Child Behaviour Animal Assisted Therapy

Child Behaviour

Just like adults, children can also benefit from therapy. Psychotherapy can help children develop important interpersonal and problem-solving skills that will stand them in good stead for the rest of their lives. Therapy can also help a child to deal with behavioural issues that affect family relationships and school performance.

Life can be tough for young ones, what with peer pressure, homework, school bullying and exam stress. A transition, such as a new baby in the house, divorce, death of a grandparent, moving to a new home, abuse or illness can cause a young child severe mental anguish.

Many young children are not equipped to deal with stress and express their emotions in a healthy way yet, and therefore they act out. Certain behaviours, though merely a cry for help, might be socially unacceptable and could have devastating results.

behavioural issues that warrant intervention include sudden bedwetting, developmental delays or regressions, significant drop in grades, social isolation or withdrawal, aggression, appetite changes, changes in sleep patterns, tardiness or absenteeism at school, eating disorders, mood swings, frequent complaints about feeling ill without a medical cause,  or substance use. Therapy can help prevent, or deal with these behavioural issues.

Cognitive behavioural therapy is the most common treatment option for children with behavioural issues, as well as teenagers who struggle to cope with stress, are feeling anxious or depressed. This type of therapy helps to restructure thoughts to produce effective, positive mindsets. It is often achieved along with learning and practicing stress management techniques, coping skills and relaxation skills.  In addition many other approaches are used and which one works is really a function of preference and learning style.

If you are looking for a counsellor or psychologist who offers behavioural psychology for children to address your child's stress, anxiety or behavioural issues you may want to search the directory to find a professional whose approach will suit you best.

Animal Assisted Therapy

Animal-assisted therapy uses animals, and dogs in particular, to improve cognitive and emotional functioning. Animals help to build a report between the therapist and the patient, and can include domesticated pets and farm animals.

During the first stages of animal-assisted therapy, the therapist will assess the client's needs without animals present. The animal is only introduced once the therapist has developed a treatment plan.

The next stage involves a bond being developed between the client and the animal through motor skills. The animals are used to motivate the client, and to create positive interactions that can be translated into human interaction.

The therapist will monitor improvement and once a positive interaction is established between the client and the animal, the client is given independence in making choices for their partner in Animal-assisted therapy (AAT) therapy.

If you are looking for a counsellor who offers Animal-assisted therapy (AAT) therapy, please browse our list of practitioners below..

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Karianne Axford

Ph.D., R.Psych
Dr. Karianne Axford and Associates is currently offering online/virtual/video counselling during COVID-19. Dr. Axford has over two decades of experience providing counselling and... Read more

Sara Place

M.A., RCC
It is my honour to deeply listen and support your personal journey through whatever life circumstance brings you to counselling.  We can work through difficult life circumstances, relationship challenges (including... Read more

Sandy Miller

M.Couns., RCC
Sandy has a Masters in Counselling Psychology, is a Registered Clinical Counsellor, and an International Certified Alcohol and Drug Counsellor. She provides counselling services to individuals and couples in New... Read more

Joy Schellenberg

M.A., RCC
Are you Tired of the Pain and Turmoil in Your life? It’s likely you’ve been struggling for a long time. You’re overwhelmed and you don’t know where to turn. It seems the same negative things... Read more

Lorraine Klassen

M.Ed., CCC
I am a clinical counsellor with over 25 years experience counselling adults and couples through community agency settings, private practice, and the hospital and health-care industry.  I have a... Read more

Deborah Braun

M.A., RCC
My experienc Deborah Braun, BLA, MA, RCC welcomes individuals and couples facing challenging issues. Whether it's chronic illness, relationship, career or college satisfaction, anxiety, depression, loss, stress... Read more

Diana Kollar

M.A., RCC
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Diana loves helping people achieve fulfilling and healthy relationships with themselves as well with others.  Her compassion creates a supportive atmosphere where her clients can safely embark on a journey of self-... Read more

Erin MacLeod

M.A., RCC
**Erin will only be offering remote counselling by phone or video conferencing at this time, due to ongoing COVID-19 crisis and the need for social distancing/isolation**  Erin is a Registered Clinical... Read more

Katy Strachan

Ph.D., R.Psych
Dr. Katy Strachan has been a Registered Psychologist in the Vancouver area since 1994. She has specific interests in women’s counselling, relationship issues, parenting issues, victim’s assistance,... Read more

Suzana Dujmic

M.C., RCC
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My name is Suzana Dujmic and I am Registered Clinical Counsellor with a Master’s Degree in Clinical Counselling from City University of Seattle (Vancouver campus) and a Post-Graduate Certificate in Child and Youth... Read more

