Cognitive Behaviour Therapy (CBT)

Cognitive behaviour therapy (CBT) is an evidenced- based treatment intervention for the management of mood-related issues like anxiety and depression. CBT is a practical, action-oriented approach that provides individuals with skills and techniques to manage their moods and symptoms more effectively. The structured approach of CBT teaches clients to work with their thoughts and behaviours in ways that help them manage their anxiety with more skill. Parents are often active parts of this treatment program and are taught the tools necessary for them to guide their teen or child outside of the treatment setting.

Parent Coaching and Family Therapy

Parent coaching and family therapy interventions are guided by a deep understanding of your child’s temperament, communication style and behaviour. Parent coaching is a model that empowers parents to use their knowledge, insight and family values as the foundation for shaping interactions in the family. This approach is supported by strategies that will enhance attunement, self- regulation, mood management and communication skills in your children.

Mindfulness Based Cognitive Therapy

MBCT (Mindfulness-Based Cognitive Therapy) is a treatment program for teens with anxiety and depression. This clinical intervention is informed by the evidenced based MBCT-C programs developed by Randye Semple and Jennifer Lee and the MBCT program created by Zindel Segal, Mark Williams and John Teasdale. This is an experiential, practice-oriented  treatment program that integrates elements of cognitive behaviour therapy and mindfulness as a way to help teens manage their moods more successfully. An integrative parenting component is also included to help teens practice these new skills in every day life.  MBCT-Teen programs are offered in both individual and group settings.

Mindful Parenting

This psycho-educational and practice-oriented program is designed to introduce parents to the principles and practices of mindful parenting with an emphasis on the unique challenges of raising a child or teen who is struggling to manage mood or behaviour. Treatment modules are influenced by the evidenced-based research of Larissa Duncan and J. Douglas Coatsworth and Mark Greenberg as well as Susan Bögels and Kathleen Restifo.

Mindful parenting is intended to enhance parental presence, increase attunement, and reduce parental stress and reactivity. This treatment program aims to improve emotional stability in parents, thereby providing them with a choice about how to navigate the unique challenges of raising a child with social and emotional difficulties.

Through interactive discussion and mindfulness practice exercises, parents in the program will begin to experience and learn:

Camp Preparation and Homesickness

Many children love the idea and experience of camp, but struggle to manage their fear of leaving home and spending time away. This short-term intervention is focussed on building skills and tools to manage children and teens’  anxiety about being away from home.