CHILD/YOUTH & PLAY THERAPY

Certified Play Therapists

Lisa Moore - Counsellor

DEMOGRAPHIC: Children, Youth, Adults and Family Therapy 

SPECIALTIES: Play Therapy, Special Needs Advocacy and Diagnosis, Anxiety, Depression, Career Counselling, Addictions, LGBTQIA+, Aboriginal Issues, Grief

LOCATION: Langley, BC

Lisa Moore, ma
MA Counselling Psychology, RCC, CCC
Clinical Counsellor (RCC) & Certified Play Therapy Supervisor

Languages: English & French

It’s my goal to help people heal and grow through periods of transitions in their lives. Many of us experience loss, grief or unhappiness as we transition from one role to another in our daily lives. 

It’s my honour to help counsel you during these difficult transitions and help you heal from any of these experiences: 

  • Dreams you don’t achieve
  • Changes in career
  • Diagnosis of a child with special needs
  • A loved one entering long term care
  • Divorce from a spouse 
  • Beginning of a new marriage
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I am a Registered Clinical Counsellor (RCC) through BCACC. I am also licensed through CCPA and hold a CCC license. I completed my Masters of Counselling Psychology at Trinity Western University and began working in my own private practice in 2016.  Before going back to school to pursue my masters, I worked as a senior executive in sales and marketing.  I believe that my unique education has allowed me to help people grow and develop and create change for themselves.

About 10 years ago, I became involved in helping a family with special needs children and it was through that journey that I came to the work I am most passionate about; helping parents of special needs families. Using play therapy, I am able to access children for ADHD, Oppositional Defiance Disorder, Autism and other types of learning disabilities.

The following list below are my areas of specialization:

  • Personal development
  • Assertiveness / Boundaries
  • Depression, anxiety & panic disorders
  • Phobias
  • Past or recent trauma or abuse
  • Relationship and couples counselling
  • Addictions
  • Divorce, separation and blended families
  • Eating disorders and addictions
  • Life transitions
  • Gender dysphoria, LGBTQ transitions & other issues
  • Communication building
  • Grief counselling
  • Career planning

CHILD AND YOUTH THERAPY

  • Child play therapy
  • Self esteem and confidence coaching
  • Anxiety and depression
  • Career exploration with youth
  • Dealing with separation and divorce from the child and parents perspective
  • Helping parents and children with strategies to deal with ADHD and ADD
  • Assessments for Autism, ADHD, Oppositional Defiance Disorder 

PARENTS WITH SPECIAL NEEDS ADVOCACY AND MEDIATION:

  • Access to assessments and diagnosis
  • Psycho-educational, Autism, ADHD testing
  • Referral to local psychologists for assessments and testing
  • Referral to local behavioural consultants and creating a behavioural intervention team
  • Mediation with school districts and IEP planning
  • Access to 3rd party funding and Ministry of Children and Family case workers
  • Completing government and agency paperwork to obtain funding, therapy and resources
  • Family planning at transitional ages: birth, school age and adult
Desiree Dsilva - Counsellor

DEMOGRAPHIC: Children, Youth, Adults, Couples

SPECIALTIES: Depression, Anxiety, Self Esteem,  Play Therapy, Behaviour Intervention, Supporting parents with autism/adhd/odd diagnoses

LOCATION: Langley, BC

Desiree Dsilva, m.ED

MA Counselling Psychology, RCC, CCC
Clinical Counselor & Certified Play Therapist with a Specialization in Anxiety

For us to heal from the experiences and struggles we face, we must allow ourselves to process our thoughts and emotions. I work with clients in a gentle and non-judgemental manner. I offer short term and long term goals focused on counselling for children, youth and adults. 

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I have experience helping clients cope with depression, anxiety, self-esteem and self-acceptance. We work together to set boundaries and build inner strength. I offer counselling for children with autism as well as support for parents and guardians. My approach is holistic, and I draw from cognitive behavioural, solutions focused, and strength based therapies.

I have a Master’s degree in counselling psychology, and I will be licenced as a Canadian Certified Counsellor (CCC) from the Canadian Psychotherapy Association in a few months.

 

    Nadine Viker - Behavioural Technician

    DEMOGRAPHIC: Children, Youth, Adults & Parents

    SPECIALTIES:  Child Play Therapy, Assessments for various Diagnoses, ADHD, Autism, ODD

    LOCATION: Langley, BC

    Nadine Viker

    Certified Play Therapist & Behavioural Technician

    As parents we sometimes feel at a loss as to how to help our child, particularly when they are experiencing difficulties in more than one area of their lives: at school, with friends, regulating emotions, academically, socially or behaviourally.  My personal experience and my love for children has helped me to realize that many parents need support and I have a passion for helping children and parents navigate these challenges.

