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Child and Youth Therapist

Shannon Burton

Registered Paediatric Social Worker

Shannon Burton, MSW RSW is a Registered Paediatric Social Worker. As a Child and Youth Therapist, Shannon solely focuses on challenges related to children, youth, and their families. She pulls from her experience as a school board social worker / counsellor, ER hospital paediatric social worker and community children’s mental health clinician / counsellor.

Shannon has devoted over the last 20 plus years of her learning and practice to the health and well-being of children and youth. Along with providing child therapy, Shannon provides counselling to parents seeking guidance, resources, and strategies for a number of parenting-related concerns.

Child Therapy

While “talk therapy” is highly effective when working with adults, it’s necessary to use creative outlets of communication when working with children. It’s imperative as a therapist to fully understand each developmental age.

Shannon as a Child and Youth Therapist uses a variety of therapy-related tools when working with children, such as music, drama, art, play, sand tray, movement, and yoga techniques. All of which are integrated into Cognitive Behavioural Therapy, Dialectical Behaviour Therapy, Narrative Therapy, Motivational Interviewing and Solution Focused models.

Shannon Provides Support For:

  • Anxiety
  • Depression
  • Family conflict
  • Attention/focus
  • Education system navigation
  • Health care system navigation (non-medical advice)
  • Parenting
  • Phobias
  • Life transitions
  • Stress
  • Self-esteem/self-worth
  • Trauma (historical)
  • Bereavement/grief/loss
  • New diagnosis
  • Chronic illness
  • Anger
  • Learning disabilities
  • Gender
  • Bullying
  • Attachment related challenges
  • And more

Navigating Education and Healthcare Systems

Each of these systems can be difficult and overwhelming for a parent to navigate. As a school and hospital social worker, Shannon is well-acquainted with the ins and outs of these two very complex systems. She understands first-hand the various policies and procedures that work to advocate for your child, helps parents access specialized needs, and provide multi-disciplinary support. Shannon provides consultation and specific advocacy services only.

About Shannon

This mother of two has been described as passionate, genuine, and energetic. Shannon continues to see the resiliency in the younger generations during challenging times. Her passion resides in helping children and youth feel heard, understood, and supported on their healing journey.

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