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giving tree therapy in Toronto

Child & Adolescent Therapy

for children and youth

Guiding your child toward a healthy development.

Childhood and adolescence are important developmental periods in which lifelong patterns are born. The Giving Tree Centre provides your child or teen with the tools, coping skills, and therapeutic outlet to create healthy habits that will last a lifetime.

We provide a comprehensive menu of services, which includes evidenced-based treatment approaches such as cognitive-behaviour therapy (CBT), play therapy, acceptance and commitment therapy (ACT), dialectical behaviour therapy (DBT), exposure response prevention therapy (ERP), parent-child therapy, family therapy,  occupational therapy, speech and language therapy, educational consulting and academic support. 

We treat ages 0 - 18 years old. 

Child and Adolescent Therapy in Toronto.

There are many challenges that children and teens face daily including academic stress, cognitive and physical changes, social, emotional, and family issues. Because of all these obstacles, life can get overwhelming for them. Our specialized Child & Adolescent Therapy in Toronto gives a voice to our young ones to speak up about what’s affecting them, teaches them coping mechanism to tackle existing and new issues and helps them move into the next phase of their life with a sense of self and independence, promoting healthy growth. Our Teen & Child Psychotherapists can help you and your child or teen address the following:

  • Family stress, including loss, divorce, separation, blended families

  • Management of extreme emotions like sadness, fear, anger, shame

  • Behaviour problems that hinder positive, healthy, and normal growth

  • Disorders, including perfectionism, procrastination, and self-criticism

  • Social and academic difficulties that cause anxiety and depression

Child & Teen Therapy Techniques

Our Child Therapists and Psychologists in Toronto take into account multiple factors such as the child's age and condition being treated to determine which modality and approach is most suitable. The Giving Tree Centre practitioners are extensively trained in the following modalities: 

  • Play Therapy

  • Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT)

  • Family Therapy

  • Parent-Child Interaction Therapy (PCIT)

  • Art Therapy

  • Behavioral Therapy

  • Narrative Therapy

  • Trauma-Focused Therapy

  • Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT)

  • Interpersonal Therapy (IPT)

  • Motivational Interviewing

  • Mindfulness-Based Therapies

  • Solution-Focused Brief Therapy (SFBT)

It is natural to have some overlap in the modalities used in the therapeutic journey for children and adolescents due to the flexibility and adaptability of the approaches. Our Child & Adolescent Therapists in Toronto make adjustments for different developmental levels and other factors to use parts, all or a combination of techniques to design the most effective treatment for your young one. 

Most commonly sought therapy in children: Play Therapy in Toronto

Play therapy is a form of therapy used primarily for children because they may not be able to process their own emotions or articulate problems to parents or other adults. While it may look like an ordinary playtime, play therapy is much more than that.

During play therapy, we offer play materials such as toys, games, and art supplies to creatively express their inner world. These sessions become a dynamic space where children can symbolically work through issues, from family dynamics to trauma, in ways that are intuitive and natural to them.

Our Child Therapists in Toronto interpret these play patterns and can gently guide children towards understanding and resolving their emotional or behavioural challenges.

Most commonly sought therapy in teenagers: Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) in Toronto

CBT is a form of talk therapy designed to help individuals  recognize unhelpful thoughts and behaviours and learn how to change them. Therapy focuses on the present and the future, rather than on the past. While CBT isn’t designed to “cure” conditions such as ADHD, it can be used to complement other therapies and to help improve specific symptoms.

CBT for kids has practical everyday applications. This therapy can help your child understand the negativity of their thought patterns and learn how to replace them with more positive ones. Discovering new ways of looking at things helps a child learn how to respond differently and improve rather than worsen stressful situations.

This type of therapy can give your child realistic strategies to improve their lives in the here and now. Once these strategies become habit, the new skills can follow them throughout their lives.

CBT can help children learn to control:

  • self-defeating thoughts

  • impulsivity

  • defiance

  • tantrums

Replacing negative reactions with:

  • improved self-image

  • new coping mechanisms

  • problem-solving skills

  • more self-control

When to seek Child or Teen Counselling?

As a parent or caregiver, you want what's best for your child, including their mental and emotional well-being. Recognizing the signs that your child might benefit from a professional Child Therapist or Psychologist in Toronto is the first step toward providing them with the help they may need. Here are some indicators that your child might need therapy:

  • Changes in behavior

  • Emotional distress

  • Difficulty with transitions or major life events

  • Physical symptoms without a medical cause

  • Changes in eating or sleeping patterns

  • Social withdrawal

  • Expressions of hopelessness or self-harm


Our exceptional team of practitioners can help your kids navigate various issues including:

Mental Health Challenges

If your child or teenager is experiencing emotional turmoil or mental health challenges, our Child and Teen Therapists in Toronto can provide them with a supportive environment, where they can express their feelings better, develop healthier ways to manage their emotions, and learn different types of coping mechanisms.

Significant Life Changes

Our counseling is invaluable for those who face significant life changes. For example, dealing with parental divorce or separation, relocation to a new place, and grief or loss over a loved one. Counseling and psychotherapy offers them a space where they get a better sense of their life and perspective. It helps them adapt more effectively to their changing emotions and new circumstances.

Academic or Behavioural Issues

Our counseling interventions can benefit your children if they are facing academic or behavioural issues. From helping them with learning disabilities to helping them form healthy friendships, we take care of all. Our Child and Adolescent Therapy in Toronto helps them identify the underlying issues to develop better learning skills and face obstacles that usually hinder their academic performance.

Bullying and Communication Issues

It helps children and youth overcome and analyze conflicts with their peers and healthily deal with bullying. Our Child and Adolescent Psychotherapy allows them to improve their communication and social navigation skills, which allows them to gain more confidence in their decision-making to lead a better and healthy life.

We also work with you, the parents

The best part of our Child & Adolescent Therapy is that we work closely with the parents. Because you greatly impact your child's / teen’s life, it helps understand them better. With our assistance, you will create a more meaningful and stronger bond with your kids and maximize their potential.

We can help with:

  • Anxiety, stress, and/or phobias

  • Low self-esteem, rejection, or bullying

  • Social withdrawal

  • Regulation of intense emotions

  • Learning difficulties

  • Relationship issues 

  • ADHD, Autism, or other Neurodevelopmental experiences

  • Communication problems

  • Behavioural problems (aggressive behaviour, anger management, violence)

  • Difficulty adapting to life events or transitions (divorce, changing schools, moving, arrival of a sibling, etc.)

  • Sleep training

  • Toilet training

  • Picky eating

  • Drug and alcohol abuse

  • Body image / food issues

  • Screen addiction

  • Divorce / family separation

  • Grief / loss and trauma

  • Perinatal depression & anxiety

  • Postpartum depression & anxiety

  • Parent - child bonding and attachment

Book a session:

To get started, click the button below to schedule a free, 15-minute introductory call with us. We’ll talk about your availability and preferences and match you with a therapist that will best meet your needs.


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