LEAP Clinic is now providing telephone and video counselling. Please speak to your therapist or indicate on intake that you are interested in phone or online sessions. Thank you.

Our Approach 

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 an approach that focuses on helping people understand how thoughts, feelings, and behaviours are all connected.

CBT empowers children and parents by teaching coping strategies to manage present challenges in a more effective and healthy way. This may involve learning more about how the brain and body work, recognizing and accepting feelings, understanding what behaviours might be trying to communicate or achieve, learning ways to ride out or cope with uncomfortable physical symptoms (e.g. relaxation skills), paying attention to our thoughts and interpretations, and collaborating on an action plan to try out new brave 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.