Counselling for Children
Through play, children show what they think and feel and how they make sense of the world they live in. It is their natural way of processing their experiences. Just as adults talk things out, children play things out. Since play is a natural means of expression for children, the most effective mode of therapy is play therapy.
Marie José provides a wide variety of carefully chosen play and expressive materials to help the child uncover behaviours and blocked feelings that have interfered with healthy emotional growth. Through this active expression, inner strengths are discovered that can help the child deal with past experiences and cope with present life situations in more beneficial ways.
- Abuse (emotional, physical, sexual)
- Accidents, illness and hospitalization
- Foster care and adoption
- Grief, loss and bereavement
What to Expect
After an initial meeting with the parents, and depending on the unique situation, therapy is conducted either with parent and child or with the child alone. Periodic meetings are set up with the caregivers to discuss progress and to help them support and enhance the child’s healing process.
The amount of therapy required varies with each child and depends on many factors including their age, the seriousness of the difficulties experienced, the degree of personal resilience and the amount of support available in their present living situation.
Counselling can be conducted in French or English, with follow-ups and ongoing support by phone as needed.