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Therapy Services

 

The type of therapy that each clinician provides is described in their biographies.  For the most part, we each provide a combination of Cognitive-Behavioural Therapy and Supportive Psychotherapy.  The specific issues related to providing therapy to children and families will be reviewed below.  If you have specific questions for any one of us, you can speak to us before starting therapy.  Bonita, our office manager, will put you in touch with the appropriate person to discuss therapy matters.

Working with children requires working with their parents in almost all cases. Our expectation is that parents (both if applicable) or caregivers attend the first appointment with all clients who are under 18 years of age. From that point forward, the service provider will determine when the parent(s) need to be invited again, but please be prepared to be involved. We coach parents of younger children a great deal, and often we need to hold family sessions with parents of older children.

We also work from what is called a “harm reduction model” when working with adolescent clients. This approach means that we tell parents information about their adolescent’s alcohol or drug use, sexual behaviour, and other potentially risky behaviours on a “need-to- know” basis that balances the adolescent client’s right to privacy with the parental right to protect one’s child. For example, we look for a pattern of behaviour rather than immediately breach the young person’s confidentiality after one incident of potentially harmful behaviour. This approach also applies when dealing with self-harm behaviour (that is not meant to be suicidal) and concerning eating behaviour. If you have more specific questions about our work with your child, please ask your service provider. 

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