Counselling supports tailored to meet your child's age, stage, and needs

Counselling supports tailored to meet your child's age, stage, and needs

Lurline is a highly qualified Registered Play Therapist with extensive training and experience in child and adolescent psychology. Her expertise allows her to tailor therapy strategies based on the specific age, developmental stage, and identified issues of each child. Play Therapists undergo comprehensive training in child development, attachment, and the use of play, creative, and expressive interventions to delve into and understand the feelings, thoughts, and behaviors of children. While she primarily utilizes sand tray therapy, which has strong support in neurobiology and is effective for all ages, Lurline also incorporates traditional talk therapy when working with older kids and teenagers. Her approach draws from various models to explore sand tray themes.

At Allius, other counsellors work under Lurline’s supervision, benefiting from her accreditation as a supervisor. Each counsellor brings a wealth of experience and relevant degrees to their work with children, adolescents, parents, and families. The entire team at Allius operates from an attachment and family systems perspective, recognizing their importance in therapy.

Child & Adolescent Counselling

In the initial session, parents or caregivers are involved to gather essential information about the child, teenager, and family history, as well as the challenges they are facing. Collaboratively, goals are established, and a counselling plan may be outlined within the first few sessions. Depending on the identified problem and treatment goals, the involvement of parents or caregivers in future sessions may vary.

We specialize in assisting young individuals dealing with anxiety, a history of trauma or traumatic events, and disruptions in significant attachments. Our expertise extends to supporting children experiencing separation or divorce, issues of alienation or estrangement, coparenting challenges, and child protection interventions.

“I wonder if our right hemisphere believes there is such a thing as pathology or if our symptoms might all be seen as truth-telling and adaptive.”
~ Bonnie Badenoch

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Allius Services serves clients across Nanaimo, Parksville, Qualicum Beach, Ladysmith, Chemainus, Port Alberni, and the surrounding areas.