PARENT-CHILD RELATIONSHIP STRENGTHENING
With the therapist’s guidance, parent and child play sessions are used to help parents see the world through their child’s eyes. From this a parent is able to gain a better understanding of their child thus responding more effectively to their child’s feelings and behaviors, building and maintaining a strong parent-child connection.
UNDERSTANDING AND WORKING WITH CHILDHOOD ANXIETY
Anxiety can show itself in the form of physical complaints such as stomach aches and headaches, as well as behavioral challenges such as resistance, defiance and tantrums. A family approach is used in working with childhood anxiety. Children are seen individually using cognitive behavioral therapy to gain an understanding of how their worries work and develop tools to fight back. Parents as well are seen so that they gain a better understanding of how anxiety works, what are some unhelpful and helpful responses to their child’s worries as well as becoming aware of the tools used to effectively manage it.
Child Focused Expressive Therapy uses play and art as a way for the children to express their emotions in a non-threatening way as well as gain a sense of mastery over some of the things that may be troubling them.
Cognitive Behavioral Therapy may be used to help children learn systematically how thoughts, feelings and behaviour all work together.
UNDERSTANDING AND DEALING WITH CHALLENGING CHILD BEHAVIORS
Challenging child behaviours are explored through a family focused approach, considering child characteristics, parent-child interactions as well as environment. Through this approach parents will gain a better understanding of the challenging behaviours and learn to respond in more effective and helpful ways.