Child and Adolescents - Overview


We all experience problems that can affect our wellbeing. While sometimes when we can deal with these problems ourselves, there are times when we could use some support. 

Understanding your needs as well as those of your child and family lies at the heart of what we do. We know it can be difficult to ask for help, explain what you feel as a parent or even know what kind of support your child might need. This is where we come in. Our clinicians work with your child, your family or your community (school) based on our understanding of your concerns and support you throughout the journey. 

We understand that childhood, adolescence and the years of early adulthood can be times of extraordinary physical, emotional and intellectual growth. Emotional and mental challenges as well as adjustments are an important part of these years. However, sometimes these mental health issues tend to become overwhelming and interfere with growth and day-to-day functioning. 

Some of these mental health areas and issues can be listed as:

  • Treatment for psychological, cognitive, emotional, developmental and behavioural issues
  • Biological vulnerabilities
  • Behavioural, psychological, mental, emotional, developmental and family problems 
  • Cognitive deficits
  • Trauma and loss
  • Health-related problems
  • Stress and coping related to developmental change
  • Social skills-related difficulties

Our team of clinicians address a range of childhood and adolescence-related psychological and psychiatric concerns like:

  • Attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) 
  • Social, emotional, and behavioural disorders
  • Anxiety disorders, including generalized anxiety, panic disorder, specific phobias, school refusal, separation and social anxiety
  • Autism and developmental disorders
  • Eating disorders
  • Learning disorders
  • Mood disorders including depression and bipolar disorder
  • Neuropsychological evaluations and testing
  • OCD (obsessive-compulsive disorder)
  • School and learning difficulties
  • Tic disorders, including Tourette’s syndrome and hair-pulling disorder (Trichotillomania)
  • Group sessions are known to have many therapeutic benefits. They present a unique opportunity to get multiple perspectives, support, encouragement and feedback from other individuals in a safe and confidential environment.

    What do group sessions look like?

    • Sessions include six to eight people aged 14-17 years, take place once a week and last 90 minutes
    • Sessions require a 12-week commitment, while additional sessions may help some clients consolidate their progress
    • The first three sessions are focused on psychoeducation and cover:
      1. What is mentalizing
      2. Emotions and emotion management
      3. Attachment and relationships
    • Subsequent group sessions discuss issues from the previous week to build mentalizing capacity by sharing thoughts and feelings while listening to and offering different perspectives
    • Group members are encouraged to be inquisitive about themselves and others – why did I/they react in a particular manner?
    • We also encourage members to spot mentalizing and non-mentalizing related to themselves and others

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