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 | $155 (incl. tax)
Couples/Family session | 50 minutes | $165 (incl. tax)
Couples/Family session | 75 minutes | $230 (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 | $110 (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.
Living FullyOur humanist approach helps children and adults become the best version of themselves. We’ll guide you as you discover the agency you already have within—to live life with purpose, joy and hope.
Getting UnstuckUnhealthy family situations, childhood trauma or abuse, or mental health issues can leave you feeling stuck. We’ll help you emerge from a rut, untangle a conflict and take down the walls that block your progress by equipping you with the tools you need to assess and handle difficult situations—and get unstuck.
Openness and AcceptanceWe have a deep affinity with those who’ve experienced trauma and abuse. That’s why we don’t judge; instead, we offer empathy, inclusivity, openness and acceptance. Everyone is welcome here.
The Healing Power of PlayWe’re serious about children’s mental and emotional health. That’s why our practice is rooted in playfulness—which helps establish connections while having fun in a safe, stable environment. We let kids be kids, even as they process trauma or stress. But kids aren’t the only ones who benefit from play therapy; adults benefit, too!
Healthier AttachmentsWe’re committed to helping children and adults form healthy attachments that reduce friction, increase relationship satisfaction and bring lasting healing.
We accept cash, debit card, credit card, e-transfer, and cheques. For your convenience, we can keep your credit card number securely on file, so you don’t have to worry about payment after your sessions.
At Treehouse Trauma Centre, we have therapists registered with ICBC, the Crime Victim Assistance Program and the First Nations Health Authority.
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.