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Children & Adolescents


Here at Exist we offer a range of specialized child and adolescent mental health services for children and adolescents up to the age of 18 years with emotional and behavioral struggles including assessment and therapy.

 

This includes young people with a diagnosable psychiatric disorder whose condition is considered seriously detrimental to their growth or development and/or where there are substantial difficulties in the person’s social or family environment. Emotional disturbance in childhood and adolescence may present in a variety of ways. Emotional disturbance in childhood presents itself through hyperactivity, nightmares, fearfulness, and bed-wetting, language problems, refusal to attend school, and stealing are among the behaviors that may indicate distress or disturbance.

 

Common mental health disorders and difficulties encountered during childhood and the teenage years include: ADHD (attention deficit hyperactivity disorder); anxiety and a range of related anxiety disorders ranging from simple phobias to social anxiety, generalized anxiety disorder and PTSD (post-traumatic stress disorder); behavioral problems; bullying; depression; eating disorders (including anorexia nervosa and bulimia); obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD); psychotic disorders - and in particular schizophrenia; and substance abuse.

 

Our practitioners incorporate a variety of techniques and methods used to help children and adolescents who are experiencing difficulties by offering them emotional support, helping them resolve conflicts with others, understand feelings and problems, and try out new solutions to old problems.

 

We Offer:

 

Early Childhood Counselling: Research is increasingly demonstrating the benefits of early intervention and prevention. We provide evidence-based services to young children, families, and schools (including parenting programs, social skills development and mental health consultation services.)

Children and Adolescents (preschool through age 18): we assists families, children and adolescents through individual and family counselling, case management, group counselling, and linking families to needed services in our community. We focus on social skills, emotion regulation and problem-solving to promote children’s social, emotional and academic competence, positive peer interactions, reduce behavioral problems, and foster children’s self esteem and self-management skills.

Psychological Assessment: we offer quality, comprehensive psychological assessment and testing services for children and adolescents experiencing academic, behavioral, and/or mood-related difficulties. We also refer clients to where they could find help with learning disabilities and any of the Autism Spectrum Disorders,

School-Based Services: comprehensive, school-based services in the school.  Services include school consultation and family counselling.

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