INDIVIDUAL YOUTH COUNSELLING
Adolescence is a time of transition filled with all sorts of intense emotions. It is a period of growing, learning and socializing, not something to just get through. Everything seems new during this stage of life as young people reinvent themselves. Although this can be exciting and creative, it can also be challenging, confusing, stressful and anxiety-provoking.
It can also be difficult to manage the pressures and expectations of a fast-paced, demanding and ever-changing world. And because we are constantly overloaded with so much information, it's really hard to figure out what’s true and what isn’t.
If this sounds familiar, I am here to offer support. I offer individual counselling and psychotherapy to young people of all gender identities between the ages of 9 to 21.
Here are a couple of examples of parent support programs I offer in my practice:
Life As A Parent (Parent Group)
This 6-week group for all caregivers is designed to provide participants with support, guidance and strategies to help you as you navigate through parenting challenges. Topics for discussion include: the parent-child relationship, understanding the brain (caregiver’s & child’s), tips on how to “stay calm & carry on”, and how to spend positive, quality time with your kids.
After week 6, you will have:
The knowledge and tools to build a stronger parent-child relationship
Strategies on how to better communicate with your children
An understanding of the importance of attunement, spending quality time and free play with your child(ren)
Self-care techniques such as mindfulness and relaxation
Tools on how to cope with stress and stay calm in moments that are overwhelming
Information on the brain and an understanding of how brain reactivity influences relationships and behaviours
A peer support “group” to bounce ideas, express concerns, and rely on during difficult times
Landscapes of ANXIETY: Meeting Your Child Outside of A Diagnosis
(Half-Day Parent/ Caregiver Workshop)
Being a parent can be the most rewarding and challenging job you will have over your lifetime. Most parents want to raise children to be happy, independent and successful but worry that mental health struggles may get in the way. The goal of this workshop is to provide valuable information to support caregivers of children and adolescents who experience anxiety.
Topics will include: understanding anxiety types and causes, understanding how the mind and brain correlate, coping strategies for caregivers, and what caregivers can do to help.
I offer various training programs for helping professionals and teachers.
Here are a few examples:
Trauma, Attachment and Neurodevelopment 101 – The Basics
This workshop provides helping professionals and teachers with an understanding of how trauma and attachment injury impact the behavioural reactions of young people often identified as having so-called conduct problems. It will also shed light on ways to engage in the “dyadic dance” with this often-misunderstood population.
Putting Your Oxygen Mask on First: Learning to Create New Narratives through Practitioner Self-regulation
All helping practitioners have experienced moments where they have felt anxious, overwhelmed and unsafe at one time or another. Relational practice can be particularly challenging for those wounded healers who have daily encounters with children and youth who, because of their developmental trauma, display aggressive or other dysregulated behaviours. Past traumatic experiences of practitioners can trick our brains into misreading situations and creating false or unhelpful narratives about what is going on. Unfortunately, this misunderstanding, that can often lead to reactions on the part of the practitioners, can have damaging effects on the therapeutic relationship as well as on the healing that is hoped for within the person before them. As practitioners learn more about how their brains react in threatening situations, they can practice recognizing their stress warning signals in order to calm themselves enough to sensitively attune to and respond to the person they are with.
This workshop will provide participants with an understanding of how trauma, attachment and neurodevelopment impacts behaviours. It will also explore the concepts of self-regulation and co-regulation and demonstrate how they can enhance the relational work of practitioners.
I am a certified trainer in The Purposeful Use of Daily Life Events (DLE) and can deliver it as part of my practice.
The Purposeful Use of Daily Life Events, commonly referred to as dle , is designed to help direct care practitioners become more effective in daily interactions with young people and families. Through a focus on everyday events and how these events connect to the overall goals established with young people and/or families, the direct care practitioner adopts a more pro-active approach in her/his interventions. dle offers the potential to make every moment with young people and families more meaningful.
The knowledge in this course is based on helping young people to live their lives differently, as they are living it. It promotes being in-the-moment with individuals and experiencing their lives with them as it unfolds. The course provides knowledge and skills for a strengths-based, child-centred and child-led approach. Participants will develop skills that assist them to focus on small important moments and experiences of young people and/or families.
Whether one is involved with youths and families in a group care programme, schools, community settings, family homes or any other program in which the helper is involved in the daily life of others, dle offers both skills in making interventions and a framework for ‘thinking about what we are doing’. Too often, training for direct care helpers offer techniques, but not a framework for thinking systematically about one’s actions and interactions. When we think clearly, we do better work.
The Purposeful Use of Daily Life Events is a training of
TransformAction International ©.
I specialize in supervising practitioners who are working with children, youth and families. I meet CRPO’s criteria for demonstrating competence in providing clinical supervision.