Child and Therapist

CHILD SPECIALIST

Children internalize and externalize their experiences with relationships and life events differently than adults, requiring child specialists to use a more tailored and unique approach. Through the use of art and play therapy, children can learn to express their thoughts, feelings, and experiences in a developmentally appropriate manner. Through a gentle, non-intrusive, and forward-oriented process, children can learn to increase their emotional awareness and social responsiveness. 


While the challenges children and youth experience can vary, it is important to note that children and youth see the world from another perspective and face many challenges for the first time. In this process, children often develop difficulty in learning to cope with the ongoing challenges that may occur. Therefore, child specialists focus exclusively on the children, meeting with them, and allowing them to share their stories. 


Influences for Child Therapy


Emotional Symptoms


  • Overwhelming fears of things that are normally not seen as scary;

  • Lack of appetite;

  • Regressing to a younger state;

  • Difficulty concentrating; 

  • Trouble performing in school;

  • Mood changes;

  • Behavioural changes;

  • Anxiety;

  • Depression; and/or,

  • Acting withdrawn and/or uninterested.


Physical Symptoms


  • Nightmares; 

  • Lack of concentration; 

  • Headaches;

  • Frequent stomach aches; 

  • Self-harming behaviours; 

  • Difficulty sleeping; and/or,

  • Substance use. 


Is it Time to Make a Change?


If you begin to notice that your child or youth is exhibiting some of the above symptoms or you are noticing that their day-to-day functioning is impacted, then it may be time to seek some support. Through a thorough assessment, a child specialist can support your children or youth by identifying their needs and concerns. As well, parents can also receive support, developing the tools and education to support their children or youth moving forward. If you are interested in learning more, please reach out to our team.

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