YOUTH & YOUNG ADULTS

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Services for Pre-teens, Teens and Young Adults

I support young people in their unique journeys of self-discovery, helping them to further develop 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, 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+ youth, particularly in the area of gender identity.   I have done research and training in this area and have experience supporting gender diverse youth 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 have provided counselling at Camp fYrefly.


Autism 

I have significant experience,  both personally and professionally, working with young people on the autism spectrum.  I have received training in a variety of approaches to autism work, however I lean towards a developmental, relationship-focused approach.


Approaches


In my work with youth, I draw on cognitive-behavioural, mindfulness, narrative and feminist approaches and often incorporate expressive arts and other activities into counselling sessions, taking the youth's individual interests and preferences into consideration.  


Areas worked with include: 

  • ADHD
  • Adoption
  • Anxiety
  • Autism / Asperger's Syndrome
  • Behavioral Issues
  • Depression
  • Developmental Disorders / Delays
  • Foster Care
  • Gender Identity (transgender, non-binary, two-spirit, intersex, questioning)
  • Grief
  • Peer/Family Relationships
  • School Issues
  • Self Esteem
  • Sexual Abuse
  • Sexual Orientation (gay, lesbian, bisexual, pansexual, asexual, questioning) 
  • Trauma and PTSD

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