Healing Pain with Love

The title of this post is, Healing Pain with Love. It seems odd that a psychotherapist would suggest that love is an intervention for addressing grief and loss, anger, incarceration, violence, trauma, disease and illness and other forms of pain that brings thousands of people to counselling every day. Researchers have spent centuries searching for answers to address these experiences that pull a strain on our mental and emotional wellness, and create a plethora of unpleasant and unhelpful pain. So brace yourself for the hardest simplicity approach to healing. This year, started… Read More

Empowering Superhero Children

In 2020, the entire world experienced a period of social distancing and quarantine due to COVID-19, a novel coronovirus that impacted every country on this planet! In 10 years, the history books will talk about this novel experience that this generation lived through, and our children participated in. Schools are closed. Recreational activities have shut down. Events and venues are suspended. Birthday celebrations and vacations are placed on hold. Parks and child play centers now considered unsafe, and marked with yellow tape. While we are in the moment, the novel experience is… Read More

Coping with social distancing

We have the answers for you. The Centre for Addiction and Mental Health (CAMH) has put together a COVID-19 resource page for individuals seeking mental health support to manage the crisis.  If you have a prior experience with trauma, often feel anxious on a regular basis, and struggle with managing stress, it is expected that this experience may place a strain on your coping skills. Sigh of Relief.  We will get through this together. And just like that, we were home… Many of us may not have anticipated, or considered that this… Read More

Parenting Resources: Articles & Websites for Parents

The following list are collected websites and articles for parents providing key tips and resources on parenting, building resiliency with young people, and addressing challenges in youth. Click on a topic for more information below: Mental Health Services Support for Parents, Children, Youth & Adults… BC Children’s Hospital provides a Mental Health Resource site for youth, adults and parents: Kelty Mental Health Resource Centre Children with Special Needs: Neuroimaging and Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders, article published by researchers Addressing bullying… Cliques and Put-Downs in Elementary Schools addresses the impact of “cliques” for… Read More

Anxiety & Teenagers

by: Helen Gibbs MSW (c), M.A. CYS Writing exams, moving to a new school, or a job interview are some examples of events that may cause your teenager to be nervous, moody and/or withdrawn.  In those situations, those types of reactions would likely be expected and your teenager often “bounces” back once the stressful event is over.  However, nowadays more and more teenagers are experiencing frequent or daily feelings of anxiety that are impacting on their activities at school, at home, and in the community.  The Centre for Addiction and Mental Health… Read More

Brain Development & Stress

Our brain development begins shortly after conception and continues into our 20s.

Autism in Girls

As a child play therapist…working with   children is the BEST part of my job.  Children are always eager to change, to grow and learn… they are insightful, witty, creative, funny, imaginative and curious about themselves and their world.  Over the past twenty years I have worked with many amazing girls, who appear show symptoms in relation to Autism. Autism is a diagnosis listed in the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual, Volume 5.  According to the DSM, Autism CRITERIA is important in understanding specific behaviors and experiences for children.  While the criteria is not… Read More

Discussions in Divorce: Making the Decision to Change your family structure

Many parents struggle with deciding the best course of action to end their relationship, while maintaining a relationship with their children.  This can be a difficult time because divorce is not easy…. duh, and break-ups are usually not designed to go well.  As a parent, your main responsibility is your children, and you have a duty to ensure their lives are well supported during this time. You have a decision to make…. If the relationship with your partner is unhealthy… Your children see abuse from yourself or your partner. If your children… Read More

Supporting your children through divorce

At any age, divorce can be extremely difficult for children to cope with and manage.  Parents play an integral role in helping children heal from their experience of grief of the changes in their family, loss of the other primary parent in their lives, conflict between two people they love immensely, and healing from the experiences pre- and post separation. Invest in seeking resources which may help you to access tools and strategies to supporting moving forward.  Separation and divorce does not have to be difficult, and by working together, reducing egos,… Read More

Ajax Office

  Play therapy is a method of addressing as well as responding to mental health within children. Through play children are able to reveal their feelings and emotions by doing what they know best, play. Through this expanded office it holds the supplies for suitable and effective intervention for children’s mental health. The room contains various games and activities that will help the child learn more about themselves as well as teach them things such as how to recognize how they are feeling and how to cope with those emotions. The office… Read More