Child Behaviour Play 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.

Play Therapy

Play therapy uses the client's internal self-healing mechanisms to access unconscious and conscious experiences. The therapist forms a relationship with the client and encourages him or her to explore life events that affect his or her current life experience.

During play therapy, the therapist works at the client's pace. Talking is secondary to play in this form of therapy, and as such the client is encouraged to play while the therapist observes.

Play Therapy is suitable for adults too, as it helps them to relearn self-exploration, which enhances physical and cognitive behaviours. Play therapy gives children and adults freedom, increased creativity and life experience.

If you are looking for a therapist who offers Play Therapy, please browse our list of practitioners below..

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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

Ferma Ravn-Greenway

M.S.W., RSW
Are you a parent who is concerned about your child or adolecent's mental and/or emotional health?  I am able to provide tele-play therapy for children and tele-therapy for adolescents and parents.... Read more

Cassandra Barfield

M.S.W., RSW
Overwhelmed by personal challenges? Stress Depression Anxiety Grief and Loss Relationship Problems Abuse Child Rearing Elder Care Life Transitions Work Place Hope creates possibilities... Read more

Sue Diewert

M.Ed., RCC
Sue Diewert is a Registered Clinical Counsellor, BC Registered Play Therapist, Jungian Sandplay Therapist in training and School Counsellor working in Comox, BC. If you are looking for support or want to speak with a... Read more

Phoebe Tsang

M.C., RMFT
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Background and training: Master of Counselling from Trinity Western University Registered Clinical Counsellor #1830 of BCACC Registered Marriage & Family Therapist- Supervisor of CAMFT #2017290 BC... Read more

Janet Walker

M.A., RCC
Children Has parenting your child become a crisis situation for you?   Is your child acting out after a traumatic experience such as a separation, divorce, or loss of family member?  Is your child... Read more

Paula Jurczak

M.A., RCC
Child and Family Counselling Services Promoting emotional healing, social development and the formation of healthy relationships.   Virtual Counselling Services Available. Telephone and Video. Please... Read more

Ann Holroyd

Ph.D., RCC
Introduction People seek counselling or long-term psychotherapy for a wide variety of reasons. Sometimes a crisis has arisen in your life that feels unresolvable without professional help; Or it maybe a significant... Read more

Tania Zulkoskey

M.S.W., RCSW
Video/Telephone Sessions Available. Tania counsels individuals, children and couples on issues such as:  relationship dynamics  communication issues  parenting and multiples  ... Read more

Fred West

B.A., RCC
As humans, we possess complicated emotions.  Our behavior, thoughts and feelings can sometimes be overwhelming, even to ourselves! If you have been feeling lost, having depressed thoughts or going... Read more

Helen Ritchie

M.Ed., CCC
Helen Ritchie is  a Canadian Certified Counsellor, Certified Synergetic Play Therapist Supervisor,  and EMDR Therapist who sees children, youth, and parents in Vancouver. She is registered with the... 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

Lisa Moore

M.A., RCC
Lisa Moore - Clinical Counselor And Play Therapy Supervisor We accept private insurance plans, Victim Services (CVAP), ICBC Claims and Autism Funding. Transitions Counselling Centre's mission is to help... Read more

Alison Bell

M.A., RCC
I am pleased to offer in-person, video and phone session to individual, families and couples. I have been providing counselling services for over 20 years and I have worked in private practice in the... Read more

Danielle Aldcorn

M.A., RCC
Danielle Aldcorn, BSW, MA, is a Registered Clinical Counsellor and Co-Director of Satori Integrative Health Centre. Her primary areas of practice are child, adolescent and family counselling for anxiety, behaviour... Read more

Johanna Simmons

M.A., RCC
I believe that families are the foundation of any society. As parents you create the future through your children. Occasionally we encounter challenges and need some encouragement to overcome these. I can provide... Read more

Christopher Conley

M.A., RCC
Sessions are available by phone or Zoom Pro online/video.  Grove Centre's mission as a respectful member of the community, is to support children and families within home, school and community... Read more

Chris Rensch

M.A., RCC
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    • Online booking
In addition to in-person services, I offer Online Talk Therapy and Online Play Therapy. ------- Chris Rensch is a Registered Clinical Counsellor who has specialized training in child and trauma therapy.... 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... Read more

Marja Kates

Ph.D., R.Psych
I am a Registered Psychologist (#1195) who has studied, trained, and worked with children for over 20 years. Children who have experienced or are experiencing anxiety, stress, grief, trauma, and/or illness need a gentle... Read more

Ramina Khusnutdinova

M.A.Sc., RCC
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I provide families with effective counselling support and skill-building therapy which will strengthen parent-child bonding. My approach is based on the latest findings from positive psychology, play therapy,... Read more

Kelly Kavanagh

M.A., R.Psych
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

Lise McLewin

Ph.D., R.Psych
Dr. Lise McLewin is a registered psychologist who completed her training in a Clinical-Developmental Psychology doctoral program working with children, youth, and families. She has provided assessment and treatment... Read more

Annu Dha

M.A., RCC
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Counselling is a Smart Investment in Yourself From time to time, we reward ourselves with a treat-a cup of coffee, a new electronic gadget, a massage, perhaps a new watch or clothing. However, we often forget the... Read more

Gillian Tuyp

MCP, RCC
**Currently Accepting New Clients for Fall 2021** Gillian brings over 10 years of experience supporting children, youth, and families into her practice as a clinical counsellor. At the core of Gillian's... Read more