Play Therapy in Fairview, Vancouver, BC

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Photo of Kristin Schneck, Psychologist in Fairview, Vancouver, BC
Kristin Schneck
Psychologist, MC
Verified
1 Endorsed
Verified
1 Endorsed
I use an integrative trauma-informed approach that encompasses aspects of Attachment Theory, Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT), Dialectical Behaviour Therapy (DBT), Internal Family Systems Therapy (IFS), Narrative Therapy, Emotion-Focused Therapy, Solution-Focused Therapy, and Expressive Art and Play Therapy depending on the needs of my clients.
As a Registered Psychologist in both British Columbia and Alberta. I provide individual therapy for children, adolescents, and adults and parent counselling sessions. I have extensive experience working with adults, adolescents, children, and families in both acute care and community mental health settings in various mental health roles. I provide treatment for issues related to early childhood experiences, trauma, anxiety, anger, depression, emotion regulation difficulties, self-esteem, relationships, divorce and separation, parenting, and stress.
(587) 318-2233
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Fairview
Vancouver, BC V5Z
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Lisa Y Brooks
Counsellor, MS, OTR/L, RCC
Verified
1 Endorsed
Verified
1 Endorsed
I utilize play therapy , expressive art therapy, role play to support children in building self regulation skills.
Is your child struggling in school or at home with anxiety or self regulation? Are you as a caregiver feeling overwhelmed, burned out and out of answers on how to support your child? Are these feelings and challenges impacting the quality of life of your family and you're looking for a safe space to find support for you and your child? Welcome! With over a decade of experience in child development, whether you are a new parent in the postpartum phase or a seasoned parent with multiple kids, I can provide guidance to help your child and yourself gain new skills in co-regulation and strategies to support the journey of parenthood.
(236) 900-3129
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Fairview
Vancouver, BC V6H
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Vicky Probert
Counsellor, MA, RCC
Verified
3 Endorsed
Verified
3 Endorsed
Accepting new clients. Vicky has supported the emotional and psychological health of children and families for over 20 years. Vicky brings extensive experience working with children and families within child welfare, adoption, addiction, mental health and community settings. She has a special focus in play therapy and supporting parents and children with their relationship. Vicky works from a strengths based, trauma and culturally informed lens. Vicky has training in Play Therapy , Synergetic Play Therapy , Filial Therapy, Parent Child Attachment Therapy, Circle of Security, CBT, DBT, Solution Focused therapy and Child Development.
(450) 234-6054
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Fairview
Vancouver, BC V6J
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Shalene Takara
Counsellor, MA, RCC
Verified
4 Endorsed
Verified
4 Endorsed
She also specializes in family therapy that is attachment-focused and trauma-informed and integrates in therapeutic play to help strengthen bonds between parent/caregivers and children of all ages.
Shalene Takara is a Registered Clinical Counsellor (RCC), clinical supervisor, and the owner of Safe Space Counselling Services based in Vancouver, BC, Canada. She holds a Master of Arts in Counselling Psychology and has been working in the field of mental health since 2009. Since 2012, she has been providing individual, couples and family therapy in non-profit, community agency, and private practice settings. She specializes in helping individuals, couples, parents and children strengthen relationships, nurture connection, heal from family-of-origin issues, and support social and emotional well-being, growth and development.
(888) 407-5978
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Fairview
Vancouver, BC V6J
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Julianna Hunt Counselling
Counsellor, MC, RCC
Verified
2 Endorsed
Verified
2 Endorsed
I work directly with children/teens using Play Therapy /Expressive Therapy techniques to support them in expressing and processing what they are struggling with.
CURRENTLY ACCEPTING NEW ADULT AND CHILD CLIENTS, CALL ME FOR A COMPLEMENTARY CONSULTATION. My experience and passion is creating a safe and supportive space to work with children, teens and adults suffering from: family communication breakdown, anxiety, depression, school issues, low self-esteem, family/romantic/friendship relationship issues, divorce, grief, trauma and parenting challenges.
(778) 651-5335
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Fairview
Vancouver, BC V6J
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Carol Alexander
Counsellor, MA, RCC
Verified
2 Endorsed
Verified
2 Endorsed
I specialize in parent child play therapy , therapeutic parenting, family therapy and EMDR.
Are you struggling to maintain positive relationships at work, with your partner, within your family, and with your children? Are you a parent who is struggling with your child's behaviour while managing your expectations? I am a Registered Clinical Counsellor providing therapeutic interventions for individuals, parents, adolescents and children. My areas of expertise include trauma, anxiety, self-regulation, and parenting.
(236) 239-0628
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Fairview
Vancouver, BC V6H
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FASD Institute - Natascha Lawrence and Associates
Counsellor, MA, RCC, BCRPT
Verified
Verified
Natascha Lawrence (she/her/hers pronouns) is a Registered Clinical Counsellor, BC Registered Play Therapist, and Certified Synergetic Play Therapist Supervisor. Natascha is a multiracial POC and first generation Canadian. Natascha specializes in working with children, youth, and adults with neurodiversity such as FASD, ASD, and ADHD. Natascha also specializes in supporting folx who have experiences complex trauma. With over 15 years of experience, Natascha has experience working with folx across different modalities. More importantly, Natascha is a caregiver to an amazing child diagnosed with FASD.
(778) 400-7966
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Fairview
Vancouver, BC V6H
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Harbourside Family Counseling Centre
Counsellor
Verified
Verified
Our resident play therapist, Krystle Sivorot, and our young adult and adolescent specialist, Bonnie Zargari, form our core clinical group.
Harbourside Family Counseling Centre is a collective of trained professionals who provide evidence-based assessment, consultation and treatment to people of all ages who seek greater happiness and fulfillment in their lives. We use science-based approaches and techniques applied to the goals of positive emotion, mindfulness and community connection, which is one of the highest predictors of happiness and well-being.
(778) 906-8821
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Fairview
Vancouver, BC V6J
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Barb N. Aronchick-Zachernuk
Counsellor, MA, MEd, CCC, RCC, RPTSCPT
Verified
1 Endorsed
Verified
1 Endorsed
Since words alone do not always tell the full picture, I use my additional training in Play Therapies, Art, Drama, and movement to help clients and myself see what the misunderstandings, pain, confusion, and grief are about.
Human beings are complicated- and so often we attempt to reach out to others using words to express our thoughts, our emotions, and our behaviours. With children/youth, we see additional communication barriers because of fewer words and limited life experiences. Being part of a family system should bring safety and emotional support to each family member, but sometimes the family, on its own, cannot do this. This is my work- we become partners in the process of change- discovering strengths, and building on them.
(604) 837-0484
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Fairview
