Child Centred Therapy

Child Centred Therapy

The child-centered therapy, or child-centered play therapy (CCPT) model offers a non-judgmental and emotionally supportive therapeutic atmosphere. However, it has clear boundaries to ensure psychological safety in which the child can practice behavioural and emotional self-regulation.

Child-Centered Therapy has been shown to be effective in helping children to overcome traumatic experiences and to develop the freedom to express themselves creatively. By building healthy self-esteem, children become more mature, and develop pro-social behaviours.

The child-centered therapist will accept the client fully, including all his or her actions, feelings and characteristics. The therapist won't judge the child, offer advice or interrupt. By creating this non-judgmental, non-threatening context, the child will feel free to explore his or her feelings and thoughts without a fear of judgment or rejection.

If you are looking for a therapist who offers child-centered therapy, please browse our list of practitioners below..

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Joanne Duma

Ed.D., R.Psych
Dr. Duma is a registered psychologist who completed her Doctorate in Counselling Psychology at the University of Toronto. She has extensive experience treating a wide variety of clinical issues including:... Read more

Marilee Sigal

Psy.D., RCC
Our relationships with our parents, siblings, friends, lovers, spouses and children can be our greatest source of joy, and also provide our most profound experiences of frustration and sorrow. Marilee has been helping... Read more

Darcy Bailey

M.S.W., RCC
Darcy Bailey is a Registered Clinical Counsellor (RCC), Registered Social Worker (RSW), and Art Therapist. Darcy offers counselling, therapy, support and consultation to adults and families as well as Art Therapy and... Read more

Michelle Mann

Ph.D., RCC
Michelle Mann (PhD RCC) is a Registered Clinical Counsellor and a therapist providing counselling, therapy and coaching to children, youth, adults and families. Trust, respect, warmth and empathy are key elements in Dr... Read more
My practice is focused on the ability of each individual to discover their own inner resources and reach their own resolutions. Whether it's dealing with a phobia, panic attack, self-esteem, weight and body image,... Read more

Gina Vanderham

MFT, RMFT
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Gina Vanderham, MA, MFT, ICADC, CEAP, SAPGina is a Licensed Marriage, Family and Child Therapist with 20 years experience and post graduate training. Her Downtown Vancouver office is conveniently located close to public... Read more

Toni Pieroni

M.A., RCC
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I believe that healing, growth and development occur within the context of relationship. Therefore, choosing the right therapist is a critical aspect of the therapeutic process. I bring over 30 years of personal... Read more

Pauline Mullaney

M.S.W., RCSW
My practice includes working with couples, families, adolescents, individuals and groups. Couples counselling, communication and relationship concerns. Family issues such as behaviour management, parent /... Read more

Dawn Holt

M.A., RCC
With 15 years of experience, education and expertise in the mental health field, I have helped my clients access their own strengths, gain insight and build skills to improve their lives. I help people Feel Better, Do... Read more

Parminder Mann

M.A., RCC
Parminder Mann is a registered clinical counsellor who has offices in Surrey and Burnaby.  Life can be very stressful at times.  Some people may have jobs to juggle, or new careers to manage, some may have... Read more

Sophia Van Vuuren

M.A., R.Psych
Sophia holds a Masters degree in Clinical Psychology and is a Registered Psychologist with the College of Psychologists in British Columbia, #1659. She has worked in the mental health field as a Clinical Psychologist... Read more

Angela Birnie

M.Ed., RCC
I am a registered clinical counsellor and registered dietitian focusing on the treatment of eating disorders, emotional eating, and generally helping clients to improve their relationship with food. Clients come to... Read more

Elsie De Vita

Ph.D., R.Psych
Dr. Elsie DeVita is a psychotherapist, registered with the B.C. College of Psychologists. She is also a member of the B.C. Psychological Association and the Canadian Psychological Association. Elsie has worked in... Read more