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    My drive and my passion for helping children took me to Stenberg College where I worked on and completed my certification as an Education Assistant. I took my passion for working with children and started working in the school-based system where I enjoyed 5 plus years.

    My time in the school-based system opened my eyes to the increasing behaviors in the classroom, but most of these children had no support as they were diagnosed with ADHD or other behavioural issues. I felt there was a need to understand and help these kids to understand themselves and to navigate the school setting that was so turbulent for them, so I designed a program based on accountability and awareness that has been extremely successful. I felt there was so much more to learn so I broadened my scope and took Expressive Play Therapy and Play Therapies at the Justice Institute Of BC.

    I have also attended Sand Play Therapy at Trinity Western University. I have been working as a Behavioral Technician at Crossroads Collective and with my added training can also offer Play Therapy Counselling in addition to my skills as a behavioural specialist. I am excited to share my training, education and passion for helping children.

    It is a pleasure for me to work with a child, inclusive and alongside the families, to give a comprehensive and overall panoptic treatment plan

    Shannon Lawrence - Behavioural Technician

    DEMOGRAPHIC: Children, Youth, Adults & Parents

    SPECIALTIES:  Child Play Therapy, Assessments for various Diagnoses, ADHD, Autism, ODD

    LOCATION: Langley, BC

    Shannon Lawrence

    Certified Play Therapist & Behavioural programmer

    Are you stuck at a crossroad in your life, and you are not sure which road to take? Let me assist you in teaching you the skills you need to grow yourself and or your children. I can help your child deal with unexpected life struggles and behaviors. Or are you struggling with a recent separation/divorce? I can help! I have experience in Play Therapy, CBT, Grief Therapy, and run Grief Support Groups. I can be utilized as a Behavioural Consultant, Play Therapist, or Grief Therapist. My goal is to help you support your child or support you in your journey right now.

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    As an empathic listener for my clients, I treat them with kindness and a non-judgemental approach. I believe that all people pose an internal drive towards positive change and growth. Let me assist you in reaching new goals for your child/youth and family. I have had experience working with a wide range of children and families, blended, or separated.

    Some of the diagnoses that I have worked with are Anxiety Disorders, ADHD, ODD, OCD, Behavior Issues, Stress, Autism, Grief. I have helped families in all these areas, plus more. I have a passion for teaching, playing, learning, and bringing out the best in all. Let me assist you on your journey or your child's journey. We are in this together!

    Nadine Viker - Behavioural Technician

    DEMOGRAPHIC: Children Youth, and Family Therapy

    SPECIALTIES:  Play Therapy, Special needs Children, Autism, ADHD, Anxiety, Parenting Strategies

    LOCATION: Langley, BC

    Tracy tillapaugh

    Clinical counsellor (rcc) & Certified Play Therapist

    My goal as a therapist is to help people live a more balanced and connected life. We all experience difficult phases in our lives. I provide a safe, non judgmental space for people to work through the complexities that life can bring. By taking a holistic view I strive to help clients address several facets of their lives, thereby bringing about balance and peace.

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    I am a Registered Clinical Counselor.  I have a Bachelors in Education from The University of Alberta,, and I have my Masters in Counseling from St. Stephen's University. I have been counseling for twenty years. 

    I have training in Satir family systems, EMDR, CBT (Cognitive behavioural therapy), DBT (Dialectical Behavioral Therapy), and I work from a holistic perspective.

    Cassandra Hildebrand - Behavioural Technician

    DEMOGRAPHIC: Children Youth, and Young Adults

    SPECIALTIES: Play Therapy, Special Needs, Anxiety, Depression, Personal Development, Boundaries 

    LOCATION: Langley, BC

    Cassandra Hildebrand, M.A.

    Clinical Counsellor (RCC, CCC) & Certified Play Therapist

    Play is a crucial factor in healthy child development. Play therapy helps children work through difficult life issues and experiences. The best outcome to my intervention is looking for strengths in each individual child and using those to support their specific area of need. I will create a comfortable, safe environment that will allow your child to express their feelings and develop healthier behaviours; such as promoting healing, encouraging creativity, introducing new ways of thinking, learning problem solving and developing better social skills.

