“Relationships are the agents of change and the most powerful therapy is human love.”
Bruce D. Perry
As a parent/caregiver, you have in your presence, the unique and complex role of contributing to the wellbeing and development of another human being. The role of parent/caregiver is a gift bringing with it great rewards when we witness our children succeed, grow, and thrive. However, when our children experience painful events, struggle with their emotions, behaviours, or relational connectivity to others, parents may experience fear, anxiety, worry and uncertainty regarding their children’s wellbeing. It is okay to need help or support at times to assist our children in moments of distress, sadness, worry, or coping with painful events. Although it may be helpful for your child see a therapist to overcome some challenges, it is my firm belief that the most important factor facilitating your child’s growth is the love and support they receive from you.
“When we can talk about our feelings, they become less overwhelming, less upsetting, and less scary.”
Through the use of play, art, or sandtray, children can begin to communicate their inner worlds. This form of communication, also provides a safe way of externalizing feelings that may be too overwhelming to talk about directly, but also, a vehicle to make explicit that which a child cannot find language to express. My hope is to support your child not only to safely identify and express their inner realities; act as a safe container for this to occur; better understand the positive and protective intent of the challenges they experience; and support them to experience a healing and reparative experience in session.
People have said, “Don’t cry’ to other people for years and years, and
all it has ever meant is, ‘I’m too uncomfortable when you show your feelings.
Don’t cry.’ I’d rather have them say, ‘Go ahead and cry. I’m here to be with you.’
Thank you for visiting my site. If you are struggling with feelings of worry, anxiety, sadness, or anger; if you question your sense of worth and compare yourself to others; if you have nightmares and difficulty falling asleep; or if you have had negative life events that happened to you and are open to talking to someone, coming to therapy may help you cope with the challenges listed above.
You’re not alone in how you’re feeling, many individuals struggle to cope for a number of different reasons. What’s important to know is that there is hope, and you can find your way back to feeling more anchored and resourced.
Whether we use talk as our main way to communicate, sandtray, art, or EMDR, just as you are unique, it’s important to discover what will be most helpful to support you. There is no magic therapy cure, it takes time to feel better, but it is worth the effort to invest in yourself and in your wellbeing.