Vancouver, BC V6J
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Jay Hails
Counsellor, MEd, CCC, MBACP
Verified
Verified
If you’re overwhelmed or stuck, or you’ve lost something precious, I can help. If your child is struggling with feelings, or behaviour, or learning, I can help with that, too. My strength lies in helping you identify and celebrate your own unique strengths. I'm certified by the CCPA, and for years I've worked with people of all ages and diverse backgrounds. I offer my clients empathy, respect, curiosity, and honesty.
(604) 265-5442
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Fairview
Vancouver, BC V5Z
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Future Ready Minds- The Dolphin Way
MD, FRCPC
Verified
Verified
At Future-ready Minds our team is passionate about preparing children for their future. We offer a wide range of clinical and counselling services for children, teens, and families at a number of offices located throughout Vancouver and the Fraser Valley. We also offer online (virtual) therapy services throughout BC – a convenient option that allows families to prioritize their mental health and wellness. All clinicians work under the treatment plan supervision and oversight of Psychiatrist Dr. Shimi Kang (MD, FRCPC).
(705) 990-1406
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Fairview
Vancouver, BC V5Z
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Creative Connections Counselling
MA, AT, RCC, ACS
Verified
1 Endorsed
Verified
1 Endorsed
My intention is to bear witness to your journey. I am a client centered therapist formally trained in a trauma-informed and attachment informed practice. I engage in different modalities to meet the needs of the client. I am formally trained in evidence based interventions to support the whole self.
(236) 349-5023
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Fairview
Vancouver, BC V5Z
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Not accepting new clients
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Mia Anthony
Counsellor, BS, MA, RCC
Verified
1 Endorsed
Verified
1 Endorsed
Reaching out for help is a huge step and can be uncomfortable and I believe that building a trusting and safe environment is essential. I help my clients become empowered and active participants to work through challenges such as loss, grief, life transitions, trauma, low mood, anger, and finding meaning in their lives. My previous career as a teacher and athletic coach as well as my Masters in Counselling Psychology have helped provide me with many different perspectives. I work with individuals ranging from youth to adults of any gender and sexual orientation.
(604) 330-8179
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Fairview
Vancouver, BC V5Z
Not accepting new clients
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Sara Brown
Counsellor, MA, RTC
Verified
Verified
Reaching out for the support of counsellor or therapist is a courageous step towards identifying and exploring new ways of engaging with life. I offer an integrative approach that provides a safe, confidential, and non-judgemental space for you to embark on this journey. My primary method is expressive arts therapy which utilizes the imagination and creative expression to increase self awareness, promote growth and facilitate healing. I also draw on other theories, including: Somatic Experiencing, internal family systems, and mindfulness based practices
(604) 227-9806
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Fairview
Vancouver, BC V6J
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Alla Nikonova
Psychologist, PhD, RPsych
Verified
Verified
Would you be interested in finding out how your seemingly irrational thoughts, feelings and actions do make perfect sense taking into account your state of mind at a given point in time and under certain circumstances? That could ease your worries and give you proper comfort to practice mindfulness -- moment-to-moment awareness of your experiences without attachment to any particular point of view. You would reach then clarity of mind and lightness. I would help you develop awareness in the course of insight-oriented therapy. I could also provide action-oriented therapy by making suggestions and jointly designing strategies.
(855) 782-5865
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Fairview
Vancouver, BC V5Z
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Vancouver Child Psychology
Psychologist, PhD, RPsych
Verified
Verified
Dr. Limbos is a registered psychologist who specializes in child psychology, working with children, youth and their families. Our objective is to help children realize their full potential through psychological assessment and treatment. Dr. Limbos has a broad range of experience in clinical and school psychology and will conduct a comprehensive assessment, and formulate a treatment plan for children who present with issues including the following: learning disabilities, giftedness, developmental/intellectual disabilities, autism, ADHD, behavior difficulties, depression, anxiety, adjustment difficulties, self-esteem, divorce, and substance abuse. Dr. focuses on providing timely and professional services for children, adolescents and their families.
(604) 210-1829
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Fairview
Vancouver, BC V5Z
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Marcelle Sophia Blancato
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, PhD, RSW, RCC
Verified
1 Endorsed
Verified
1 Endorsed
Divorce is a challenging time for all family members. For children it can be especially difficult. My philosophical approach when addressing the challenges children face as well as their parents is Two Hearts One Home. If the divorce is high conflict overcoming challenges often require a team approach. The Family Co- Parenting Centre is an association of Independent professionals serving Vancouver, Richmond, Delta and Surrey.
(778) 200-3584
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Fairview
Vancouver, BC V6H
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Sara Kinakin - Kin-to-Kin
Registered Psychotherapist, RTC
Verified
Verified
I work with those of you who have come from cult like experiences or oppressive relationships. I do body centered therapy using various techniques that help to re-connect you to your true and authentic Self. I know that sometimes the gravity of where you were seems unbelievable. I can assure you, that if you do the work, you will have more joy. - - I offer a free 30 minute exploration session so that you can meet me and I can learn about what you need. - - Warmly, Sara.
(604) 243-1430
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Fairview
Vancouver, BC V6J
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Gillian Tuyp
Counsellor, MCP, RCC
Verified
1 Endorsed
Verified
1 Endorsed
At the core of Gillian's theoretical approach is connection, empathy, collaboration and empowerment. Her focus on building a strong therapeutic relationship ensures that every client feels safe and unconditionally supported as she guides them in developing greater self-awareness. Gillian has provided treatment to children, youth, and families of various socioeconomic and cultural backgrounds in both acute and community mental health settings. A significant portion of her clinical experience has come from working in non-profit organizations such as the Mood Disorders Association of BC and Cameray Child and Family Services.
(587) 801-4841
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Fairview
Vancouver, BC V6H
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Dana Begg
Counsellor, MCP, RCC
Verified
Verified
Are you struggling to cope with life’s stressors, overcome challenges in life, or feel connected to yourself and others? I help people who feel anxious or lost in life feel a lot less anxious and gather new insight. I have worked with individuals struggling with anxiety, depression, trauma, stress, relationships, gender identity, and more.
(778) 718-8759
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Fairview
Vancouver, BC V5Z
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Play Therapy Counsellors

