Relationship Therapy Centre

Child Therapy

Therapy for your child so they can actually have a childhood.

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Repair Together

Repair their sense of safety and happiness by identifying, understanding and responding to your child’s needs.

Build Confidence

Have your child feel confident in being their authentic self and trusting they will be loved and accepted because of it.

Increase success

Identify strengths and gain strategies so your child succeeds academically and socially.

‘I should understand what my child is going through and know how to help them.’

But it’s not always that simple.

Many parents and caregivers can find themselves looking for support from others when they feel out of their depth.
Therapy can provide you with the psychoeducation and insight you need to provide the understanding and care your child needs to get them back to being able to enjoy a childhood.

 

Children Express How They Feel Differently Than Adults

There can be many experiences that children go through where it may be challenging for them to identify what they are thinking or feeling or explain why they are behaving as they are.

Instead, they often present with big emotions, withdrawal, and other behaviour changes.

Signs it may be helpful to seek child therapy:

Regression

Regression, where a child appears to backtrack from previously achieved developmental milestones, could indicate a need for child therapy. This may manifest as a reversal in skills or behaviors they once mastered, such as sudden difficulties with communication, social interaction, or personal hygiene tasks.

Seeking therapy can provide the child with tailored support to address underlying issues causing the regression, helping them regain lost skills and navigate developmental challenges more effectively.

When a child faces challenges at school, whether academically or socially, it can be a clear indicator that they may benefit from child therapy. These challenges may manifest as academic struggles, such as difficulty focusing on tasks or following through on assignments, which can ultimately impact their grades and overall performance. Socially, the child may experience frequent conflicts with peers or have difficulty forming and maintaining friendships, leading to feelings of isolation or exclusion.

Through therapy the child can develop coping strategies, improving their academic performance, and foster healthier social relationships, ultimately enhancing their  success in school and overall well-being.

Changes in appetite, whether sudden or extreme, can often signify underlying emotional distress. These shifts may manifest as significant changes in eating habits, including sudden loss of appetite or excessive eating.

Seeking child therapy can provide valuable support in identifying the root causes of these appetite changes, exploring the emotional factors contributing to them, and developing effective coping strategies. Additionally, therapy aims to address all aspects of the child’s well-being that may be impacted by these changes, fostering a holistic approach to support their mental and physical health. Through therapy, children can learn to better understand and manage their emotions, leading to healthier relationships with food and improved overall well-being.

A child presenting with sudden and intense emotional outbursts, seemingly disconnected from and disproportionate to the situation, can leave parents/caregivers feeling confused and worried. 

Such outbursts may signal underlying emotional struggles that could benefit from the support of child therapy. Such therapy can offer valuable tools and strategies to help the child manage their emotions effectively, fostering healthier and more balanced interactions with others.

When children exhibit somatic symptoms, such as headaches or stomachaches, without a clear medical cause, it can be a sign that they may benefit from child therapy. These physical complaints often reflect underlying emotional distress or psychological issues that the child may be experiencing.

Child therapy provides a safe and supportive environment for the child to explore and express their emotions, helping them understand the connection between their physical symptoms and their emotional well-being. By addressing these underlying issues in therapy, children can learn effective coping strategies and improve their overall mental and physical health.

Destructive behaviour in children, such as aggression, self-harm, or property damage, can be a significant indicator that they may benefit from child therapy. These behaviours often indicate further underlying emotional distress, unresolved trauma, or difficulty in coping with challenging situations.

Child therapy provides a safe and supportive space for children to explore and understand the root causes of their behaviour. They can learn healthier ways to express and manage emotions, develop coping skills, and build resilience. 

Sleep disturbances in children, such as difficulty falling asleep, frequently awaking during the night, or nightmares, can often be indicators of underlying emotional difficulties that may warrant child therapy. These disruptions in sleep patterns may result from trauma, anxiety, stress, or other emotional challenges.

Child therapy provides a supportive environment where children can explore and address the underlying issues contributing to their sleep disturbances. We work with children to develop coping strategies, manage emotions, and promote healthy sleep habits, ultimately aiming to improve their overall well-being and quality of life.

Difficulty maintaining attention and focus can manifest as distractibility, impulsivity, or difficulty staying on task, which can impact academic performance, social interactions, and daily functioning.

Child therapy provides a supportive environment where children can explore the underlying factors contributing to their attention and focus challenges, such as ADHD, anxiety, or trauma. We can develop strategies to improve attention and focus, enhance self-regulation skills, and address any emotional or behavioral issues that may be interfering with their ability to concentrate. By addressing these challenges in therapy, children can experience improved academic success, better social relationships, and enhanced overall well-being.