Cathy Hill

Ph.D., R.Psych
  PLEASE NOTE:  I AM CURRENTLY FULLY BOOKED AND NOT ACCEPTING NEW CLIENTS.  I DO MAINTAIN A WAIT LIST FOR THOSE SEEKING COUPLES THERAPY.            My practice includes... Read more

Jyoti Gill

M.A., RCC
I believe that we ALL have the power to heal ourselves. This means that this power resides in YOU too. If that’s hard to believe, I hope that you will grant yourself the opportunity to discover it. In our work... Read more

Daryl Ternowski

Ph.D., R.Psych
    • Online booking
  I typically consult with adults and older adolescents who are successful in many ways, but feel unsatisfied with some aspect of their life. They choose to participate in therapy because they want to feel... Read more

Carole Gaato

Ph.D., R.Psych
With more than 20 years experience as a psychotherapist, I sometimes lose touch with just how daunting the task of finding your "right" therapist can be. Just so you know, as registered psychologists and... Read more

Desiree Blume

M.A., RCC
I am a registered clinical counsellor who has worked therapeutically with children, adults, couples and families for over a decade.  I will offer you a safe and caring environment where you can identify and... Read more

Eleanor Rogers

M.A., RCC
Eleanor Rogers is a Registered Clinical Counsellor in North Burnaby. I work with clients who are in the midst of difficult life transitions; who are faced with illness, grief and loss; who are recovering from... Read more

Martin Phillips-Hing

Ph.D., R.Psych
The beginning is the most important part of the work. ~ Plato I am a Registered Psychologist (#1361) in the province of British Columbia and have been in private practice since receiving my Ph.D. in 1998. I see... Read more

Andrena Gamblin-Smith

B.S.W., RSW
In the fantastically busy and often confusing world in which we live it is far too easy to overlook the single most important aspect of our lives; the wellbeing of ourselves and our relationships. Every aspect of our... Read more

Patricia Friedman

M.S.W., RSW
This is the first step in looking for the right professional who can help you and I hope I can make this process easy for you. I work with adults who feel like something is not right in their life; they may feel... Read more

Shelley Hine

M.A., RCC
I am a Registered Clinical Counsellor who blends perspectives of inclusiveness, feminism, social justice and trauma work into my counselling practice. I am trained in a variety of clinical methods and... Read more

Sherri Calder

M.A., RCC
Sherri has a Masters degree in Counselling Psychology from the Adler University of Professional Psychology. She is a Registered Clinical Counsellor (#3580) and a member of B.C. Association of Clinical... Read more

Roma Palmer

M.A., RCC
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Choosing a counsellor is a very personal decision.  Below please find some information to help you make the choice that is right for you. What is my philosophy of counselling and how can I help you? I believe... Read more

Katelin Wyness

M.Couns., RCC
If you are looking to get connected with some counselling you are probably dealing with some difficult things.  I think I can help.  I work with a wide range of clients including children, youth... Read more

Yaari Dyer

Ph.D., R.Psych
Hello! I am a Registered Psychologist (#2094) and see individual clients and couples in my peaceful Kitsilano office.  I assist adults at every life stage who are grappling with issues... Read more

Pam Hirakata

Ph.D., R.Psych
Pam received her Ph.D. in Counselling Psychology at the University of British Columbia and has over 15 years of experience supporting individuals through a variety of life challenges. Her career as a psychologist began... Read more

Nicklas Ehrlich

M.S.W., RCC
Have you felt frustrated or stuck? Have you struggled to follow through on goals you've committed to? Have you experienced frustration when your actions haven't matched your best intentions? These are very... Read more

Nancy Nigro

M.S.W., RCC
I am a Psychotherapist in private practice with over 30 years of clinical experience. I have specialized training in Relationship issues, Self Esteem, Anxiety/Depression, Grief/Loss, Trauma, Life Transitions. If you... Read more

Nicole Thomson

M.A., RCC
Sometimes it feels like you've been wanting and trying to change for so long, and it can be frustrating and disheartening.  The same patterns and cycles keep coming up, you're overwhelmed, and don'... Read more

Natalie Hansen

M.A., RCC
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    • Online booking
Natalie Hansen, MA, Registered Clinical Counsellor Walking with you through life's challenges Using Video and Phone Counselling, Natalie is a caring and competent Individual and Couples Therapist in... Read more

Tony Ho

M.S.W., RSW
If you're having sleep troubles, I offer and integrate behavioral sleep therapy into my practice as it can significantly improve your overall wellbeing, so you have the energy to focus on what matters most... Read more