Areas of practice
- Anxiety and/or Panic
- Child Behaviour
- Child Stress and Trauma
- Family Violence
- Grief and Loss - General
- Child Centred Therapy
- Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT)
- Expressive Arts Therapies
- Family Systems
- Play Therapy
Helen Ritchie is Canadian Certified Counsellor, Cerified Synergetic Play Therapist, and Registered Play Therapist who sees child, youth, and adult clients in Vancouver. She is registered with the Crime Victim Assistance Program.
Play Therapy for children
Are you concerned about your child’s worries, behaviours, mood changes, or ability to cope with family changes such as separation/divorce or grief and loss? Play therapy can help your child come back into a more balanced sense of wellbeing.
Benefits of Play Therapy
Parents report that after Play Therapy their children are better able solve problems, express emotions, and behave more responsibly. Through the process of Synergetic Play Therapy, both parents and children will learn about how the brain and nervous system work and will develop strategies to regulate this system.
Therapy for Adults, Teens and Families
Tired of feeling stressed, tired, panicked, depressed or angry? Counselling can bring you the change and peace of mind that you are looking for. My compassionate counselling approach will help you gently face your challenges and learn strategies to regulate your nervous system so that you can get back to feeling grounded and in control.
With adults and teens, I use expressive therapies such as Sandplay in conjunction with talk-based therapies.
Having lived in Canada, France, Japan, and the UK, and from work as an ESL teacher and International Student Counsellor, I have experience adjusting to new environments and in helping people with cross-cultural and settlement issues.
I am able to provide counselling services in French.
Areas of expertise
In my 14+years of work as an elementary school counsellor, play therapist, and counsellor. I have helped many children, teens, adults and th families with issues such as
- Anxiety- worry, stress, separation anxiety, OCD
- Behavioural issues- aggression, withdrawal, impulsivity
- Trauma-hospitalizations, witnessing family violence, accidents, etc.
- Grief and loss
- Friendship issues
- Coping with transitions- moves, new schools, new family members (babies, blended families..)
- Cross-cultural and settlement issues
- Identity issues
- Parenting issues
Group therapy has been provided for
- Children affected by family violence Program at Family Services
- Youth requiring social and emotional support- Respect, Safety and Violence Prevention Program
- Social skills for children and youth
- Anxiety reduction- FRIENDS school program
My Education and Training
After receiving a Master’s degree in Counselling Psychology from UBC, I trained to become a Registered Play Therapist. I have just completed certification in Synergetic Play Therapy, an exciting new approach that combines the latest research in neuroscience, attachment and attunement with therapeutic work.
I have had extensive training in Play and Sandplay Therapy, Trauma-informed therapy, Family Systems theory, The Satir Model, Narrative Therapy and Cognitive-Behavioural Therapy. My passion for Play Therapy has resulted in 9+ years of volunteer work on the BC Play Therapy Association board.
My clients are some of my greatest teachers. I am indebted to all of the people that I have had the privilege of supporting on their healing path.
For a free initial consultation please email or call Helen Ritchie using the information above.
Client fee individuals:$120 per 50 minute session
Client fee couples/families:$140