 
 

Resistance to rules can present as defiance, oppositional behaviour, or a persistent refusal to comply with rules or expectations at home, school, or elsewhere. Such behaviour can lead to conflicts with parents, teachers, and peers.

Child therapy provides a safe and supportive space for children to explore the underlying reasons for their resistance, which may include underlying emotional issues, trauma, or difficulty regulating emotions. We work to develop coping skills, improve communication, and address underlying issues contributing to their resistance to rules, ultimately fostering healthier behaviour and relationships. 

Fatigue or excessive tiredness in children can often result from various underlying factors, including emotional distress, stress, anxiety, depression, or unresolved trauma. Fatigue can impact a child’s daily functioning, including their ability to concentrate, engage in activities, and effectively interact with others.

Child therapy provides a safe and supportive space for children to explore the root causes of their fatigue and develop coping strategies to address them. We work to identify and manage stressors, process difficult emotions, and build resilience. By addressing these underlying issues in therapy, children can experience improved energy levels, better emotional well-being, and enhanced overall quality of life.

Selective mutism is where a child does not speak in specific social situations despite being capable of speech in other contexts. This condition often stems from underlying anxiety or social phobia, making it challenging for the child to communicate verbally in certain settings, such as school or social gatherings.

Child therapy provides a safe and supportive environment to explore and address the underlying anxieties or fears contributing to their selective mutism. We support children in gradually overcoming their communication difficulties and build confidence in expressing themselves. By addressing selective mutism in therapy, children can experience increased comfort and confidence in social situations, leading to improved communication and overall well-being.

Isolation can present as a child consistently withdrawing from social interactions with preference to be alone. This behaviour may result from various underlying factors, including social anxiety, depression, trauma, bullying, or difficulties in forming connections with others. Isolation can impact a child’s emotional well-being, development of social skills, and overall sense of belonging.

Child therapy provides a safe and supportive space for children to explore the reasons behind their isolation and develop strategies to overcome it. We work to improve self-esteem, communication skills, and address any underlying emotional issues contributing to their social withdrawal. Additionally, therapy can help children learn how to navigate social situations more effectively, develop healthy relationships, and feel more connected to others. 

We offer in-person child therapy in Mississauga and Burlington, and online across Ontario, Alberta, and BC.

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Why Work With Us

As humans, we have two fundamental needs; to be connected with ourselves, and to experience belonging with others.

When we shift our perspective from criticism, internally or externally, and turn to curiosity, we begin to create space for compassion, accountability, change, and growth.

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At Relationship Therapy Centre:

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How Our Child Therapy Works

The general aim when children access therapy is to help them better identify and understand their thoughts and feelings and to co-develop the skills and resources with their primary supports to be the most healthy, happy and successful.

At Relationship Therapy Centre, we work systemically and relationally. This means that when any young person accesses therapy, we recognize that they have connections to parents, caregivers and communities that exist beyond who might make it into the therapy session.

With this in mind, there are times where it can be helpful to invite these people into the therapy process where children may be best supported in family therapy. There may also be times where privacy in individual therapy can be best when navigating therapy for children.

At Relationship Therapy Centre, therapy for children is a service accessed by those up to the age of 12, where after that, they may be better suited for therapy for teens. Whether the child proceeds with therapy in the context of individual or family therapy is determined collaboratively with the appropriate parent/caregiver/guardian/decision maker, the child (depending on their developmental age and stage), and the therapist.

Several of our therapists have years of experience in early childhood education, children’s mental health agencies, school systems, and/or are parents themselves. We understand through personal and professional experiences, the importance of children’s mental health and are committed to ensuring best practice decision making for you and your children.

Therapy can be a great resource for children and their families to best tend to emotional, mental, behavioural challenges and to provide psychoeducation, resources and sustainable and meaningful therapeutic interventions.

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Our Approach to Session Structure

Individual sessions in child therapy can be invaluable for developing a deep connection between the therapist and the child. During these one-on-one sessions, the therapist creates a safe space where the child is supported and gently encouraged to freely express their thoughts, emotions, and concerns. Depending on their age, developmental stage and individuality, the therapist will engage the child in individual dialogue, activities, or role play. The aim is for the therapist to gain insight into the child’s unique experiences, challenges, resources and strengths, allowing for personalized therapeutic interventions tailored to their specific needs.

Further, these sessions provide the child with a sense of autonomy and empowerment as they learn to navigate their emotions and develop effective coping strategies. 

Parent sessions play a vital role in the therapeutic journey of your child by offering a dedicated space for you to actively engage in their progress and well-being. These 1:1 parent sessions provide an opportunity for open dialogue and collaboration between you and the child’s therapist, where concerns, questions, and observations about your child’s development and therapy journey can be discussed in depth.

