Mental Health Therapists
We believe children should not be judged solely on their misconduct or grades; we should aim to understand and support the underlying reasons for their behaviour. Those who access our therapists sometimes face multiple stressors, such as poverty, abuse, or addiction, and would not typically access therapy services otherwise. Other times, they may have experienced a trauma or are struggling to meet expectations.
In addition to supporting students, mental health therapists work with their family, community, and teachers to help them better understand children who have gone through trauma. This includes educating the community about the impact of trauma on the developing brain. We believe reaching children and youth while they are in school is the best way to encourage future success.
Mental health therapists provide a combination of counselling and group work, customized for the child and their family. They work collaboratively with other service providers in a ‘circle of support’ model for children and their families.
To help young people and families overcome the barriers and challenges that inhibit learning and development, and stop kids from completing high school, we focus on:
- Children engaged in high-risk behaviours
- Bullying and conflict resolution in school and peer environments
- Chaotic, unhealthy home environments
- Dysfunctional and dangerous relationships
- The debilitating stress of living in extreme poverty
- The effects of fetal alcohol syndrome
- Children experiencing the effects of abuse and trauma
- Parental dysfunction and child neglect