difficult for busy professionals and families. Virtual therapy sessions can help to allow for easier access to mental health services. All Virtual tools contain strong privacy safeguards to protect your information.
Virtual Play Therapy
A tool that we often utilize in play therapy is therapeutic storytelling and role playing. We have come with a way to use these same skills to creatively engage children and youth using virtual therapy. In order for children and youth to engage in this virtual therapy, all that is required is a tablet or computer connected to the internet, some paper, drawing and colouring tools, and a 6-sided die (if possible).
This therapeutic tool can be used to build self-esteem, increase emotional regulation and emotional tolerance, increase problem solving and conflict resolution skills, and increase flexibility in thinking.
The role of the therapist will be to create a world, characters, and scenarios that are 100% catered towards the therapeutic goals of the child or youth, as well as to support the ‘player’ to overcome the hardships in the story and experience success.
Virtual Play Therapy Groups
Groups would use the same format as virtual play therapy for individuals. The group format allows for increased benefits including; build self-esteem, increase emotional regulation and emotional tolerance, increase problem solving and conflict resolution skills, increase flexibility in thinking, increasing social skills, collaboration, cooperation, and compromising skills.
Therapeutic groups will be created to ensure group members are within the same age range and working towards similar therapeutic goals.
Couples and Family Therapy
The most important relationships in our lives are those we have with our partners and families, yet they can also be the source of stress and conflict. Couples and family therapy can assist in addressing issues related to communication, boundaries and conflict resolution.