Our Services

At the Kristen French Child Advocacy Centre we offer specialized therapeutic interventions tailored to children and youth aged 18 and under, utilizing a blend of play-based therapy and one-on-one counseling sessions.

Play-based therapy provides a nurturing environment where young clients can express themselves freely through play, allowing them to explore their emotions, thoughts, and experiences in a natural and comfortable way. Our trained therapists guide these sessions to help children and youth navigate challenges such as anxiety, trauma, behavioral issues, and developmental concerns.

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In parallel, our one-on-one counseling sessions offer a confidential space for older youth to engage in deeper conversations, focusing on personal growth, coping strategies, and skill development to manage life’s complexities. Whether through creative play or focused dialogue, our goal is to empower young individuals to build resilience, enhance self-esteem, and foster positive mental health outcomes.

Would my child benefit from play-based therapy or one-to-one counselling?

Each child is unique, and therapy can be tailored to meet their specific needs, helping them thrive emotionally, socially, and academically. There are several reasons why a child or youth might benefit from therapy:

  • Behavioral Issues: Therapy can help address challenging behaviors such as aggression, defiance, or withdrawal.

  • Emotional Distress: Children may benefit from therapy to manage emotions like sadness, anger, or anxiety.

  • Traumatic Experiences: Therapy can provide support and tools to cope with trauma, abuse, or significant life changes.

  • Family Changes: Adjusting to divorce, remarriage, or loss of a loved one can be supported through therapy.

  • Academic Challenges: Therapy can help children struggling with school-related stress, learning disabilities, or academic pressures.

  • Social Skills: Therapy can improve social skills and peer relationships, addressing issues like bullying or difficulty making friends.

  • Developmental Issues: Children with developmental delays or disorders like ADHD or autism can benefit from specialized therapeutic approaches

  • Self-Esteem: Therapy can boost self-confidence and self-worth, helping children navigate issues related to identity or body image.

  • Coping Skills: Learning healthy coping mechanisms for stress, transitions, or everyday challenges is a key benefit of therapy.

  • Parent-Child Relationships: Therapy can strengthen parent-child bonds, improve communication, and resolve conflicts effectively.

  • Grief and Loss: Therapy provides a supportive environment for children dealing with the loss of a loved one or pet.

  • Health Issues: Children coping with chronic illness or medical conditions may benefit from therapy to manage emotional and psychological aspects.

  • Identity Exploration: Adolescents navigating issues of sexuality, gender identity, or cultural identity can find support and guidance in therapy.

  • Preventative Care: Therapy can serve as a preventative measure, promoting resilience and emotional well-being before issues escalate.



$155 per 45 minute session

At the Kristen French Child Advocacy Centre we are committed to providing accessible mental health support to all children and youth in Niagara. If you require assistance with the cost of therapy, please contact us today to discuss low, or no-cost options.

If you are ready to begin the healing process, please click below to book your appointment today. Please note, all new clients must book an initial 15 minute phone consultation, free of charge, before booking a full appointment, for our therapists to gather essential background information including history, current challenges, and expectations for therapy. 

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905-937-5435 ext. 7000 | info@kristenfrenchcacn.org


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