Who is play therapy for?

Play therapy is generally targeted to children between the ages of 3 and 11 who have social, emotional, or behavioral difficulties. Play therapy has also been found helpful for children who have experienced physical or emotional abuse or witnessed atrocities. Play therapy is also often recommended for children who are undergoing major medical procedures or who are suffering from chronic illness; many children’s hospitals are equipped to offer play therapy on-site. Play therapy is also sometimes used for adults; creative writing, music, and art are expressive forms that can all be adapted for therapeutic purposes.

Why do people need play therapy?

Children often do not have the language skills or words to know or to express what is troubling them. Yet they often spontaneously draw or use playthings to depict scenarios that reflect problems in their everyday life. Play therapy provides children with an array of objects and play situations to act out their feelings or experiences so that therapists can get a clear picture of what children might be struggling with and help them find solutions. In addition, play therapists are skilled at helping children understand their inner experience and find words for them, necessary steps toward helping children learn to control their own behavior and come up with solutions to problems they encounter.

What happens in play therapy?

A child enters a comfortable playroom where they are free to choose the objects they want to play with. The play therapist will typically observe how they play with the toys—whether a sandbox, puppets, dolls and action figures, trucks, costumes, drawing and painting materials, or more—because such play provides clues to a child’s family and social relationships, difficulties they are encountering in the world, and what going on inside themselves. Sometimes the therapist may ask the child to use the play objects to tell a story about their family. Using the same instruments of play, therapists can help children discover more advantageous ways of thinking and behaving.

What kinds of problems do play therapists treat?

Play therapy can help children who display destructive or self-destructive impulses; children who seem angry, sad, or fearful; children who experience frequent social, emotional, family, or school difficulty. Play therapy is often of value to children who have experienced a loss or distressing family experience, who are regularly exposed to family conflict, or who have been physically or emotionally abused. Play therapy can help children who are perpetrators of bullying as well as those who are targets of bullying. It helps children learn to identify their feelings, to express them in constructive ways, and to regulate them so they can get on with the business of development.

How long does play therapy last?

Play therapy sessions may last for 30 to 45 minutes, and they usually occur weekly for about 20 sessions. Each session is tailored to the individual child and the kinds of problems they are struggling with. Play that is highly repetitive often indicates a problem requiring further exploration. Therapists typically measure progress through session-to-session changes in play behavior.