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    Through collective collaboration I will support your child with practical techniques that can be implemented into daily life. My goal is to build a strong foundation for the now and future by incorporating play and having fun into our sessions. I love finding ways to disguise work as games to create a positive and enriching experience for your child. I can ensure you peace of mind knowing your child will enjoy their time with me and look forward to coming back.

    I hold a Bachelor’s degree in Psychology and a Masters degree in Counselling Psychology with Trinity Western University.

    For the past ten years I have worked with children in a variety of settings including, home-based, swim instructing, and community-based programs. I was employed with Langley School District as both a Special Education Assistant and a Child and Youth Care Worker supporting students in elementary schools.

    Counsellor - Rubina

    DEMOGRAPHIC: Children, Youth and Adults

    SPECIALTIES: Anxiety, Depression, Divorce/Separation, Life Transitions, Personal Development, Self-Esteem, Trauma

    LOCATION: Langley, BC

    Rubina Garcha

    Registered Clinical Counsellor (RCC)

    Life is filled with ups and downs and we all go through challenging times where we need some support. Sometimes life can take us by surprise and we can find ourselves struggling. My goal is to help others as they strive to overcome these challenges and improve their overall wellbeing. I value building a trusting relationship with my clients where they feel comfortable and free of judgement. I aim to create a space where all individuals feel safe and heard, and I work collaboratively with my clients to help them reach their goals. I want my clients to leave therapy feeling less overwhelmed, less stressed, and more hopeful and positive about themselves and their future. My therapeutic practice also focuses on building resilience and fostering self-compassion with clients. I hope that throughout our time together, clients can be reminded of their strengths and discover new ones that leave them feeling more empowered and confident. 

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    I have a Master’s in Counselling Psychology from Yorkville University and am a Registered Clinical Counsellor with the BC Association of Clinical Counsellors. Additionally, I have earned Bachelor degrees in the Arts and in Education, as well as a Master’s in Education. Before counselling, I was a teacher for over 6 years in both elementary and secondary schools. I now work in private practice and as a high school counsellor throughout the school year. I love the fact that I have opportunities to work with children and adults! My various experiences have led me to work with diverse clients who have had many different needs. I have a passion for working with BIPOC clients and identify as a LGBTQ2S+ ally. 

    My therapeutic approach is an integrative model where I work from an evidence-based, holistic lens. Some of these include CBT, MBSR, and SFT. I work with a range of different areas such as: 

    • Stress
    • Anxiety
    • Life transitions
    • Depression
    • Creating and communicating boundaries
    • Divorce/ separation
    • Grief
    • Personal development 
    Counsellors - Mansi

    DEMOGRAPHIC: Children, Youth, Young Adults, New Moms, Families

    SPECIALTIES: Play therapy, Art therapy, Special needs, Anxiety, Fear, Self-esteem, Behaviour
    Intervention, School and academic related challenges, supporting parents with
    Autism/ADHD/ADD/ODD diagnosis

    LOCATION: Langley, BC 

    Mansi Parekh

    Associate Counsellor 

    Languages: English, Hindi & Gujarati

    Your story, your pain and your collection of struggles and memories are unique to you. My overall goal in therapy is to build a grounded relationship with my clients and facilitating them to. My approach is interactive, warm, and accepting; helping my client, which includes children, youth, young adult, and families, to find healthy perceptions of themselves and strengthen their relationships so they can know themselves as peaceful, complete, whole, and safe. I follow eclectic approach to therapy as I believe there is no one size fits all approach to therapy. We will spend time understanding exactly what you are experiencing and why so that when you start making changes that improve your life, they will stick.

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    I prefer in utilizing an integrative approach in which they blend different but complimentary theories to work with their client in the most effective way. This flexible approach enables the counselling experience to be tailored to the individual needs and style of each client. I strive to create a safe and non-judgmental environment where relationship can thrive.

    I have earned my Bachelor’s in Developmental Counseling and Master’s in Psychology from India. Also have 6+ years of experience of working with children and young youth both in elementary and secondary schools as a counselor and as academia support teacher. I plan to educate myself again in Canada starting May 2022 with master’s in counselling psychology. I have experience working with a broad range of mental health difficulties along with life challenges. I have worked alongside parents and teachers and other professionals. My main areas of focus are those who present with anxiety, depression, and suicidal ideation. I also work with those who have experienced grief/loss, life transitions (school, work, moving), anger, bullying/discrimination and conflict resolution.

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