Child Stress and Trauma Counsellors

Child Stress and Trauma

Children today are exposed to much more trauma than we were twenty or thirty years ago, and that's why child trauma counselling is such an important tool to help them cope. Once off events, such as sexual abuse, domestic violence, bullying, life-threatening illnesses, natural disasters, or war can leave a child scarred for life.

Long-term exposure to poverty, verbal abuse or milder types of abuse are traumatic too, in fact that can be as devastating to a child as a single catastrophic event.

As with adults, every child has a different way of dealing with similar circumstances or events. Not every person who experiences the same event will become traumatized, but exposure to trauma can result in a variety of symptoms including nightmares, bedwetting, anxiety, depression, disdain for authority, poor grades, moodswings, substance abuse, and self-harm.

Both cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT) and a range of other therapies can be helpful in treating children who have been exposed to short term trauma. Therapists will usually work with the child on a one-on-one basis to help the child restructure negative thought patterns and self esteem (in the case of abuse, etc.) before calling in the family for family counselling. Family counselling is a great way for the family to find common ground, build problem-solving skills and to help the parents to re-establish themselves as the authority figures in the home.

If you are looking for a counsellor or psychologist with specialized traing in trauma counselling for children you may want to search the directory to find a professional whose approach will suit you best.

Note: You may narrow your search by selecting more than one filter below.

kristina sohal

M.Couns., RCC
EMDR, Exposure, and CBT -Trauma Therapy for Car Accidents, Work Injuries,  Domestic Abuse, and Childhood Trauma Do you feel lost and isolated after a Traumatic event, or it is the past Trauma that just won... Read more

Kimi Combow-Gill

M.Ed., RCC
Kimi has a Masters Degree in Counselling Psychology from the University of British Columbia. She is a Registered Clinical Counsellor (RCC) with the British Columbia Association of Clinical Counsellors and is bound by... Read more

Bronwen Smith

M.Couns., RCC
With a commitment to compassion, I offer holistic, trauma informed, person-centered counselling services to children, youth, young adults, parents and expectant parents. My approach considers the essential role of the... Read more

Lesley Holm

Dip.A.Th, BCATR
Lesley Holm, bcatr, counsellor and Registered Art Therapist, has been providing therapy for over 20 years and is a registered member of the British Columbia Art Therapy Association.  She has provided... Read more

Mary Yan

M.Ed., RCC
Get relief with effective strategies to cope with your child’s behaviours. Mary Yan Counselling in North Vancouver can help Mary Yan Counselling Services offers child and family therapy in North Vancouver. Mary... Read more

Ferma Ravn

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

Leah Pagels

M.S.W., RSW
    • Online booking
My name is Leah and I believe that each person and family is unique and deserves a unique approach to therapy. My practice is primarily informed by cognitive behavioral therapy (including mindfulness and acceptance, and... Read more

Madeleine De Little

Ph.D., CCC
When children are struggling at home or school, they are often not able to say what they are experiencing and causing their distress. However their behaviors like bed-wetting, school refusal, perfectionism, excess... Read more

Gillian Sutherland

M.S.W., RCC
At Central Island Counselling, our clients will immediately find an advocate with compassion, acceptance and expertise.  We provide the highest standard of private clinical counselling services to adults, youth,... Read more

John Boland

M.Ed., CCC
John Boland has been a counsellor/psychotherapist for 40 years and brings to his practice a wealth of experience in the areas of individual and couples therapy as well as many years working with children and youth. He... Read more

Diana Dawson

M.A., RCC
Diana Dawson is a M.A., Registered Clinical Counsellor (RCC), Brainspotting practitioner, living in Langley, who sees clients using convenient tele-health, online video, or phone... Read more

Tatjana Jansen

Ph.D., RCC
Tatjana Jansen has been an art therapist and counsellor for over 30 years; she integrates a trauma-informed, intersectional, collaborative and arts-based perspective. She works collaboratively with children (ages 8... Read more

Ross Laird

Ph.D., RCC
Ross Laird, PhD RCC is a consultant to organizations on themes of personal development, well-being, and whole-person learning. He has worked extensively in the fields of addiction, interpersonal conflict, trauma,... Read more

Ladona Pinder

MCP, RSW
    • Online booking
I have over 20 years of experience working with individuals, children, and families and I look forward to supporting you with the challenges that life brings. Are you struggling in your relationships? Do you... 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

Chris Rensch

M.A., RCC
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    • Online booking
I also offer Online Talk Therapy and Online Play Therapy. - As a Registered Clinical Counsellor, Chris has specialized training in trauma and child therapy. He helps kids and adults get unstuck when... Read more
At Pathways Play Therapy Services, my mission is to support children’s mental and emotional wellbeing, strengthen their attachments, and increase their connection to self. As a play therapist and child counsellor... Read more

Carly Goodfellow

M.A., RCC
    • Online booking
*I am pleased to offer online Videoconferencing for counselling and hypnotherapy appointments.* You are not alone. Are you struggling with your feelings day after day? Do you feel life is harder that it... Read more

Lee Cassels

M.A., CCC
Lee Cassels is a Canadian Certified Counsellor who sees clients in her office which located in the Port Moody area.    Often people find themselves drawn to counselling sites when they have reached a... Read more

Britta Regan West

M.A., RCC
Therapy provides relief. And there are no challenges too tough to be helped.  Britta West provides you and your loved ones with exceptional care in a compassionate and friendly atmosphere. With... Read more

Jo-Ann Majcher

Ph.D., R.Psych
Jo-Ann Majcher works with adults and children to help them cope with life challenges.  Her practice with adults focuses on enhancing clients’ well-being while helping them cope with life stressors... Read more

Keisei Anzai

M.A., RCAT
No matter who we are, life has its up and downturns. Happiness is said to be a rich sense of well-being that comes only from knowing our internal self. A large part of what generates happiness is our cognition.... 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,adults and parents in Vancouver. She is registered with... Read more

Paula Jurczak

M.A., RCC
Counseling Services Promoting emotional healing, social development and the formation of healthy relationships.   Virtual Counseling Services Available. Telephone and Video. Please contact Counselor to... Read more

Brenda Jamer

M.Sc., RCC
At the heart of it, my practice is a highly intuitive blend of trauma informed modalities. Foundationally, I apply an anti-oppressive, intersectional feminist lens and welcome clients from all walks of life, especially... 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

David Zhang

M.C., RCC
MC, R.C.C. (#19056) Sometimes we’ve been wounded. We are bitter and end up in hard places. We are in relationships that have grown painful, disappointing, even hopeless. It seems there are... Read more

Gerry Bock

M.A., RCC
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Gerry Bock earned his Masters degree in 1990. He has been practicing as a Registered Clinical Counsellor for over 30 years (since 1991). As part of this counselling network, you will have access to the expertise and... Read more

Sarah Welton

M.Ed., CCC
    • Online booking
When your child isn’t doing well, it hurts you. Children can have big feelings and challenging behaviour. This can be a major life stressor. Behaviours get in the way of family time being playful and fun, and... Read more

Sabine Fritz

Ph.D., R.Psych
I am a registered psychologist, practising psychology with a holistic perspective on healing which means that I place importance on working with the whole person rather than on one or more symptoms. My goal is to... Read more