Preparing Your Child for Therapy
Is Counselling Right for Your Child?
Children and youth are often uncertain and worried about what to expect when they come to therapy for the first time. It is important that parents reassure their child or youth that the first session will be about getting to know each other. The parent or guardian should share with the child or youth that they do not need to discuss the reason for coming to therapy until they feel comfortable with their therapist. It is important that parents or guardians discuss with their child or youth why they are attending therapy and the benefits of coming to therapy.
This communication time prior to attending therapy can help prevent children or youth from being surprised when issues are discussed in session. Parents are encouraged to contact their child’s therapist for additional support to prepare their child or youth for therapy.
Fees & Hours
Some Private Extended Health Insurance and Benefit Plans with your insurance company may cover the cost of the hourly sessions. A referral from your family physician is not necessary to book an appointment. You may wish to discuss a referral with your physician to receive coverage under an extended health care plan if necessary by your insurance company. Counselling sessions may qualify under your workplace Employee Assistance Program (EAP). Please speak with your employer about your benefit plan. (Benefit plans that cover Registered Social Workers or those Registered with the College of Psychotherapy).
Some church denominations have implemented the Congregational Assistance Plan (CAP) for all those that attend. If the need is urgent and the church does not have CAP, it is recommended that you speak with your minister to determine whether you can access benevolent funds at your church.
Counselling/Psychotherapy is provided by appointment only. Please call to make an appointment at 519-281-1845 or send an e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org .
Addiction Services of Thames Valley – www.adstv.on.ca
Bereaved Families of Ontario – www.bfo.london.on.ca
Canadian Mental Health Association Oxford County Branch – www.cmhaoxford.on.ca
Canadian Mental Health Crisis number- 519-539-8342 or 1-877-339-8342
Changing Ways – www.changingways.on.ca
Child and Adolescent Center – www.lhsc.on.ca/mhcp/child.htm
Children’s Aid Society of Oxford County – Woodstock – www.casoxford.on.ca
Domestic Abuse Services of Oxford – www.daso.ca
Woodstock 519-539-4811 or 1-800-265-1938
EMDR International Association – www.emdria.org
Ontario College of Social Workers and Social Service Workers – www.ocswssw.org
Sexual Assault Center London – www.sacl.ca
Victims Assistance Services of Oxford County – www.vasoc.on.ca
Woodstock and Area Community Health Centre – www.wachc.ca
WELLKIN – www.wellkin.ca
Walk-in Clinics and Information – www.cmhaoxford.on.ca/programs/walk-in-counselling/
WELLKIN’s walk-in clinic at 912 Dundas Street on Tuesdays from 10 a.m-6 pm
Woodstock Hospital 310 Athlone Entrance 519-421-4223 on Thursdays from 12 pm- 7 pm
Canadian Mental Health Association 522 Peel Street Saturday from 11 a.m.-4 pm