By participating in parent sessions, you gain valuable insights into your child’s therapeutic process, learning how to effectively support and reinforce the strategies and techniques introduced in therapy within the home environment. Additionally, these sessions empower you with a deeper understanding of your child’s needs, strengths, and challenges, enabling you to cultivate a more supportive and nurturing environment that fosters their emotional growth and resilience.

Through ongoing communication and guidance offered in parent sessions, your integral role in your child’s life, well being and therapeutic journey is utilized. You facilitate positive outcomes and long-term success in their overall well-being.

Joint sessions in child therapy are where parent and child engage with the therapist in a 2:1 session. This can be invaluable for developing a deep connection with the therapist as the child may be reserved and hesitant in speaking with a stranger (and rightfully so!). 

These sessions are a unique opportunity for both you and your child to actively engage in the therapeutic process together, fostering a deeper connection and understanding within your relationship. These sessions provide a supportive environment where you and your child can explore and address shared concerns, communication patterns, and relational dynamics under the guidance of a trained child therapist.

By navigating these sessions together, you strengthen your bond with your child while simultaneously learning effective strategies to support their emotional growth and well-being. Additionally, participating in therapy sessions as a duo allows for real-time practice of new skills and techniques learned in therapy, promoting greater consistency and integration of therapeutic principles into your daily interactions at home. 

FAQs

Frequently Asked Questions

The decision to engage in therapy can be quite challenging, and even more so if/when there are differeing opinions on the helpfulness of it. Ideally, when considering engaging a child in therapy both parents are on the same page about this. It can be helpful to communicate with one another to try to come to mutual understanding of what might be in the best interest of the child.
At times, prior to a child engaging in therapy, it can be helpful for co-parents to seek support, even if just to process their beliefs, questions, fears and hopes for their child’s engagement in therapy. If parents are unable to get to a mutual agreement about therapy, we may then need to consider whether there are legal decision making rights in place.

50/50 DECISION MAKING AGREEMENT OR NO AGREEMENT: If the parents have 50/50 decision making rights OR no legal agreement around decision making, then we will be unable to proceed with your child engaging in therapy until you are both in agreement.

It is important to note that just because your child may not be able to access therapy, does not mean they cannot access support. At Relationship Therapy Centre, we work systemically and relationally which means that we can navigate individual therapy for parenting support with the parent that may have held hope for their child to access therapy. We can work towards understanding the concerns you have for your child as well as the hopes you have for them. Together, we can work towards meaningful and sustainable change for you and your child.

IF ONE PARENT HAS DECISION MAKING RIGHTS: If one parent has decision making rights, their preference for their child’s engagement with therapy would need to be honoured.

Overall, the plan to engage a child into therapy when parents are divorced/separated can be nuanced. Our team is here to support you in hearing your individual circumstances and will aim to guide you in the right direction!

Parenting can easily be one of the more rewarding and challenging roles in ones life. As individuals, we each have unique experiences of our childhood, family culture, and place in society. These are just some of several factors that can greatly inform our way of showing up as parents. It is not surprising then, that we may find our approaches to parenting are different to that of our co-parent/partner.

Therapy doesn’t require you to be on the same page about your parenting approaches – instead, family therapy can be a valuable resource to help you both identify, process and communicate about your parenting values, hopes, beliefs and fears. It can allow us a space to provide psychoeducation around different aspects of child development and parenting, and to collaboratively work toward conflict resolution and greater togetherness. The aim of this work will always be to centralize the child and their well being and to get clearer on what might be required of parents to best support the child.

It is likely that you are seeing many options of therapists who offer psychotherapy services to children and teens, as several therapists choose to work with diverse populations.

At Relationship Therapy Centre we acknowledge that therapy for children is a specialized service that requires specific training and experience. There are particular ethical practices, legal understandings, knowledge on child development and adherence to best practice approaches required to support children in meaningful ways.

At our centre, each therapist who provides child therapy has demonstrated commitment to providing best practice therapy to children and their parents by completing specific training, working and gaining experience in children’s mental health agencies, and committing themselves to continued supervision by qualified and experienced psychotherapists in the field who also are specifically trained in and practice child therapy and parenting therapy.

$145-$175 + HST per 50 minutes. Fees range depending on the experience of the therapist and the context in which the child therapy is conducted (i.e. individual therapy, or family therapy). All therapists who offer child therapy are listed here. To filter through different details of our therapists you can also check out Our Team.

The standard Individual Therapy session is for 50 minutes. Session length for Child Therapy is determined by the child’s developmental age and capacity.  Sessions are pro-rated for other lengths of time. 

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