What types of issues do you treat?
We help children with a range of emotional and behavioural difficulties. Some common issues include:
- Stress and Anxiety (Generalized Anxiety, Phobias, Panic, Separation Anxiety, Social Anxiety)
- Selective Mutism
- Obsessive Compulsive Disorder
- School refusal
- Depression or low mood
- Difficulties with attention (ADHD)
- Parent-child or parent-teen conflict
- Parenting education and support
- Tic Disorder, Trichotillomania (hair pulling)
- Traumatic life events
- Social/relationship problems with peers
- Self-harming behaviour
What can I expect at the first session?
We may choose to meet with you and your child in the first session, or we may choose to meet with parents only during the first session. Depending on the circumstance, we may recommend continuing to meet with parents only or we may meet with your child the second session. During the first appointment, we want to get to know you and/or your child. In this session, we ask you to provide necessary information to help us to identify the problem and determine the most effective course of action (therapy plan and goals). We ask you to describe your current concerns, share background information, and tell us about your child’s/family’s strengths. We may ask you to complete paperwork as part of this assessment process. We work with you to establish confidentiality, an essential ingredient in the therapeutic relationship. Often the first couple of sessions involve a “warm-up” period for your child/teen, before they feel comfortable working with us.
How many sessions will we need?
The number of sessions will depend on the type and severity of the problem. Following initial assessment, our therapists will be able to give you a rough idea of how many sessions may be required. Through on-going consultation with parents, we will update you on your child’s progress in reaching their counselling goals.
What forms of payment do you accept?
Currently we accept cash or cheque. Payment is due at the end of each session, unless you have made other arrangements.
How do I get started? Do I need a referral to LEAP Clinic?
No referral is needed. You can contact us directly. Following a brief phone consultation, if our services are appropriate for your needs, you can book an appointment to get started.
Referrals from other sources (school staff, physicians, other clinicians, etc.) are welcome to contact us at our firstname.lastname@example.org and provide your contact details.
How long are sessions?
Sessions are typically 50 minutes long. Sessions are usually scheduled once each week.
Are fees covered by insurance?
Many extended health insurance plans will provide some coverage for psychological services. Consult your provider for details. In addition, psychological fees not covered by insurance are a tax deductible medical expense.
Do you offer workshops?
LEAP Clinic offers workshops for parents and education professionals on a variety of topics related to developing competency and resiliency in children and youth. We provide education on key child and teen concerns (e.g., anxiety, social-emotional skills, resilience) and teach parents and teachers how to use effective evidence-based approaches (primarily Cognitive Behaviour Therapy-CBT), to help children at home and in the classroom. Workshop participants take away the tools and knowledge needed to help children manage their anxiety, gain confidence and self-esteem, and learn how to thrive.
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