Child, Adolescent & Family Services

Children and adolescents go through various developmental stages characterized by a wide variety of behaviors.  Since their behavior is constantly changing and evolving, it is often difficult to know when psychological intervention is indicated.  If behaviors become severe or impact your child’s functioning at home or in school, an evaluation can help determine what type of intervention may be helpful.

Types: Our therapists are trained to provide the following therapies:

Cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT)

Cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT) is a common type of talk therapy. You will work with a mental health practitioner in a structured way, attending a limited number of sessions. CBT helps you become aware of unhelpful or negative thinking patterns so you can view challenging situations more clearly and respond to them in a more effective way.

Trauma-focused cognitive behavioral therapy (TF-CBT)

Trauma-focused cognitive behavioral therapy (TF-CBT) is an evidence-based treatment approach shown to help children, adolescents, and their parents overcome trauma-related difficulties. TF-CBT helps children address distorted or upsetting beliefs and attributions and learn skills to help them cope with ordinary life stressors. It also helps parents who were not abusive to cope effectively with their own emotional distress and develop skills that support their children.

Mindfulness-based cognitive therapy (MBCT)

Mindfulness-based cognitive therapy (MBCT) builds upon the principles of cognitive therapy by using techniques such as mindfulness meditation to teach people to consciously pay attention to their thoughts and feelings without placing any judgments upon them.

Acceptance and commitment therapy (ACT)

Acceptance and commitment therapy (ACT) teaches several skills to help individuals live and behave in ways consistent with personal values while developing psychological flexibility. Using acceptance, commitment, mindfulness skills and behaviour-change strategies, ACT’s focus is to help clients accept the realities of life and to accept thoughts for what they are – just thoughts.

Child, Adolescent, and Family Services are available in Arabic and English and both in person or online.