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    Online Therapy for Children and Adolescents

    Although the provincial government is allowing therapy to occur in person, their intent, as well as our regulatory Colleges, is that we should still use extreme caution and have encouraged us to still reduce or limit face to face therapy whenever possible because health risks are still high. We care about your safety, therefore, we will only be conducting face to face under extreme circumstances. When booking an online session for you child or teen, the therapist will assess the need during your first session and together you will decide whether face to face or online would be the best for your child.

    Children’s therapy at Bayridge Counselling Centre always begins with the social, emotional, and behavioural needs of a child. Your child’s treatment plan is based on their unique needs.

    The COVID-19 pandemic has seen our world turned upside down in so many ways, and children’s therapy is no different. Without online therapy, children and teens would not receive the vital support they need.

    Online therapy has proven to be effective for both children and teens. The success of online therapy is about a comprehensive assessment of your child’s needs.

    Bayridge Counselling Centres has over 20 years’ experience helping children, teens, and families. No matter the issue, we’re here to help.

    Some of the common issues our registered therapists see through online therapy include:

    • anxiety
    • anger management
    • communication
    • behavioural issues
    • unhealthy family dynamics
    • mood swings
    • low self-esteem
    • blending families
    • separation and divorce
    • grief
    • and many others

    So how does online therapy differ from face to face for your child?

    Online child and teen therapy require some level of engagement in order to be successful. Some people may think online therapy may be an obstacle to fostering engagement;however, many of our clients’ children have reported experiencing the exact opposite outcome.

    Every day we hear the stories of increased engagement with online therapy, as kids are often most comfortable in their ownhomes and communicating online. This greater comfort seems to produce increased levels of honesty, transparency, and engagement -all essential ingredients of positive change.

    So how do our therapists engage with children or teens in online therapy sessions? We hear stories from clients of frequent virtual house tours where a child excitedly walks their therapist through their favourite spaces. Similarly, “show and tell” is a common occurrence during online therapy – the child shares cherished stuffed animals, toys, pictures, trophies, and/or memorabilia that have special meaning for them. What better way to assess and really learn about a child than through their most meaningful personal artefacts.

    With the increased prevalence and accessibility of technology, COVID-19 restrictions should not be reasonsto keep a child in need from accessing therapy. Online therapy is a viable optionand parents are encouraged to explore this route so their children’s social, emotional, and behavioural needs do not go unmet.

    Please feel free to reach out to us at any time with any questions you may have. We are always here to help.

    Bayridge Counselling, here for families since 2000.

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