MA, Child Play Therapist (cand.)
Play therapy is a unique counselling experience. My clients and I spend time drawing, reading, talking, being silent, acting out puppet shows, building stories and pictures in the sand tray, playing make-believe, and painting. I am constantly amazed at children’s inner drive towards healing, whether it be from a specific traumatic event, or from emotional difficulties that arise due to normative life transitions. When children come to the playroom, they enter a warm and welcoming atmosphere, where they are invited to explore and interact with various play materials. I utilize a variety of techniques in treating behavioural and emotional difficulties, while seeking to tailor my approach to my client’s particular interests and needs. My aim is to provide children with a therapeutic environment in which they are safe, accepted, and validated. I practice from a client-centered and primarily non-directive approach, bringing in more facilitative techniques where appropriate.
My previous career involved working solely with children with Autism Spectrum Disorder and their caregivers. In the past few years I have received my MA in Developmental Psychology, and completed the Play Therapy Certificate Program through the Canadian Association for Play Therapy. I have attended workshops in children’s grief and bereavement as well as working with children of divorce, and continue to pursue additional education. I work with children experiencing behaviour problems at school, separation anxiety, phobias, obsessive-compulsive tendencies, difficulties adjusting to a move, recovering from abuse and neglect, grief, experiencing the divorce or separation of parents, among others.
It is my experience that, when given the permission to express emotions in a safe and validating therapeutic environment, children often know intuitively what they need to work through as they move towards healing. I see evidence of this through the activities and toys that they gravitate towards, as well as the themes that develop in their play. I maintain contact with parents and caregivers throughout the course of their child’s play therapy process, as their observations and intuitions are extremely valuable. It is my desire to support both children and their caregivers in discovering unique strengths and capacities for positive growth.
Certifications, Memberships, Accreditations:
• Member of the Canadian Association of Child and Play Therapy
• Will be a qualifying member of the College of Registered Psychotherapists of Ontario (CRPO)
Areas of Special Interest:
My areas of interest include trauma and loss, abuse and neglect, anxiety, depression, life transitions, self-esteem, and spiritual care.
• Wilfrid Laurier University, Master of Developmental Psychology
• Canadian Association of Child and Play Therapy, Play Therapy Certificate Program
• St. Lawrence College, Graduate Certificate in Autism and Behavioural Sciences
• Redeemer University College, Bachelor of Clinical Psychology (Honours)