If you or your child has experienced trauma at any stage in life, you may feel stuck—like you’re in a cycle from which you can’t emerge. Trauma-focused therapy can help you get unstuck—and move forward with healthy attachments and firm relationships.
At Treehouse Trauma Centre, we offer evidence-based therapeutic approaches that help you uncover your inner ability to live life fully engaged and whole—at any age.
Therapy for Young Children
Often, young children don’t know how to express themselves with words. We use play therapies—sand or rice tray, stories, expressive art, dolls, blocks, board games and more—to help children share what’s happening. When children’s hands are busy, their brains are free to process deep emotional issues. Using fidget toys, balls and movement helps facilitate the process.
To address profound trauma and help children process emotionally difficult memories, we use Lifespan Integration Therapy,Observed & Experiential Integration, and body-based therapy. Feel free to ask us about these modalities in the parent onboarding session.
Therapy for Preteens
Older children and preteens often feel trapped between childhood and adolescence. To help them navigate this challenging age we use a combination of play and talk therapies—which engages both the child and the teen inside of them. Therapeutic approaches include story cubes, the sand tray, Socratic dialogue, reflective listening and mindfulness.
Therapy for Teens
For many teenagers, the comfort or nostalgia of childhood pulls against the fear of being viewed as childish. This tension makes it difficult for teens to respond to traditional therapy. We use talk therapy paired with fidget toys or a sand tray to let their inner child know that it’s safe to open up–and safe for them to make their own decisions.
A key development milestone for teens is finding their place in the world as a differentiated individual. We help them take this important leap with reflective listening and mindfulness.
Experiencing trauma at any stage of life can leave you feeling like you’re stuck in a rut, or a cycle you can’t get past. Trauma-focused therapy can help you get unstuck and finally begin to move forward.
Our three-phase approach to trauma therapy (safety building, trauma processing and integration) will gently guide you on the path to healing and wholeness.
The uncertainty and anxiety surrounding us daily can make an in-person visit feel like a huge hurdle. That’s why we’re offering online appointments, including online play therapy. All of our therapists are experienced in online therapy and are happy to provide online services—whether you want all, or just a few sessions online.
Our fees align with guidelines in the BCACC list
of average fees:
Individual session | 50 minutes | $140 (incl. tax)
Couples/Family session | 50 minutes | $150 (incl. tax)
Couples/Family session | 75 minutes | $210 (incl. tax)
Our Junior Therapists and Therapists in the Making offer
high-quality counselling at lower rates:
Therapist in the Making session | 50 minutes | $60 (incl. tax)
Junior Therapist session | 50 minutes | $100 (incl. tax)
Money can be a complicated issue, especially in challenging times. Our first priority is to ensure clients get the services they need. If you’d like to discuss your payment options, we’re here to help.
If you’ve been involved in a car accident, ICBC might cover some of your sessions. Contact your adjuster directly for the most up to date information on how many sessions are covered.
Crime Victim Assistance Program
If you are the victim of or witness to a crime, you may be eligible to be reimbursed up to $80/session through the Department of Justice.
Extended Benefits Plans
Some extended benefit plans cover counselling fees with a Registered Clinical Counsellor, up to a certain amount. Check your eligibility with your employer.
If cost is a true challenge, there are numerous programs that provide counselling for very little cost or none at all. Community service agencies, schools, universities and counselling agencies with student or intern programs are all worth exploring. Fraser River Counselling’s student program is a good place to start.
YOUR FIRST SESSION
What to Expect
If you’re an adult seeking therapy, your intake session will involve questions about your history and why you’re seeking counselling. We’ll gather the background information about past and present issues to help direct our approach.
For young children or pre-teens, the intake session involves only the parent or caregiver. We’ll explore your child’s family history and background, as well as the symptoms your child is experiencing.
With teen children, the caretaker or parent is present for the first session. We’ll discuss why they’re seeking counselling and the importance of confidentiality. The child can then choose whether or not they want the parent or caregiver to be part of the session.