Child and Youth Therapy

Healthy minds, hopeful tomorrows

Supporting children and youth to best navigate stress, worry, and various life’s challenges of today, is growing a resilient, compassionate, and balanced adult in the future.

I work with young clients from a strengths based approach, to strengthen their self-esteem and sense of connection to themselves and others. Building a staircase of the mind, children and youth can learn practical strategies to manage intense emotions, difficult feelings and live a more balanced life at home, school and their community

I work with children ages 8 and up. While I can provide individual psychotherapy sessions with children, I encourage parent or caregiver involvement. This can be discussed at initial consultation. With adolescents (13 and up), sessions can be individual and/or with family or caregiver.

If your child or teen is experiencing the following, support is available:

  • Withdrawal from friends and family
  • Changes in mood, such as increased irritability or sadness
  • Difficulty concentrating or sudden drops in academic performance
  • Re-enacting the traumatic event through play or drawings
  • Unexplained aches and pains
  • Changes in eating or sleeping patterns
  • Sudden fear of being alone or clinginess
  • Regressive behaviors, like bedwetting or thumb-sucking
  • Increased startle response or jumpiness
  • Avoidance of certain places, people, or activities related to the trauma
  • Nightmares or trouble sleeping
  • Excessive worry or anxiety, particularly about safety
  • Anger outbursts or aggressive behavior
  • Feelings of guilt or shame
  • Loss of interest in previously enjoyed activities

Providing a caring, empathic and
non-judgemental space for conversation

My approach to child and youth therapy centers on creating a secure and caring space, allowing your child to safely express their emotions, thoughts, and experiences. I have experience working with children and youth who experience the following:

  • School difficulties – academic and social
  • Worries and fears
  • Sadness and depression
  • Anxiety and nervousness
  • Difficulty making and keeping friends
  • Bullying
  • Grief and Bereavement
  • Separation/Divorce 
  • Chronic Health problems (self or parent)
  • Immigration 
  • Domestic Violence and Abuse
  • “Coming out” and/or exploring  LGBTTQ identities
  • Self-Harming 
  • Sexual Assault and Abuse
  • Life transitions – to high school, college, university, workforce
  • Family communication problem

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Jennifer Pinto
Registered social worker, MSW, RSW