Sonja Latifpour, B.A., Psych., B.S.W., M.S.W.,

Registered Social Worker & Child Psychotherapist 

When families come to the clinic, they are often in crisis. A child's anxiety, and inflexibility, can be overwhelming, and can change the entire way a family functions.

 

Frustration often comes from not having the tools to parent a child that is struggling. A crisis is often the catalyst to seeking help. The decision to reach out for help often comes with apprehension, and fear of not knowing how counselling works. You will learn, grow and become stronger as a family through therapy. Your child will develop life long coping skills and your family will thrive and build lasting relationships.

 

I hold an undergraduate degree in psychology, a Bachelor of Social Work, and a Master of Social Work. I have a strong background in mental health, and speciality training in treating children with anxiety, behavioural issues, and who have experienced trauma. I have  worked for the school board as a clinical social worker for many years. Along side my private practise, I  also work as a social worker for Fraser Health and supervise graduate level social work students.

The clinic is bright and cheerful and has many toys, books and games to engage children and families. My approach is warm, friendly and non- judgmental. I pride myself in offering families evidenced based therapy, by regularly attending training opportunities, conferences and peer consultations.

Sonja Latifpour, B.A., Psych., B.S.W., M.S.W.,

Registered Social Worker & Child Psychotherapist 

Danya McCracken, Masters Counselling Psychology

Registered Clinical Counsellor 

As the saying goes, children don’t come with an instruction manual.  It can be devastating as a parent to see your child struggling and not know what to do or how to help them. If you’re struggling with issues related to parenting a child with challenging behaviours including aggression, emotional dysregulation, or anxiety, I am here to help. 

 

I hold a Master’s Degree in Counselling Psychology, and am a Registered Clinical Counsellor. I have extensive professional experience in providing counselling to parents, teens and children.

 

I’m trained and skilled in utilizing a number of different child-focused therapeutic modalities including Expressive Play Therapy, Filial Therapy, Child-Parent Relationship Therapy, Watch, Wait, Wonder, Attachment Theory, Cognitive Behaviour Therapy (CBT), Trauma-Focused Cognitive Behaviour Therapy (TF-CBT), Circle of Security Parenting and Emotion-Focused Family Therapy.  I have worked as a child and family therapist in a variety of settings including non-profit agencies and government-funded mental health services and treatment centres.

My approach is free of judgement. I always want my clients to feel safe and comfortable during their counselling experience, and also leave feeling more empowered and confident as a parent. Ultimately, my goal is to help you, your child and your family thrive!

Danya McCracken, M.A., RCC

Registered Clinical Counsellor &  Early Childhood Specialist. 

Trina Kaczmarek, MCP

Registered Clinical Counsellor

I provide counselling for individuals - adults, youth and children - and families who are struggling with the inevitable challenges of life's ups and downs. I believe that everyone has the strength within themselves to be able to meet these challenges and find ways to thrive. Counselling can help by learning new ways of coping and being with difficult thoughts and emotions while purposefully moving towards a fulfilling and integrative self.

 

I am a Registered Clinical Counsellor with the BC Association of Clinical Counsellors. I hold a BA in Psychology from Simon Fraser University and a Masters Degree in Counselling Psychology from Adler University. I have five years of experience in the field of mental health, working in community-based programs, supporting a diverse group of men, women and children, exploring issues such as stress and anxiety, depression, parenting, grief, and self-esteem. 

 

I believe that the relational component of therapy - being fully present and authentic with my clients - is enough for change to occur. Working together, I can help people learn to cope differently with a variety of challenges.

Julia McCarron, Masters Counselling Psychology final year

My therapeutic approach is very much guided by my clients and their needs, as I view our process together as needing to be collaborative, comfortable and client-centered. Children and youth can be apprehensive of therapy; therefore, my goal is to establish a safe and compassionate relationship in order to engage them in the process. 

 

I have 18 years of experience working with children and youth; included in that is 15 years working for the New Westminster School Board as a Child Care Worker assisting children in elementary schools. As a Child Care Worker, I support children in areas of crisis intervention, conflict resolution, outreach, individual, group and parenting/family support with the overall goal of creating a positive social climate at school. Additionally, my family counselling experience includes supporting challenging behaviours and/or mental health conditions such as conduct disorders, ADHD, depression, FASD, CDBC, OCD, autism, aggression, trauma, violence, withdrawal, and anxiety. 

 

I am currently in my final year of the graduate Masters of Counselling Program from City University and I’m also a mother of two daughters. I am passionate in supporting children and youth to be the best that they can be, and offer a safe, non-judgmental, and down to earth approach.

Julia McCarron, Masters Counselling Psychology final year

Robyn deGroot, MscOT, Registered Occupational Therapist

I have been working as an Occupational Therapist for four years, three of those have been  with emotional and behavioural struggles related to various diagnosis or life situations such as Anxiety, PTSD, ODD, ADHD, Sensory Processing difficulties, ASD, or developmental trauma.

 

I also have experience working with children with FASD as a respite worker, with special needs as a support worker, as a tutor for refugee children, and as a teacher overseas. I have my masters in Occupational Therapy, as well as additional professional development training related to sensory processing, trauma, and attachment. 

 

I love working with kids, getting right at their level, and through play and non-confrontational conversation, learning to see the world through their eyes. Every child is unique and feels and responds to the world so differently. It is always fun building a relationship with a new child and family.

 

I’m passionate about helping kids understand themselves and their reactions more and helping their parents to build a toolkit of strategies to improve day to day life and to help with difficult situations. My sessions are fun, casual, and comfortable for children with various needs. 

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