Is your child struggling with behavior problems or emotional difficulties?

As a parent, are you feeling concerned, frustrated, discouraged, or powerless?

Is your child:

  • not listening to you?
  • hitting, fighting, or having problems making friends?
  • having frequent temper tantrums?
  • overcome with worries or fears?
  • often feeling sad or withdrawing from people or activities previously enjoyed?

As a parent, are you:

  • worried or concerned that your child's behavioral or emotional problems may get worse?
  • feeling powerless or that you are being controlled by your child?
  • frustrated with your child's behaviors or emotions?
  • feeling inadequate or confused after reading parenting books or hearing advice from others?
  • discouraged after receiving unsatisfactory reports about your child from teachers or other adults?

Sometimes your child may act out with inappropriate or problem behaviors, or become anxious or withdrawn for what seems like no reason at all. As your child grows, he or she will encounter stressful events that may lead to emotional or behavioral difficulties. The birth of a sibling, difficulties at school or daycare, the death of a grandparent, or moving to a new home are all examples of stressful events that can cause turmoil in your child's life and problems in your family.

Or, your child may have gone through a particularly difficult or even traumatic experience. For example, a car accident, illness or hospitalization, or divorce in the family are all typically stressful and potentially traumatizing events for children and families. Parents and other adults will often see resulting behavior problems, withdrawal, or anxiety in children.

As a parent, you want to do what is best for your child, but you may not know what to do or you may be using ineffective or unhealthy parenting skills without even knowing it.

The good news is that something CAN be done to help both you and your child overcome problems and gain relief.

Through play therapy, parent counselling, and family counselling, you and your child can experience the following benefits:

  • your child's behavior problems can be reduced or eliminated
  • your child can learn to safely express his or her feelings and gain relief from difficult feelings or upsetting memories
  • you can learn new parenting strategies and gain confidence in your parenting skills
  • you will feel calmer and your stress levels will be reduced
  • you will feel supported in expressing your feelings as a parent
  • you can strengthen your relationship with your child

By offering play therapy for children, parent counselling, and family counselling, I can help you and your child overcome problems, gain confidence, and develop a sense of happiness and well-being.

Why am I well-suited to provide these services?

I have chosen to focus my work specifically with children because I have a strong and deep desire to help and support children. I enjoy working with children immensely and it gives me a great sense of satisfaction seeing children progress from being anxious, withdrawn, and hostile to becoming more confident, content and satisfied with themselves and their environments.

Since parents are the most important people in the lives of children, I also have a strong desire to help and support parents. I enjoy working closely and collaboratively with parents to help them feel more confident and satisfied in their relationships with their children.

As a parent of three grown children myself, I can understand your feelings and concerns because I have weathered many challenging parenting situations myself. One of these challenges included helping my children recover and heal from separation and divorce in the family. Through this experience, I gained a much greater understanding of what children and parents go through during difficult times.

Some of my strongest qualities include being emotionally warm, empathic, positive, patient, and playful in my relationships with both children and adults. These qualities help my clients feel safe and comfortable in the counselling environment.

In addition:

  • I am a Registered Play Therapist with the Association for Play
    Therapy (APT). This means I have satisfied the APT requirements for
    specialized training, supervision, and experience in play therapy. In
    addition, I continue to work closely with a Registered Play
    Therapist-Supervisor
    . I am also a Board Member for both the BC
    Play Therapy Association
    and the Canadian Association for Child
    and Play Therapy
    .
  • My counselling office has a large playroom where I see children for play therapy; this playroom provides a child-friendly environment that allows children to feel comfortable with therapy; my playroom is equipped with toys that have been specifically chosen to allow children to safely express their feelings

Your next steps . . .

  1. Sign up for my free newsletter, Parent-Child Connections, to receive ideas on developing parenting skills, understanding your child, and improving your relationship with your child.

    When you sign up, you will also receive my free parent checklist, "What Do Children Need From Parents?" You can subscribe by filling in your name and e-mail in the box at the top right corner of this page. You can un-subscribe at any time.
  2. Contact me for a complementary phone consultation to discuss your current concerns. Together we can determine how we might work together to help both you and your child.

    By calling me today, you can feel better and more supported in your role as a parent.

    In addition, you will feel relieved knowing that your child can have the opportunity, through play therapy, to be supported and learn new skills. When needed, play therapy is one of the most important gifts you can provide for your child.

I can be reached by telephone at (604) 261-4709

or by e-mail at keugster@telus.net

Kathy Eugster, MA, RCC, RPT
MA, Counselling Psychology
Registered Clinical Counsellor
Registered Play Therapist
Child and Family Counsellor
Pacific Spirit Play Therapy and Counselling Services
#504 - 1755 West Broadway, Vancouver, BC, V6J 4S5

Kathy Eugster, MA, RCC, RPT - MA, Counselling Psychology - Registered Clinical Counsellor - Registered Play Therapist - Child and Family Counsellor
Kathy Eugster