Service

Play Therapy

giving kids permission to play 

Play therapy is a fantastic way to engage children in feeling comfortable enough to share what they’re going through and feeling. At Crossroads Collective, we give them permission to play and in return, they open up to us. 

PLAY THERAPY CAN HELP

The use of play therapy as a tool helps children work through emotional issues. It allows children to form deeper self-esteem which helps improve their lives. Play Therapy can be used to address these concerns and others:

  • Behavioural concerns
  • Attachment
  • Emotional concerns 
  • Relationships
  • Communication development
  • Traumatic past experiences 

Children are often not able to communicate their feelings in the same way adults do. This type of therapy allows children to recreate, and with the assistance of the therapist, discuss the feelings and emotions they’re feeling. Whether it’s sadness, anger, worry or extreme happiness, all feelings are welcome during play therapy.

TECHNIQUES USED IN SESSIONS

There are a variety of types of expressive play therapy including dramatic and fantasy play, sandbox play and art-focused play. When a child comes to us, we allow them to explore the office and select the play activities they want to do. This helps build trust and a therapeutic alliance between the child and therapist.

The child’s therapist may also choose certain activities to help certain types of emotions or reactions come out. For example, they may encourage the child to play with dolls to elicit emotions pertaining to family.

HOW WE WORK OUR MAGIC

This type of child therapy works best when it happens consistently. So, having a predictable schedule of the day and time remaining the same allows your children to get comfortable with us.

While a parent may want to ask questions to their child about the session, allow your child to reach out to share first. If the parent is tempted to ask, it could hurt the trust and comfortability that the therapist has worked to gain with the child.

Crossroads Collective offers a sliding scaled discounted rate on counselling services for those families where finances are a hinderance. We welcome the opportunity to discuss a payment arrangement that works for our clients.

We are here to support you along your journey.

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Meet The Team

Lisa Moore - Counsellor

DEMOGRAPHIC: Children, Youth, Adults and Family Therapy 

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

Lisa Moore, ma
Clinical Counsellor (RCC & CCC) 

Sometimes in life people go through painful experiences and unexpected events.  It is my goal to help people heal and grow through periods of transitions in their lives.  Many of us experience loss, grief, unhappiness or a sense of loss when we transition from one role to another in our daily lives.  Some of us lose people we love, dreams we can no longer achieve, changes in careers, the diagnosis of a child with special needs, a loved one entering Long Term Care, or who is ailing in health, Divorce from a spouse, the beginning of a new marriage, perhaps with a blended family.  It is my honour to help counsel you during these difficult transitions and help you heal from these difficult experiences.

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I am a Registered Clinical Counsellor (RCC) through the BC Association of Clinical Counsellors (BCCAC).  I am also licensed through the Canadian  Counselling Psychotherapy Association (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.

I work with clients who are often stuck and want to transition themselves, whether it be a change of career, how to make difficult decisions whether it be to leave or a job or a relationship.  How to deal with the loss of a divorce.  Helping people work through blended families and or helping someone to create a new life for themselves after a separation or divorce.  I also work with individuals who want to manage their time better, take on more challenges or who feel stuck in a current situation.  I often work with those individuals who suffer from anxiety or depression and need help dealing with every day life and stressful circumstances.

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.  I also meet with children and work with them using play therapy.  It is during those sessions that I assess children for ADHD, Oppositional Defiance Disorder, Autism or and/or other types of learning disabilities.  I then work with parent(s) to help them have their child formally assessed and diagnosed by a registered psychologist.  Once the family receives the diagnosis I work with parents to help them get resources such as Applied Behavioural Analysis, and Behavioural Intervention, OT/PT therapy, additional counselling for the child and various other required therapies.  I work with the family to help them get funding for these therapies through charitable organizations and through the application to CRA to receive the Child Disability Benefits.  I also go into the schools with the parents to work with their school based team to develop robust IEPS’ for their child which will follow them until graduation.

The following list below are my areas of specialization and those I am passionate about:

  • 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 Seperation 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
    Nadine Viker - Behavioural Technician

    DEMOGRAPHIC: Children, Youth, Adults & Parents

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

    Nadine Viker
    Child Play Therapist

    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, and I was POPARD trained and became efficient in ABA training. 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

    Shannon Lawrence
    Child Play Therapist

    Are you stuck at a crossroads 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 or your children.

    I have over 20 years working with young children, families, and youth. It started as an ECE provider. After my experience within daycares, I wanted to expand my skills. I was very intrigued by the minds of children on the spectrum, so I took a program at Douglas College in which it enriched my knowledge of intellectual and physical disabilities.

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    This is where my journey started into the world of Autism and other neurological disorders. Since then, I have worked in the Surrey School District as an Applied Behaviour Analysis (ABA) / Support Worker (SW) and an Education Assistant. I have been a Behavioral Consultant and Interventionist for children/teens since 2002. Within that time, I have had experience working with a wide range of children with various diagnoses. Whether it is Autism, Asperger’s, Anxiety Disorder, ADHD and ODD, I have worked with many different multidisciplinary teams supporting individuals with challenging behaviours. I have taken various workshops, and I am always learning new skills to improve and assist the families that I am working with.
    I recently took Expressive Sand Play Therapy at Trinity Western University as well as completing my certificate in Cognitive Behavior Therapy (CBT). I have experience in Play Therapy as well through the Justice Institute of BC.
    As a Play Therapist, I see myself as a facilitator of learning. It is my responsibility to create and maintain an environment where the children and families feel valued, motivated, supported, and encouraged to learn and progress continuously. My goal is to help each client with their unique individuality and aspirations.
    I have a passion for teaching, playing, learning, and bringing out the best in all adults and children. Let me assist you in your journey.