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SERVICES FOR FAMILIES

THERAPEUTIC SERVICES

  • Individual therapy and skills training for children and adolescents including child therapy, child counselling, adolescent therapy, adolescent counselling
  • Parent education and parenting skills training
  • Family therapy, family counselling
  • Filial therapy (parent-child relationship), working with parent and child including attachment-based therapy
  • Play therapy, expressive play therapy
  • Adolescent addiction counselling
  • Consultation and advocacy with schools, MCFD and other community members.
  • Assisting families with referral to appropriate services including child psychiatrists for psychiatric assessment and medication management, occupational therapists for OT sensory integration assessment and treatment, registered psychologists for psychoeducational testing and psychological assessment.

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CLINICAL COMPETENCIES

Christopher has significant experience and expertise in a number of clinical areas including diagnostic assessment, mood and anxiety, attention deficit hyperactivity disorders, oppositional and conduct-disorder behaviour, addiction, fetal alcohol spectrum disorders, autism spectrum disorders, trauma and abuse, school issues, family issues, attachment, parenting and parent-child relationship issues.

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WHY PLAY THERAPY

Play is critical to healthy child development. Play provides a child with the opportunity to learn and practice essential life skills that are necessary for life success including problem solving, conflict-resolution, leadership, social skills and emotional regulation. Play is a child’s natural way of learning about the world and expressing themselves.

Children can often find it hard to talk about what is going on inside of them or may not be consciously aware. Play therapy allows a child to bypass defensiveness by using play to communicate their internal world and to work through difficult issues in a safe environment created by a skilled play therapist. Play therapy is often the most effective way to assist a child in understanding and expressing their feelings, developing problem-solving skills, reducing problem behaviour, overcoming trauma or abuse, and increasing self-confidence and self-esteem. Play therapy is a theoretically-based and evidence-based therapeutic child intervention. It provides a corrective emotional experience necessary for healing and healthy child development.

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WHY FAMILY THERAPY

Children’s issues do not occur in isolation, they occur within the context of their environments, mostly home and school. Family relationships and interactions often impact the presence and maintenance of child issues. As such, to best understand a child and their presenting issues and thus how to help them, it is important to understand the child in context of the family. Often engaging family members in a child’s therapeutic process will lead to much faster resolution of presenting issues and enhancement of the family.

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WHY FILIAL THERAPY

Parent-child attachment is critical to a child’s healthy development. Personality characteristics critical to life success are developed through healthy attachment. Emotional regulation, executive functioning, critical thinking are all dependent on healthy attachment. Often the behavioural issues that children present with are most effectively resolved by involving parents in a child’s therapeutic process and strengthening the parent-child attachment. Filial Therapy is an evidence-based short-term intervention that is cost-effective in facilitating positive and long-lasting child and family change.

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