Before initiating counselling services, I schedule an initial assessment session with either you and/or your partner, without your child being present. Occasionally, the initial assessment may take place with all members of your family present. The initial assessment is completed in one 50-minute session. The following steps are carried out:
- Details about your current concerns regarding your child are obtained.
- Background information and family history is gathered.
- Goals for therapy are discussed.
- Various counselling approaches are discussed and a plan of action is determined.
After the initial assessment and depending on your particular needs, you and your child will be involved in counselling either individually or together through various combinations of the following services:
- Play Therapy for Children
- Counselling for Parents
- Family Counselling
- Filial Play Therapy
When counselling children (ages 2 - 12 years old), I use an approach known as play therapy. Your child is seen in a fully equipped playroom with specially chosen toys that will allow the safe expression of feelings and support the development of healthier behaviors.
Play therapy sessions with your child generally last 45 - 50 minutes. Initially, you and your child come into the playroom together. When your child feels comfortable with you leaving the playroom, the rest of the session and the following sessions are conducted with your child and myself only in the playroom. This allows your child a chance to express feelings and concerns without having to worry about upsetting you.
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I offer counselling services to parents who are looking for some guidance on issues relating to their child. With these services, you will learn to deal more effectively with your child and his or her behaviors.
Parent counselling sessions are best conducted in-person with me, without your child present, and usually last for 50 minutes. Frequently, however, I will conduct briefer parent sessions by telephone.
In providing counselling services to parents, I take a collaborative approach. I work by offering ideas to you and also by asking for your suggestions so that together we can determine what is best for you and your child.
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My goal for family counselling is to strengthen the relationships between all family members so that the family becomes a source of support to its members.
Family counselling may involve sessions with your entire family together, or with various combinations of family members, for example father and son, mother and children, or two siblings. Family counselling sessions generally last 50 minutes.
When children are involved in family counselling, I use an approach known as family play therapy. In this approach, family counselling is combined with play therapy so that children feel comfortable participating. In family play therapy, families come together for a chance to play together as well as to talk about problems together.
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With filial play therapy, one parent and one child work together in therapy. You, as a parent, learn basic play therapy skills for use with your own child.
Filial play therapy follows a 3-step process:
- You and I meet together for one or two individual sessions, without your child present, where I teach you four basic play therapy skills.
- You and your child come to my playroom and have a 30-minute play session together under my supervision. After the supervised play session, you and I have a brief telephone consultation debriefing the supervised play session. This is repeated until you feel comfortable holding a play session with your child, usually for 2 to 6 supervised sessions.
- You hold a 30-minute play session at home with your child once every week. Between these home play sessions, you and I would again consult by telephone. At this point, you would also begin to use your new play therapy skills in interactions with your child outside of the 30-minute special play session. Specific child behavior problems would also be discussed.
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I invite you to contact me today to discuss how my services may be of help to you and your child.
I offer a free 15-minute telephone consultation where you can describe your concerns to me and I can provide you with further information on my services.
Kathy Eugster, MA, RCC, CPT-S
MA, Counselling Psychology
Registered Clinical Counsellor
Certified Play Therapist – Supervisor
Child and Family Therapist
#504 - 1755 West Broadway, Vancouver, BC