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Family Consultation

At each stage of children’s growth, parent involvement is considered one of the most important factors in a child’s healthy development. Parent participation in a child’s therapy lead to better results in the therapy process and a decrease in the child’s emotional and behavioral problems.


Group Therapy

Group Therapy provides a safe and comfortable environment where people are encouraged to self-reflect. Group Therapy promotes healing, empowerment, and tolerance.


Play Therapy

Therapeutic play, (including play therapy) , is a well established discipline based upon a number of psychological theories. Research, both qualitative and quantitative shows that it is highly effective in many cases. Recent research by PTUK, an organisation affiliated to PTI, suggests that 71% of the children referred to play therapy will show a positive change. 


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Importance of Good Sleep for Children

Importance of good sleep routines for children



December 3, 2018



University of British Columbia



A new review of sleep research backs use of bedtime routines to promote healthy sleep for children.


What parents need to know about the signs of child sexual abuse

by Larissa Christensen, Nadine Mckillop And Susan Rayment-Mchugh, The Conversation

Significant changes in your child’s behaviour could signal they are being sexually abused. 

Recent events, including the conviction and sentencing of George Pell for sexually abusing two children in the 1990s and the documentary airing allegations about Michael Jackson's abuse of two young boys, have made prominent the topic of child sexual abuse. Many parents may be concerned about the safety of their child, and whether they are missing signs the child may be being groomed, or sexually abused.


Play Therapy and Children of Divorce

Divorce introduces a massive change into the life of Children no matter what their ages are. Witnessing loss of love between parents, having parents break their marriage commitment, adjusting to going back and forth between two different households, and the daily absence of one parent while living with the other, all create a challenging new family circumstance in which to live. These changes can be extremely confusing and extremely difficult to navigate for kids, especially if they are prone to worry, anger, or control issues. 


Developing Mental Health Through Secure Attachment

Five key components for emotional well-being and resilience.

Since 1949, Mental Health America has led the observance of May as Mental Health Month. But what does the term “mental health” really mean? When you boil it down, mental health is the ability to adequately adapt to the demands of life as we travel in and out of the various roles we play every day. This means feeling comfortable with oneself and in positive connection with others, having the flexibility to think outside the box, being patient, feeling emotions, and repairing and moving beyond conflict. In many ways, mental health is about resilienceSo how do we encourage psychological resilience? Attachment theory, coined by psychologist John Bowlby, asserts that the ability for an individual to form an emotional and physical "attachment" to another person gives a sense of stability and security necessary to take risks, branch out, and grow and develop a personality


Your Child’s Anxiety: When to Worry, When to Relax

Everyone, including children, has bouts of anxiety once in a while. But when constant fears and anxieties disrupt your child’s day-to-day life, that’s a cause for concern.

Kids of all ages experience fears and worry. For example, your infant may cry when a stranger picks him up. Your toddler may have a fear of clowns or other people in costumes. An elementary school-aged child might complain of a stomachache on the first day at a new school.

These are all normal fears for children. But some children experience a much higher level of anxiety than others.


Impulsive behavior linked to sleep and screen time

A new article suggests that children and youth who do not sleep enough and use screens more than recommended are more likely to act impulsively and make poorer decisions.


Students Who Feel They Belong Are Less Likely to Bully

Students Who Feel They Belong Are Less Likely to Bully


By Héctor Alejandro Arzate on August 15, 2019, 2:43 PM



While some may argue in favor of punitive measures for students who bully and others side with improving school climate, a recent survey signals out another factor that may help curb bullying: a sense of belonging. 


How imaginary friends could boost children’s development



How imaginary friends could boost children’s development




Psychologists first became interested in imaginary friends in the early 19th century because they feared they could be a sign of emotional instability or psychological problems in children. But as scientists have learned more about these invisible playmates over the last two decades, it has become increasingly clear that they are actually quite the opposite – a sign of positive developmental progress.