- Trauma and loss resulting from divorce, death, illness, substance abuse in the family, sexual abuse or an accident
- Anxiety and/or Depression
- Body Image
- Social Skills
- Emotional/Behavioural Issues
- Parental Attachment (Including Adoption Transitions)
Based on your choice, Donna provides therapy in the office, outdoors or on-line.
Play therapy can also be provided, throughout all seasons, in a nature-based format for younger children.
Talk Therapy Interventions include therapeutic techniques where conversational methods are used to address the issue that an older child or adolescent is bringing forward as a concern for them. Donna combines psychodynamic therapy techniques to promote insight and understanding, with cognitive-behavioural therapy techniques to assist in problem-solving.
As appropriate, the support system of each person is defined with them. How to include various supports, whether other family members, friends and/or activities, is an important part of the therapy process.
Play Therapy Interventions are based on the belief that a child's language is the language of play. These interventions many include art, story-telling, sand tray therapy, therapeutic games, puppetry, and play acting. Emotions and life stories are then expressed and told using non-verbal means, or spoken but held within a metaphor. Play Therapy Interventions are best, due to cognitive and language development stage, to allow younger children (approximately 4-11 years) to express their emotions. Play therapy, especially art and sand tray therapy, can also be highly effective for adolescents and adults when verbal expression regarding a difficult situation (trauma) is a struggle.
Donna Starling MSW, RSW, CPT-S
Registered Social Worker
Certified Play Therapist and Supervisor