What is kept confidential and what can you share?

Everything you tell me is kept confidential, however Provincial legislation requires that suspected abuse or neglect of a child, elder, dependent adult, or developmentally disabled person be reported. Provincial legislation also requires that others be informed if a client threatens suicide or harm to herself/himself, or others. If that threat is clear and imminent danger, the proper individuals and law enforcement must be contacted. The person against whom the threat has been made may also be contacted to prevent harm. Should I be presented with a court order, I may be required to disclose information in the presence of a judge; however, I will first assert legal privilege in an effort to protect your confidentiality.  Information, which may jeopardize my safety, will not be kept confidential. In the event of a medical emergency on your part, emergency personnel may have to be provided with some of your information.

I really think my child or teen needs counselling, but my ex won’t agree to it. What can I do?

You can come meet with me and talk about that first, as usually that’s a pretty lengthy story that’s not best answered in a FAQ section. In short, it depends on whether you have a court order or not. I prefer to inform the other parent of the services available, and invite them to meet with me to discuss their concerns. Sometimes the other parent is worried that it might somehow make things worse, or that I’m going to work with the other parent against them. I only want to work for the best interest of the child. Children and adolescents must have permission from a parent or legal guardian before receiving services. Confidential information will be shared with a parent or legal guardian only if the child or adolescent is in imminent physical or emotional danger.

What type of issues with my kids are you best able to handle?

I believe play therapy is suitable for many different issues. I’ve worked with kids with anxiety, grief and loss whether it’s from a death in the family, or from changes to the family because of separation and divorce. I’ve worked with kids where there’s been behavior issues and anger. I’ve worked with kids with low mood, who are withdrawn. Trauma, whether it’s from car accidents or medical issues can also be helped with play therapy.

Are my step-kids ever going to listen to me?

Well, I hope so! I believe that if you come in we can come up with some strategies that you can implement right away, and start feeling like you’re being heard and no longer walking on eggshells.

How long is this going to take?

Play therapy goes through some interesting stages – there’s the warm up, getting to know each other. Then there’s a bit of a honeymoon where they are doing good, and things seem to be improving! It’s working! They’re feeling heard and they like what’s happening. Then things escalate, behaviors might come up, or they start acting younger than they are. This is normal, they are seeing if we can handle their hurt, we don’t give up yet. Then, they move into this place where, they start to want to do normal things like play with a friend after school instead of going to counselling. Excellent! Then we know we’re on our way to transition out. We can start seeing each other less and less. They’re not feeling like they need it anymore. This can take a few months, or many months. I wish I could give a scientific precise order.

If you have any other questions I didn’t answer here, please feel free to give me a call or contact me on my page, or go ahead and book a meet & greet appointment with me here:

(250) 714-1641

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