I am the parent of three grown children. Although I worked outside the home prior to the birth of my first child, I was home with my children when they were young. During this challenging but rewarding time, my days were filled with children's activities and care-taking responsibilities. I gained experience in the many stages of childhood and the different parenting strategies required for these stages. Throughout this time, I became interested in how children grew and developed and in how parents and children interacted together.
As my children grew, I began to think about a future career path for myself. Because I was beginning to understand that there were some ways that were better than others for parents and children to interact, I began to consider the idea of working with children and families as a counsellor. I decided that this was the path I wanted to follow and set about to obtain my Master's degree in Counselling Psychology with a focus in counselling children and families.
After graduation, I obtained my professional designation as a Registered Clinical Counsellor through the BC Association of Clinical Counsellors. Since then, I have counselled children and their parents in elementary school, agency, and private practice settings.
I have also obtained my credentials as a Certified Play Therapist – Supervisor with the Canadian Association for Child and Play Therapy.
I was very excited to open my private practice in January 2004, and it has been a privilege for me to provide play therapy and counselling services to children and their parents. I see children and parents in a child-friendly space that accommodates both children and adults.
In my spare time, I very much enjoy animals, nature, and being in the outdoors. This includes walking, running, and hiking throughout our vast and wonderful natural areas in British Columbia, often accompanied by my two dogs or various members of my family. I have found that throughout my life, I derive much inner strength from contact with nature.
Education, Training, and Credentials
- I have a Master of Arts (MA) Degree in Counselling Psychology from the University of British Columbia
- I am a Registered Clinical Counsellor (RCC # 2267) and a member of the BC Association of Clinical Counsellors
- I am a Certified Play Therapist – Supervisor (#CPTS-BC-350) with the Canadian Association for Child and Play Therapy. I am a member of the BC Play Therapy Association and the Canadian Association for Child and Play Therapy.
- I have had training as a parent education group facilitator
- I have had Level I and II EMDRIA-approved training in Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR)
- I am registered with the Crime Victim Assistance Program as an approved therapist
Call me now for a free telephone consultation to discuss your concerns and needs. Providing your child with the gift of play therapy is one of the most beneficial things you can do for your child if he or she is struggling with behavioral or emotional problems. As a parent, you will feel better knowing your child is receiving appropriate support and assistance.
I can be reached by telephone at (604) 261-4709
or by e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org
Kathy Eugster, MA, RCC, CPT-S
MA, Counselling Psychology
Registered Clinical Counsellor
Certified Play Therapist – Supervisor
Child and Family Therapist
Pacific Spirit Play Therapy and Counselling Services
#504 - 1755 West Broadway, Vancouver, BC, V6J 4S5