Below are counselling testimonials regarding my career in play therapy and parenting coaching.
“With her warm, genuine, and professional manner, Mary quickly developed a strong rapport with our daughter and was always sensitive to our needs as a family. We came away each week feeling understood and with practical ideas to try at home. Playtime sessions with Mary were always something to look forward to and provided support during a challenging time for us.”
Here’s a story shared by a parent:
“As a parent, it is difficult to see your child suffer, and feel that you do not have the skills to help them through their problems. When our son first started seeing Mary, his social anxiety was preventing him from enjoying activities that other 8 year olds participated in readily. Arriving at a birthday party, joining a new sports team, or sometimes even getting dropped off at school were enough to reduce him to tears – quiet tears that he would knuckle away, folding in on himself and refusing comfort.
From his first session with Mary, where he needed me in the room with him and didn’t speak, he has blossomed. Going to see Mary became a highlight in his week. He has become able to express himself, whether is he anxious, sad or angry, and is able to seek comfort from us when he needs help, or to let us know he needs space to work something out for himself. He has also developed an awareness of the struggles others are facing, and that when friends behave angrily or meanly it may be because they are dealing with emotions that are too big for them and that they don’t know what to do with, and he tells us he thinks these friends would benefit from seeing someone like Mary.
Observing our son in social groups now, you would never know that this smiling, laughing, jocular boy experienced anxiety; in fact, teachers and other parents have looked at us dumbfounded when we’ve said he’s been seeing a play therapist. Friends and family members have commented on what a drastic change they’ve seen in the fact that he now seeks out interaction with them.
We can’t thank Mary enough for helping our son develop tools to regulate his emotions. For our part, her skilled guidance during our weekly Skype meetings have been invaluable in helping us to implement strategies at home that have supported his growth, and has made us more thoughtful about our standard responses to the behaviour of all of our kids.”
“Any child or family lucky enough to get to work with Mary won’t be disappointed. Mary’s dedication to helping children and her passion for doing so is palpable. She understands children in ways that are a true gift to the families she works with. Mary has also been recognized as the first Certified Synergetic Play Therapist in Canada.”
-Lisa Dion, LPC, RPT-S
Founder of Synergetic Play Therapy
“Mary Yan is a gifted therapist whose dedication to her clients is unparalleled. She bridges experience and cutting edge neuropsychological principles with compassion to achieve results.”
-Kathryn Clarke, LPC, RPT-S
Registered Play Therapy Supervisor
“Based on her professional knowledge and intuition, Mary’s presentations for our Parenting Teens program were always well planned. Her demonstration of daily family issues through role play were exceptional effective for participants to become aware of their own strengths and weaknesses as parents. She suggested different tools that were effective and practical for working with teenage children in different situations. Mary’s strategic facilitation skills guided participants to become self-reflective and motivated them to explore empathy through listening and observation. As a result, her presentations have a significant impact on newcomer parents and families that attended the program.”