Families / parents seek therapy for a multitude of reasons in relation to their children, such as:
- Anxiety and/or fears
- Behavioural issues
- Difficulty with transition
- Special needs/different abilities
- Parent-child relationship concerns
You can discover more about a person in an hour of play than in a year of conversation. — Plato
Art Therapy combines the creative process and psychotherapy. It facilitates self-exploration and understanding through various art forms such as drawing, painting, play-dough, role-play etc. The use of imagery, colour, shape, texture, movement are part of this creative therapeutic process, as ways to express thoughts and feelings that would otherwise be difficult to articulate.
Play Therapy is based on the child’s natural medium of self-expression. It is an opportunity to ‘play out’ his or her feelings and problems as a way to not only address difficulties, but to resolve inner conflicts or traumatic events such as bullying, loss, divorce etc.
Attachment Theory addresses the different response styles and behaviours when hurt, separated from loved ones, or perceiving a threat depending on the one’s ability to develop basic trust in their caregivers and self. This approach helps to build or re-build bridges with the expectation that one will receive protection and emotional support.
Narrative Therapy is a process that helps to reframe and to come to new a understanding of life events and situations. It is a respectful, non-blaming approach that views the person as as separate from their problems. It assumes that you have the innate skills and abilities that will assist in coming to new perspectives. What were once considered as “problems” can now be seen as opportunities for growth and learning.
Positive Behavioral Support (PBS) is a practical approach to help to get at the root of difficult and challenging behaviors by replacing them with appropriate social skills. It facilitates clear and satisfying communication.
Body Relaxation Techniques involve processes or activities that help to relax and to attain a state of increased calmness and to reduce levels of pain, anxiety, stress or anger. They can decrease muscle tension, lower the blood pressure and slow heart and breath rates, among other health benefits.
ABOUT AGNÈS DUPIN
Agnès has worked in Toronto as a Therapist, Developmental Counsellor, Consultant, Program Coordinator and Supervisor since 1998. She holds a Specialized B.A. in Psychology (York University) where she focused on developmental psychology, and a Master’s degree in Social Work (University of Toronto) where she focused on family and child therapy and parenting issues. She has also completed an externship in play therapy. She is a member of the Ontario College of Social Workers, the Ontario Association of Social Workers and past member of Play Therapy International.