School, family, friends, sports, big emotions – navigating the world can be tricky for kids, especially when they don’t have the words or understanding to make sense of their experiences. And just like adults, kids may pick fights, become withdrawn, or throw tantrums when they’re struggling.


Therapy can help kids integrate their inner experiences of thoughts and feelings, with what’s happening in their outer world. It can also offer a safe, non-judgmental space to share and feel validated, without worrying about how their feelings may impact those around them.


Helping children to become aware, understand, and express themselves can boost self-esteem and open the door to healthy development and communication.


We also understand how difficult it can be to try to support your child as a parent or guardian. Many of our clinicians are parents themselves, and they get it. It can be exhausting, discouraging, and overwhelming to try to support your child when they are struggling. We work in collaboration with parents to help you feel more successful in your relationship with your child. 

Child counselling methods

At Monarch Psychology, we aim to provide a supportive environment for both children and their parents while navigating some of life’s challenges.

Some of the issues we can support children through include:

  • Emotional regulation
  • Separation/divorce
  • Anxiety
  • Depression
  • Peer conflict/bullying
  • School pressure and anxiety
  • Academic challenges
  • Concerns related to neurodivergence (learning disabilities, ADHD, etc)
  • Behavioural issues
  • Trauma
  • Attachment concerns, including attachment trauma, adoption, kinship, and fostering
  • Grief and loss
  • Self-esteem


We will work collaboratively with parents and child, as well as school staff if needed, to create a plan that is unique to the child’s needs and stage of life. We will focus on building a supportive environment in which to identify emotional and environmental triggers and provide healthy coping strategies to be used at home and school.


Therapeutic approaches will vary based on the needs and interest of each child and family. Some effective counselling methods include:


Play Therapy: Use of toys, objects, games, and symbols to express concerns and work through problems.


Expressive Arts Therapy: Drawing, writing, drama, dance, and music to achieve personal growth.


Talk Therapy: Includes reflective listening, and supportive communication.


Cognitive Behavioural Therapy: Identify thoughts, feelings, and behaviour contributing to problematic patterns and distress.


Narrative Therapy: Explores and re-writes the role the child plays in the story of their lives. Encourages a distinction of the problem as the problem, not the child as the problem.


At Monarch Psychology, we use evidence-based methods to successfully facilitate growth and healing. Our therapists are trained in multiple methods of therapy and can integrate aspects from each based on the needs of the family.

What to expect in child counselling

The therapist’s most important job is to create a safe and supportive environment for both child and parent. Parent involvement is vitally important in both communication with the counsellor and in supporting to practice skills and coping strategies at home.


You and your child’s therapist will collaborate to build a plan that may include one-on-one sessions with your child and their therapist, or parent involvement for some or all of the sessions.


As a parent, you can expect to meet with your child’s therapist initially to discuss concerns from your perspective.


Confidentiality is important in building trust between your child and their therapist, but you can expect your therapist to provide updates on themes and skills addressed in the session. Parenting supports to foster nurturing relationships and healthy communication may also be included in updates.

How to get started in child counselling

The process of reaching out for help can feel overwhelming. You may be experiencing fear, uncertainty, and anxiety around the process of seeking support for your child. Monarch Psychology offers a welcoming, non-judgemental environment for parents and kids.


We offer child counselling both in-person and online with a free 15-minute phone consultation to ensure a good fit with your therapist.

Our Child Therapists

Amber Michele Shay
Anna Robertshaw
Natasha Thibodeau