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January 22nd, 2021

Types of Therapy For Children & Youth

Child Therapy

Child and youth therapy consists of a variety of therapy tools used to create an individualized approach dependent on the developmental stage. Recognizing that each individual child is at their own developmental stage is key in providing care.

Sessions often work collaboratively with the parent(s) but can also work with the child independently.

Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT)

CBT is a type of structured talk therapy often used to address emotional challenges, identify negative thinking patterns, or better manage life changes. CBT is a common tool for child and youth therapy especially for supporting anxiety, depression, and PTSD.

Dialectical Behavioural Therapy (DBT)

Dialectical Behavioural Therapy (DBT) combines the core principles of Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) and mindfulness.

Mindfulness Practice

Mindfulness practice can help children pay attention to the present moment. Resulting in increased happiness while teaching children the skills to self-regulate, manage stress, and anxiety.

Motivational Interviewing

Motivational interviewing helps children and youth find their inner motivation to start making healthier choices. Our practitioners take a collaborative, conversation-style approach to the process to gently guide their patients towards behavioural changes.

Narrative Therapy

This model is built on listening to children retell stories about people and problems in their lives, communicated through artwork, conversations, or written communication. This process helps children bridge meaning, heal, develop, and explore their attitude, identity, and behaviours.

Play Therapy

Can be a vital tool in connecting with young children. Sessions can incorporate play art, drama, movement, music and yoga.

Meet Shannon Burton, MSW RSW

Shannon Burton is a Registered Social Worker who has dedicated her practice to working with children, youth, and their families. Her extensive background in Child Therapy includes working as a Toronto-based school counsellor and working in hospital settings providing counselling as a social worker. Shannon has taken a number of post-graduate courses to best support each developmental age.

Meet Amanda Kurgatnikov, MSW RSW

Amanda Kurgatnikov is a Registered Social Worker. In addition to her work supporting adults, Amanda also works with youth and teens. Her experience includes supporting youth and teens with anxiety, depression, mood disorders, emotional dysregulation, ADHD, bullying, and more . 

Meet James Vickers, MSW RSW

James Vickers is a Registered Social Worker who supports children, teens, and adults. He has experience supporting children and teens with ADHD, anger, emotional dysregulation, trauma, anxiety, depression, substance abuse, and mood disorders. James has particular experience working with families going through divorce and custody situations. Depending on the situation James offers individual counselling for the child/youth, parenting counselling, and counselling for families.

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