Counselling, Art Therapy, and Neurofeedback Training
Free for foster children and at risk youth – Fee For Service otherwise
These SOS Children’s Village BC services are for individuals who are experiencing difficulties in their lives that are preventing them from moving forward.
MAKING SENSE OF CHALLENGE AND CHANGE
Occasionally, individual’s lives are interrupted by challenging events that can cause them grief and confusion. As a result, they might feel vulnerable or afraid, and unable to carry out day-to-day tasks. Some might even be facing some personality change as a result of the struggle.
It often helps to talk to a professional, someone who can help them understand that their behaviour is not so abnormal but may be the outcome of anxiety – stress associated with the area of difficulty they are experiencing in their lives.
Sometimes in our lives we find that we are unhappy, and yet not able to recognize the problem. It may be that we need to consider changing some parts of our lives, our behaviour, job, relationships, home circumstances, or consider challenging ourselves to reach a goal.
Our professional counsellors can help those struggling to make sense out of the disorder that is occurring in their lives. Our counsellors guide and facilitate the resolution of issues through the following programs:
Expressive Art and Play Therapy +
Expressive/Art Therapy helps children and youth, along with their caregivers, to explore and express their feelings and experiences in a non-verbal manner.
This type of therapy is especially beneficial for children under twelve years of age because they do not have the full developmental capacity to process their experiences and emotions verbally.
- Helps children deal with difficult emotions
- Promotes self-acceptance
- Provides opportunities to explore alternative ways of thinking about challenges
- Recognizes children’s strengths and healthy coping behaviours
ENGAGING THE SENSES
In Expressive Therapy, children and youth use a variety of art materials and toys that are selected to evoke emotions and memories, as well as to engage their senses and thought processes.
Children are invited to play and create in the presence of an observant, non-judgmental, and strength-based therapist who reflects their experiences, affirms their strengths, provides encouragement, models adaptive thinking and behaviour, and creates a fun, positive and emotionally safe experience.
Through the use of Art Therapy, feelings and inner conflicts can be projected into visual form. In the creative act, conflict may be re-experienced, resolved and integrated.
Cognitive Behaviour Therapy +
Cognitive Behaviour Therapy is a form of psychotherapy that helps people understand how their thoughts and feelings are influencing their behaviour. Cognitive Behaviour Therapy is frequently used as a treatment for disorders such as phobias, addiction, depression and anxiety.
Cognitive Behaviour Therapy is often short-term and focused on assisting individuals in dealing with a very specific problem. Through the course of therapy, individuals acquire skills on how to identify and modify negative or distressing thought patterns that can have a harmful influence on behaviour.
Neurofeedback Training +
The SOS Neurofeedback Program has been in existence since 2006 and offers free neurofeedback training to foster children in our Village, with a limited availability to high-risk foster children who are not in our Village.
Neurofeedback training optimizes brain function by helping the brain to re-organize and self-regulate more efficiently. When this occurs symptoms and complaints such as inattention, impulsiveness, hyperactivity, anxiety, traumatic reactions, and depression naturally and effortlessly abate allowing for greater information processing, increased memory, decreased anxiety, better self-organization, and high degrees of self-control.
With neurofeedback training, the source and frequency of the neurological inefficiency is identified and the brain is assisted in reorienting itself via the feedback it receives. As a result of this process, the symptom(s) are either significantly reduced, or eliminated altogether.
VIDEO SERIES – DEMONSTRATION AND PARENT TESTIMONIALS
In this clip a mother talks about how her daughter used to be very isolating and there would be an hour and a half fight of screaming and yelling just to make her bed. After neurofeedback, the daughter is no longer oppositional, they no longer have the old battles, she is sharing more due to having the language to express how she feels. The mother never expected results so quickly – vast changes after only the 2nd session – the daughter is on par emotionally with her peers now. Doug West, Manager of Autism Services, interviews.
In this first clip of four, the mothers each talk about the initial diagnosis and their child’s difficulty dealing with people and school, and the positive changes from the therapy. “Mom, I feel better. I can do this now.” Video by Geoff Webb, Vancouver Filmmaker and Photographer: cargocollective.com/geoffwebb.
In this second clip of four, the mothers talk about living with a child with Autism before the therapy and after the therapy. About how their kids feel more comfortable in their skin and have friends now. The parents feel like they can finally let go a little as a result of the treatment. Video by Geoff Webb, Vancouver Filmmaker and Photographer: cargocollective.com/geoffwebb.
In this third clip of four, the mothers talk about how their kids felt locked in their own world before treatment, and now they can calm themselves and manage/cope much better. About how sometimes one mother forgets she even has a son with Autism now. “Mom, I think I will be fine.” Video by Geoff Webb, Vancouver Filmmaker and Photographer: cargocollective.com/geoffwebb. Doug West, Manager of Autism Services, interviews.
In this last clip in the series, the mothers talk about how they’re hearing from teachers about how much their kids have progressed, that there are no negative side effects from the therapy, and the big decrease they’ve noticed in anxiety. Video by Geoff Webb, Vancouver Filmmaker and Photographer: cargocollective.com/geoffwebb. Doug West, Manager of Autism Services, interviews.
COUNSELLING TO PROMOTE RESILIENCE
Individuals typically attend sessions for one hour a week for a maximum of one year. On a case-by-case basis, depending on everyone’s unique situation, additional time can be granted to deal with their issues.
While therapy sessions are largely client directed, the therapist will also introduce directives that can foster the expression and discussion of the issues that brought them to therapy. Sometimes, children will attend sessions together with their caregivers to work on their challenges.
Therapists work with parents, guardians and caregivers to promote and maintain resilience, security, and growth. The effectiveness of therapy is monitored through an outcome rating tool that tracks progress in four domains: Personal, Social, Family and Overall Well-being.
Therapy sessions take place at our office location:
302 – 14225 57th Avenue, Surrey, BC
PROGRAM FUNDING AND COSTS
- Private funding
- Individualized funding