Maureen Lee

MC, RCC
Maureen Lee is a Registered Clinical Counsellor who sees clients in North Vancouver. She practices a client-centred approach to therapy which means you, the client, decide the outcome, goals and direction of the... Read more

Avraham Cohen

Ph.D., RCC
Avraham Cohen, Ph. D., RCC, CCC holds the designations of Registered Clinical Counsellor (RCC) with the BC Association of Clinical Counsellors and Canadian Counsellor Certification (CCC) with the Canadian Counselling... Read more

Lisa Moore

M.A., CCC
Transitions Counselling Centre's mission is to help people heal and grow through periods of transitions in their lives.  Many of us experience loss, grief, unhappiness or a sense of loss when we transition from... Read more

Deborrah Dunne

Ph.D., RCC
The decision to go for counselling often arises in the face of crisis and overwhelm. It can also come about because we are tired of dragging our issues along with us through days, weeks, months and even years. My goal... Read more

Nick Morris

M.A., CCC
Trying to navigate through life is rarely an easy task.  Nick provides a safe and confidential space where individuals are able to identify and conquer life's roadblocks that are preventing a... Read more

Paul Bains

M.A., RCC
Paul Bains, B.Sc., M.A., RCC is a Registered Clinical Counsellor. He has over 23 years experience working with couples, families, children, adolescents and individual adults. Benefits you may gain or learn by... Read more

Lephuong Ong

Ph.D., R.Psych
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Psychologist Profile: I am a registered psychologist who practices clinical and health psychology in Vancouver, BC. I achieved my Doctor of Philosophy and Master of Arts degrees in Clinical Psychology at York... Read more

Kelly Kavanagh

M.A., R.Psych
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My name is Kelly Kavanagh (MA, MEd, R.Psych) co-owner of Richmond Couples and Child Counselling (RCCC), located directly across from the Richmond Hospital. I am a psychologist working exclusively with children,... Read more

Gloria Lee

M.C., RCC
Gloria is a Registered Clinical Counsellor and holds a Masters degree in Counselling.  She has been collaborating with individuals, couples, and families for over 20 years to achieve greater satisfaction in their... Read more

Jim Smith

M.A., RCC
Jim is a Registered Clinical Counsellor (#522) and a Registered Social Worker (#03507) and consultant with 49 years experience working with children, youth and families. He has specialized training and experience... Read more

Daniele Doucet

Ph.D., RCC
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Dr Daniele Doucet (nee Duplassie) is the Founder and Director of The Shanti Counselling Centre. She is a Registered Clinical Counsellor with the BC Association of Clinical Counsellors, a Certified... Read more

Rosanne Johnson

M.A., RCC
As a counsellor, Rosanne offers therapy to the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) community in Greater Vancouver and Burnaby. She understands how important it is for these populations to have a therapist who... Read more

Holly Stepaniuk

Psy.D., R.Psych
I am a Registered Psychologist (#1412) with the College of Psychologists of BC. Want to rekindle your marriage and make your love last? I use the research-based approach of world-renowned relationship and... Read more
Wanting to be happy is a worthy and achievable goal for counselling. Feeling lasting relief from anxiety, depression, anger and stress are key reasons to seek out supportive, professional, support. Book with me and we... Read more

Darlene Cripps

M.A., CCC
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Darlene Cripps MA CCC is a clinical counsellor who provides counselling to teens and adult individuals at her Vancouver office. WHAT I OFFER: I work with topics including emotional regulation (including... Read more

Tisha Gangopadhyay

Ph.D., R.Psych
Dr. Tisha Gangopadhyay is a Registered Psychologist who sees clients at her office in Vancouver (Kitsilano/Point Grey).  Through a respectful, non-judgmental, client-centred approach, her clients are empowered to... Read more

Johanna Abraham

M.S.W., RSW
I have a Masters Degree in Social Work and 25 years of professional experience helping individuals, couples and families from a range of backgrounds deal with a variety challenges. As well as providing counseling... Read more