Child and Family Counselling
Call or Text: 250-550-1101
M.Ed., CCC, RSW
Jennifer has worked with children, youth and families since 2004. She practices Holistic Expressive Therapy, CBT, EMDR, EFFT, Family systems 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 supports the processing of events and emotions, allows mindset growth and new skills. Through play, children are able to emotionally, physically and cognitively process events.
These approaches are highly effective with Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD), trauma, Autism Spectrum Disorder, anxiety, depression, behavioural concerns, chronic pain and sleeping issues.
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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.
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.
Gary Landreth and Sue Breton put it best.
"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."
Parenting is never easy, it is often a lot of trial and error and no one is perfect at it!
A parenting framework was created when you were young, experiencing parenting through your parents guidance or lack of guidance and care or lack of care.
These experiences further develop from a range of experiences as a new parent sorts out forms their own parenting strategies. This is not an easy task to navigate along with your child's changing development. There is a lot to manage and understand.
Parent coaching is used to gain insight and support on your priorities in parenting. A typical parent coaching sessions can range from debriefing events and relationships without judgement, connecting with yourself and or your family, or gaining parenting skills.
Jennifer's uses a connected/conscious/attachment based parenting approach. She supports positive relationship building skills with parents within themselves, their children and or youth.