Counselling

At The Wishing Star Lapointe Developmental Clinic we have a team of highly skilled Registered Psychologists and Registered Clinical Counsellors who are able to provide support to infants, children, adolescents, young adults, and parents.

Infants (birth to 8 years)

The foundation of who we are is informed in a significant way by our experiences in infancy and early childhood. Research tells us that the most important key to providing a child the best possible opportunity to develop to their fullest potential is ensuring that a child experiences a wonderfully nurturing relationship with one or more caring adults.

There are many reasons why this special relationship between a young child and their big person might be off to a difficult start, including:

  • Postpartum depression
  • Situational factors that resulted in a child being separated from one of their big people through death, illness, divorce, or some other form of separation
  • Adoption
  • Foster care
  • Characteristics of the child that can lead to challenging behaviours, including having a highly sensitive child or a child who is attentionally disregulated

Each of these reasons, and many others not listed here, can result in challenges such as difficult behaviour, meltdowns and tantrums, the feeling of not liking your child, a child who struggles managing at preschool or school, and a child who has difficulties navigating the peer environment.

The Wishing Star is one of a select number of practices in the country who are able to provide informed support services for infants and young children. Our therapists have a broad range of specialized training in Infant Mental Health. Depending on individual needs and situations, support may include Play Therapy, Parent Support, Talk Therapy, and Parent & Child Relationship Therapy.

Children (6 to 12 years)

Childhood is a time of incredible growth and development. For many children, it is also a time of immense change that can feel unsettling, including introduction to the formal school system, the challenge of navigating the social world with their peers, the expectations of performance at school and in various extracurricular activities, and an increasing sense of the sometimes distressing state of affairs in the world around them. For some children, this period of development is complicated even further by traumatic experiences, a history of difficulties in early childhood, experiences of loss through death or other separations (including divorce), and experiences with adoption and/or placement in the foster care system.

The result can be a child who:

  • Is feeling anxious, depressed or is experiencing mood related challenges
  • Is behaviourally challenging
  • Refuses to attend school or experiences significant upset attending school
  • Gets into trouble at school, regardless of the consequences
  • Becomes socially anxious (even to the extent of selective mutism)
  • Is generally frustrated
  • Has aggressive behaviours

The Wishing Star is able to offer support to children through a variety of approaches including Play Therapy, Parent Support, and Talk Therapy. Our therapists have a wide repertoire of skills pulling from a variety of clinical applications and practice. Our goal is to help you and your child settle into a caring therapeutic environment where you feel heard, to support you as a parent in understanding and responding to your child’s needs, and to facilitate an improved level of functioning and general well-being.

Adolescents / Young Adults (13 to 18 years / 18 to 25 years)

Adolescence and young adulthood represent unique periods in development where the child pushes forward to increasing independence while holding on to their inherent need for dependence. This shift can be a time of wonderful discovery as well as dismal confusion. Adolescent children and young adults are increasingly aware of the stresses in the world around them, are beginning to face into the uncertainty of what the future holds for them, and have the overwhelming task of managing in today’s social environment. The lure of social media, video games, and other digital media that present real dangers in terms of isolation and victimization add yet another layer to a very complex period in development. Our most common referrals for adolescents and young adults include:

  • Heightened levels of anxiety
  • The onset of depressive symptoms
  • Early involvement with drugs and/or alcohol
  • Experience of trauma through sexual or physical aggression
  • Conflict with parents
  • Conflict with peers
  • Experiences with relational and/or physical bullying
  • Sexual Promiscuity

The support that The Wishing Star is able to offer to adolescents and young adults includes Talk Therapy and Parent Consultation. For some adolescents and young adults, the use of Play Therapy is also appropriate. Our therapists will be focused on creating an emotionally safe and supportive environment, on providing nurturing support and intuitive guidance to help understanding grow from the inside out, and on encouraging the adolescent/young adult to a place of confident empowerment in stepping into their independence with a healthy focus on connection and relationships.

Occupational Therapy
Ccounselling
Psychoeducational Assessments
Parent Consultation
Workshops for Professionals & Parents
Parent Groups
Home Based Parent Support
Learning Support
Child Care / School Services
Adult Transition Assessments
Autism Assessments
Speech and Language Therapy
Yoga for Emotional Support
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