CHILDREN

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Services for Children

I believe that all children have enormous potential, regardless of their circumstances.  I support children in developing their emotional, social and coping skills and self-esteem.  I work with a variety of concerns, including delays in development, struggles at school, feelings of anxiety or depression, behavioural issues, gender identity or expression, difficulties with attention, grief and loss, traumatic experiences, sexual abuse, and adjustment to foster care and adoption.  

 

Special Interests 


Gender Diversity

I am passionate about working with LGBTQ+ children, particularly in the area of gender identity.   I have done research and training in this area and have experience supporting gender diverse children both personally and professionally.  I am a member of WPATH (World Professional Association for Transgender Health) and have completed their foundations and child/adolescent courses.  I also provided counselling at Camp fYrefly for two years.


Autism 

I have significant experience,  both personally and professionally, working with children with disabilities, in particular with autism.  I have received training in a variety of approaches to autism work, however I lean towards a developmental, relationship-focused approach.

  

Approaches


I have experience and training in various types of play therapy including sand play therapy and nondirective play therapy.  While primarily attachment and relationship oriented, my work with children also draws on narrative, cognitive-behavioural, mindfulness, and expressive arts techniques.  I meet children where they are at developmentally, and draw on their individual interests and preferences.


Areas worked with include: 

  • ADHD
  • Adoption
  • Anxiety
  • Attachment
  • Autism / Asperger's Syndrome
  • Behavioral Issues
  • Depression
  • Developmental Disorders / Delays
  • Foster Care
  • Gender Identity & Expression
  • Grief
  • Peer/Family Relationships
  • School Issues
  • Selective Mutism
  • Self Esteem
  • Sexual Abuse
  • Sexuality
  • Trauma and PTSD

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