How youth can be supported
Children and adolescents have a natural capacity to succeed. However, sometimes they have sensitive temperaments or have faced adverse circumstances in their lives that have made it tougher for them to cope. Through support, youth can learn how to regulate their intense emotions and become resilient, successful kids!
Our team adopts a strengths-based and collaborative approach to treatment, which is grounded in evidence-based, research-informed principles and practices. Because all youth are unique and require individualized treatment, we draw from a range of diverse approaches and orientations to best meet their needs.
Our approach includes:
· Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT)
· Mindfulness-based practices
· Emotion-Focused Family Therapy (EFFT)
· Family systems
· Attachment-based framework
· Dialectal Behaviour Therapy (DBT)
· Solution-Focused Therapy
We engage in continual education, clinical training and consultation as part of our commitment to providing effective and well-researched services to the families we support.
Through individual or family therapy, we can help with a wide range of concerns, including:
· Anxiety (Social Anxiety, Separation Anxiety, Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD), Generalized Anxiety, Phobias)
· Depression, Self-harm and/or Low Self-worth
· Poor Emotion Regulation (Anger or Behavioural Issues)
· Parent-Child Conflict or Family Stress
· Developmental Trauma
· School Difficulties
· Relationship Difficulties
· Social Skills Deficits
· General Coping
How parents can be supported
Parents play an essential role in supporting a child's or adolescent’s development and well-being. Therefore, a systemic approach, where parents are active participants throughout treatment, is most effective and beneficial.
Often parents are included in therapy sessions, depending on the age of their youth. This allows parents to learn skills and strategies along side their youth in order to help generalize these new coping tools to the home environment. This also helps to strengthen the relationship between youth and parents, and assist in getting everyone on the same page.
Parent consultation can be a significant component of therapy. It helps parents gain a better understanding of what is underlying their youth’s behaviour and feel more confident in effecting change at home. Parents often find this incredibly valuable because it addresses their unique needs as a parent and empowers them to respond to their children from a more balanced, accepting and less reactive stance.
Mindful Parenting Groups are also offered to help parents gain greater awareness and acceptance of themselves and their children, while developing more balanced parenting strategies. Stay tuned for when the next group starts!