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Jennifer Povoledo
 M.Ed., CCC, RSW
Jennifer has worked with children, youth and families since 2004. She practices Holistic Expressive Therapy, CBT, EMDR, and Play therapy. Her clinical practice includes working with individuals and families facing anxiety, depression, suicidal ideation, grief and loss, abuse, trauma, Autism Spectrum Disorder, separation and divorce, and behavioural concerns. Jennifer is also experienced in care planning, assisting in IEP planning, intervening in crises and providing psycho-educational programming.
How does Play Therapy work?
About Child and Family Counselling
Sessions with your child may involve cognitive, behavioural or expressive therapies. An expressive therapy session can include working with media selected by you or your child such as sand play, art, storytelling, writing, music, dress-up, puppetry, etc. Creative play in therapy helps children process events and emotions, allowing them to build new skills. Through play, children are able to emotionally, physically and cognitively process events.
This approach is highly effective with Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD), trauma, Autism Spectrum Disorder, anxiety, depression, behavioural concerns, chronic pain and sleeping

Monarch Child and Family Counselling is family-owned and operated right here in Summerland, British Columbia. 
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Play bridges the gap between concrete experience and abstract thought, and it is the symbolic function of play that is so important.

~Piaget (1962)

For children in a therapeutic setting, safety is extremely important and is built into every session. 
    Safety begins with a foundation of trust and respect that is foster in both the therapeutic relationship and therapy environment. Jennifer uses an established session format of beginning, middle and end which guides your child through his or her therapeutic journey.
    Typically, sessions begin with a check-in with the family and child on the presenting concerns. From here the session is customized to meet the child's current mindset, moving towards therapeutic interventions and skill building. This allows your child to ease into the therapy work. At the end of each session there is a closing ceremony. This is to produce a grounding effect for your child to leave the session calm and reassured of themselves. 
Safety in Sessions
Please be aware there are pets at Monarch. If you or your child have an allergy to animal hair/fur please advise the office to accommodate your need.
Gary Landreth and Sue Breton wrote.
    "The use of toys enables children to transfer anxieties, fears, fantasies, and guilt to objects rather than people. In the process, children are safe from their own feelings and reactions because play enables children to distance themselves from traumatic events and experiences."

Videos on Play Therapy:
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Canadian Association for Child and Play Therapy (CACPT):