I am a child play therapist and family therapist in North Vancouver. I believe the family is the most important influence on our lives. My goal is to make all homes the most loving and nurturing they can be.
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Using play, I help your child express what they can’t explain in words.
Filial Play Therapy
I teach you how to use play therapy with your child at home.
I teach you parenting tactics to cope with parenting struggles.
I offer family therapy to help your family heal collectively through issues.
Play Therapy Supervision
I help other therapists employ play therapy techniques in their work.
Take the collaborative, inclusive approach to family and child therapy
When you work with me as your child play therapist or family therapist in North Vancouver, you are not just dropping your child off for a session. You are always kept in the loop. I believe this is what makes the healing process go faster. It also can affect the whole family in a positive way. We work together to address your family’s emotional struggles. We also collaborate on the goals you want to achieve for your family’s emotional well being.
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Here is what to expect with my approach to child play therapy and family therapy:
Before we get started, we will have an initial intake session to understand your child’s needs and your parental concerns.
Together we will identify developmentally appropriate, concrete, and specific behavioural goals as related to your child’s challenging behaviours. These goals will describe the outcomes you want from therapy for your child. When these ideals are defined, we will come up with a treatment plan to meet those goals.
After each child therapy session, we will meet for 15 minutes to discuss the themes surrounding your child’s session. I will bring up important points for you to know, while not disclosing exact details, in order to protect the privacy of your child. (Please read more about the importance of confidentiality to therapy success here).
During these 15 minute consultations, you may be taught basic ways to help your child cope with emotional problems outside of therapy sessions.
After therapy sessions, we will also briefly discuss parenting issues you may be having. I’ll do my best to advise you in this regard with parenting coaching. I may also provide you with relevant information about the latest in brain science and child development research. It’s important, as a parent, to know what expectations should be of your child at certain ages. We want to ensure they are achieving a regulated nervous system in their day-to-day life. This will allow them maximum growth opportunities (in terms of steady maturation).
The aim with my approach to child therapy is that you will be empowered as parents and caregivers to trust your intuition and understanding about your child’s needs. I want you to trust the guidance of your inner wisdom. I am not here to ‘take over’ your role with your child. I’m here to help you and your child come closer together.
If you feel you need more in-depth support in terms of filial play therapy training, or parenting advice, we can arrange separate sessions to so. Sometimes I may recommend these, and other strategies, as a way to further help the healing process with your child as well.
Through this process, you’ll learn more about how to relate with your children. You’ll acquire parenting strategies to implement at home, and, I hope, will feel better about your own parenting skills and knowledge. Then, what may have been originally perceived as a ‘problem,’ will end up bringing growth and gains to your entire family on so many levels.
And remember, the simple act of bringing your child to therapy can send a positive signal to them that you care. When a child sees you taking steps to learn how to support them, that act in itself can kickstart and promote the progress you are looking for. My aim is to further make therapy a more-than-worthwhile investment for your family.