Kerry Counselling

Clinical Counselling Services

Counselling Service

Child Counselling 5-12yrs

Kerry offers her uniquely designed sequential play-based, child-centered counselling model in a safe, fun, and supportive space.

This engaging, sequential play-based model progresses at the child's pace with a focus on forming a trusting, therapeutic relationship. Kerry's therapeutic approach is based on Trauma-Informed Cognitive Behavioural Therapy, Play and Art Therapy, and Mindful Self-Compassion (MSC). Kerry's play-based model includes the use of toys, stories, games, art/crafts, pet therapy, movement, relaxation techniques, puppets and more.

Please Note:

  •  Children aged 5-12 years are welcome with the support and consent of their parents/guardians.

  • Parent/guardians will need to be available for the first session (intake) and possible future feedback sessions.

  •  The first session (intake) includes a comprehensive assessment report. Goals and a therapeutic plan will be collaboratively created for counselling services and subsequent sessions will be determined at this time.

  • As Parent/guardians are the main agents of change in a child's life, involvement is crucial for this age-group in order to achieve mental health, and social/emotional goals.

Counselling Service

Youth Counselling 12-19yrs Adult Counselling 19yrs+

Kerry provides counselling service for a wide range of mental health symptoms and disorders for youth and adults using a client-centered model and focussing on the therapetuic relationship.

Kerry's therapeutic approach is based on Trauma-Informed Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (TI-CBT), and Mindful Self-Compassion (MSC). Kerry welcomes all clients including from LGBTQ2IA+ and BIPOC communities.

Kerry can help provide therapeutic clinical counselling services for symptoms including; chronic pain, stress management, grief, depressive disorders, general anxiety, specific anxiety disorders (ie: obsessive compulsive disorder, social anxiety, school anxiety, fears & phobias), suicide ideation, suicide risk assessment, self-harm ideation, self-harm risk assessment, school avoidance, career counselling, PTSD, complex trauma, developmental disorders (Autism Spectrum Disorder, ADHD), sleep issues, eating and feeding disorders, psychosis, bipolar and related disorders, personality disorders, Degenerative Brain Disorders (Alzheimers, Dementia, Parkinsons), and Traumatic Brain Injury (concussion).

Please Note:

  • Recommendation to have parent/guardian consent for youth, however, youth may not need parental consent as a mature minor according to the Infants Act. Please contact Kerry for more info if needed.

  • Clinical counselling may involve assessments for gaining greater understanding of symptoms. Clinical counsellors help treat symptoms that may get in the way of an individuals day-to-day functioning. Assessments in counselling are not used for diagnosis. For diagnosis, please visit with Medical Doctor (MD) and/or medical specialist.

Counselling Service

Family Support

Emotion Focussed Family Therapy

Emotion Focused Family Therapy follows the principles and practices of Emotionally Focused Therapy to restore connection and promote resilience in family relationships. The principle goal of EFFT is to re-establish more secure family patterns where attachment and caregiving responses are effective and emotional bonds are repaired. These resources inform a network of security that provides the flexibility and closeness necessary for families to promote individual growth and meaningful relationships across generations. Includes emotion coaching, behaviour coaching, and parent support.

Theraplay inspired Family Therapy

Theraplay is structured therapeutic counselling process to help build and repair relationships and develop healthy, secure attachment among child and guardian/parent.

Theraplay has been shown to help build safe, secure relationships with adoptive families, foster families, and families struggling in relationships.

In treatment, the parent and child are guided through playful, fun games, developmentally challenging activities, and tender, nurturing activities. The very act of engaging each other in this way helps the parent regulate the child's behavior and communicate love, joy, and safety to the child. It helps the child feel secure, cared for, connected and worthy.

An initial assessment and discussion will be needed to determine if Theraplay is the right therapeutic modality for you and your child.