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- cope with parents' divorce
- cope with transitions (e.g. move, immigration)
- improve self-esteem
- improve social skills
- appropriately channel anger
- deal with bullying
- deal with worries and fears
- deal with grief and loss
- heal from abuse and neglect
- PhD in counselling from the University of North Texas
- Registered psychologist in BC since 1996
- Registered play therapist-supervisor since 1994
- Specialty in helping children who suffered child abuse and neglect
- Child-Parent Relationship Training (CPR-T)
I am a registered psychologist with specialized training to work with children and families. I use play therapy to understand children and help them cope. As play is the natural language for children, I create a therapeutic environment with specially selected toys for children to communicate their needs and distress. Play therapy also provides opportunity for children to try new ways of coping and gain mastery over difficulties. I work together with parents to help them understand their children's perceptions and meet their children's unique needs. I facilitate parent-child interactions that promote positive attachment and strengthen parent-child relationship.
I use play therapy to help children
Over the years as a psychologist, I practice based on theories that explain human behaviors and research that inform effective therapy. The theory that has influenced my practice the most is Adlerian Theory. With research showing effectiveness of Cognitive-Behaviour Therapy (CBT), I incoporate CBT techniques in my work with children and adults. With children, CBT techniques are used in a play context to turn abstract concepts into concrete experience (e.g. to measure worries using different lengths of yarn). The recent development in various aspects of brian research also inform my practice in helping children and families.
My background and training:
With my extensive background in helping children who suffered abuse and neglect, I offer help to adoptive families to promote a smooth transition and ongoing healthy functioning. Children who have been abused have found creative ways to cope in a hurtful environment (e.g. being withdrawn to avoid being noticed and hurt). These "creative" ways are no longer necessary for survival in the adoptive family. Adoptive parents are sometimes frustrated and confused when their nurturing ways do not seem to reach their child. I provide Theraplay to help children with disrupted attachment develop a healthy relationship with their parents.
Being bilingual (English-Chinese) and an immigrant, I have a special interest in helping families who have adopted children from overseas.
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