Prior to engaging in psychological services, children/adolescents should undergo a medical examination by a pediatrician or family doctor to rule out physical causes for emotional and/or behavioural symptoms.
Following this, a comprehensive psychological evaluation is completed, lasting from 2-4 sessions. At the end of the evaluation, initial impressions and a working diagnosis are formulated. A treatment plan is then developed, tailored to your specific needs.
Our psychologists have advanced training in the following evidence-based psychotherapy models.
CBT - Cognitive Behavioural Therapy
Cognitive behavior therapy (CBT) is a short-term treatment (8-12 sessions) that can be highly effective for many disorders including childhood anxiety, depression, and explosive anger disorders
FBT - Family Based Treatment
FBT consists of three phases across 20 treatment sessions over a 12-month period. The main difference between FBT and traditional treatments is that parents are seen as a key resource in assisting their child to recover.
DBT - Dialectical Behavioural Therapy
DBT allows young people to learn a variety of skills in the following areas: mindfulness, emotion regulation, interpersonal effectiveness and distress tolerance. DBT seeks to balance two concepts that may appear to be quite opposite; acceptance and change.
ERP - Exposure Response Prevention
ERP exposes youth to the things that trigger their anxiety in structured, incremental steps, in a safe setting. As they become accustomed to each of the triggers, the anxiety fades, and they are ready to take on increasingly more challenging ones.
MBSR - Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction
Helps children and teens to develop appropriate coping strategies in managing stress and restoring health and balance. MBSR teaches the art of living in the present moment in a non-judgmental way.