Children & Youth

In this modern society, children and adolescents are faced with many complex challenges on social and emotional levels.  It can be difficult for young people to navigate the pressures of school and social interactions.  Often times, negative behavior and coping methods manifest simply because the child does not have the skills to self-regulate and approach situations from a place of empowerment and self-knowledge. Journeys of Life Counselling Services offers counselling for children and youth.

 

Children

There are times when a younger child would also benefit from seeing a therapist individually.   This would be determined during initial meetings with parents and an assessment of the presenting concerns, the child, and the family situation.  During the treatment, parents are expected to continue to be involved with the therapy by meeting with me regularly and, at times, following up on “assignments” at home. Please note that there will be times when I will make referrals to other specialists and community resources.  In addition, I will need parental consent for counselling; if one of the parents refuses consent, then I will not be able to proceed with counselling.

Adolescents/Teens

Being a teenager is hard!

Not only is your body changing but your brain is too.  In fact, recent scientific research has shown that teenage brains go through a process of complete re-wiring which doesn’t stop until your early to mid-twenties!  And while this is happening, somehow you are expected to do well in everything, make the right choices when you are allowed to, and live with other people’s rules and expectations on a daily basis.

 

Therapy can be a place to vent and to learn a little more about yourself.  It can be helpful to hear that many teenagers struggle with similar feelings and dilemmas.   Together we can also figure out some tools and ideas to better cope with some of the pressures you may be feeling.

 

In my practice, as a therapist in Fort McMurray, I am aware of the importance of family involvement in the therapy process. Many times, it is necessary for family involvement in order to obtain the results we all agree on during the assessment and treatment planning process.  What we talk about in individual therapy sessions remains confidential (in other words between us), except for a very few exceptions.  There may also be times when it helps to meet with you and your parent/s together, even if it’s just for a session or two.  Often parents and teens find themselves having the same fights again and again, or blowing up at each other even though they really don’t want to.  I can help you reconnect and understand each other better, which usually leads to less arguing, stronger relationships, and a much more peaceful house!

 

Give me a call and let us discuss what your needs are and how I can help you. 

HOW COUNSELLING WORKS:

  • You as the parent(s)/ guardian(s) come in;
  • We go over introductions;
  • You complete the Statement of Understanding;
  • You sign the Parent Consent Form;
  • We go over the Confidentiality Agreement;
  • We discuss the counselling format e.g. counselling time and format for younger children will be adjusted according to the age group;
  • Then I would like to hear from you as the parent your concerns regarding your child.
  • After you have all presented your issue, then we work together to identify a mutual goal for counselling.
  • I will meet the child in the second session, conduct an assessment of the child;
  • I will meet with the parents the second half of the session to discuss the next steps.