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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. This therapy tool is particularly helpful for those who have difficulty regulating their emotions.

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, and 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.

Psychotherapists at Ohana Wellness Clinic

Out extensive team of mental health clinicians include both Registered Social Workers and Registered Psychotherapists. Listed below are individual therapists who provide counselling for children and teens.

Meet Alina Philip, RP

Alina Philip is a Registered Psychotherapist who works with children, teens, and adults. Depending on the situation Alina offers individual counselling for the child/youth, parenting counselling, and/ or counselling for family. Her experience includes but is not limited to: anxiety, panic attacks, anger, chronic illness, self-esteem, emotional dysregulation, stress, relationship and family conflict, trauma, ADHD, and more. Alina uses a variety of approaches to best support her clients such as, EMDR, DBT, CBT, and mindfulness.

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.

Andrew Goldstein, MSW RSW

Andrew Goldstein is a Registered Social Worker who supports teens (15 years+) and adults. He supports teens facing life’s challenges, whether it is self-esteem, difficult relationships, depression, or anxiety. In his work, Andrew draws from modalities such as CBT, mindfulness, narrative therapy, internal family systems, and uses a strengths-based approach.

Find the Right Therapist and Approach

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