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Children and Teenagers

Balancing

Areas of Focus

  • anxiety 

  • Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD) 

  • behavioural issues 

  • learning disabilities 

  • developmental disorders

  • ADD/ADHD

  • peer relationships 

  • school issues 

  • ​Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) 

  • self-esteem 

  • depression

  • parent/child relationships

  • self-harming 

  • technology addiction 

  • sleep issues

  • oppositional defiant disorder (ODD)

  • trichotillomania (hair pulling disorder) 

Working with Youth

Rebecca has been working with children and teens for 15 years in a variety of settings. During university, she worked as a full-time, long term nanny for three families. She has taught children overseas in Spain and in Peru, and she has volunteered with many children and teenagers throughout her career. 

In many ways, Rebecca is a kid at heart. She loves playing with animals, jumping in puddles and running through sprinklers. Rebecca identifies with children and have been told she has a calm, warm, playful and patient presence that encourages them to open up. She understands that talking to a child or young adult effectively comes down to meeting them at their level - speaking to them in words they can understand and using examples that are meaningful to them.  

 

 

 

We are currently doing in-person and video counselling with children and teenagers ages 6 and up. 

"I believe the most crucial part of the therapeutic relationship with a child is trust. I ensure to establish trust with my clients by asking them questions about themselves, suggesting they show me artwork or trophies they are proud of, and letting them ask me anything they want to. Only once trust is established do we begin talking about the 'deeper' stuff. I always let children know that they can tell me anything and I will keep it a secret between us, unless they are in any sort of danger. Often it takes one or two sessions before trust is established, but without it, therapy is not nearly as effective. I am very flexible and if a child feels more comfortable to have their parents in session, that is okay. If after thirty minutes a child says they are done talking, that's okay too. My priority is letting the child know that they are in charge, that they are not being forced into anything, and that they can trust me. I believe that children deserve the same respect that adults do. "

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