Psychological Services for children, youth, and families

Our Approach

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It can be confusing and even frightening when your child is having difficulty at school, at home, or with friends. Sometimes professional help is recommended, but finding effective support can be an overwhelming task when there are so many options.

How do you know which therapy and what therapist is right for you and your child?

Our clinical team offers evidence-based practice, meaning that we use therapeutic interventions that have scientific evidence to support their effectiveness as treatments for specific clinical problems. We are committed to providing high quality care based on the best scientific evidence available.

The most commonly used evidence-based approach for the treatment of childhood psychological symptoms is Cognitive Behaviour Therapy (CBT). The efficacy of CBT has been demonstrated for a wide-range of symptoms in adults, adolescents, and children. CBT is a time-limited approach that focuses on helping people understand how their thoughts (cognitions) are directly connected to their feelings and behaviours.

CBT teaches clients new coping strategies (skills) to manage present challenges in a more useful and healthy way. This may involve educating your child and the family (psychoeducation), teaching relaxation skills, paying attention to ‘self-talk’ and developing more helpful ways of thinking, and trying out new behaviours.

All therapists in our clinic primarily use a CBT approach and are committed to staying current with the latest research to ensure the best care possible. We also integrate other well-researched therapeutic approaches (e.g., Mindfulness-based interventions, Interpersonal Psychotherapy, parent-child relationship or attachment-based interventions) into our work.