THE NEURODIVERSITY FAMILY CENTRE
ABOUT OUR CENTER
We are a Neurodiversity (ND) affirming centre where we don't see ND as the problem but instead a roadmap for support. We focus on a family centered approach where the health and wellness of the whole family is the goal whether the primary client is the youth or caregiver(s). Although each practitioner uses their own unique set of skills and therapy styles, as a centre, we focus on the use of the collaborative problem solving approach by Dr. Ross Greene with our clients.
Our center offers support for Neurodivergent children, youth, adults and their families in order to provide education, build connections, and foster success.
Currently our practitioners specialize in ADHD, Autism Spectrum Disorder and Oppositional Defiant Disorder. However, we are working towards offering services for twice exceptional youth, Obsessive Compulsive Disorder and more.
SERVICES WE OFFER
CHILD & YOUTH COUNSELLING
$140 for 50 minute youth session and parenting support intake session with one caregiver
$216 for Initial Intake Sessions for 2 caregivers + (80 minutes)
($50 for a 50 minute youth session with a practicum student September-June)
Youth ages 4+
Youth have a lot to navigate during their teen years: school, friendships, family and new experiences. It is easy to get overwhelmed or lost along the way. Our goal is to support youth in navigating the complexities of the world, listen to their concerns and help them find solutions to the issues that keep them up at night.
Note: Parents are required to engage in a parental intake sessions prior to initiating counselling with a youth.
Parent sessions help our practitioners get a fuller picture of what is going on for the youth, allow us time to address parent concerns and to share strategies in order to help youth and families in reaching their goals.
For youth ages 5-10 we do require consistent parental engagement in counselling sessions (either 1:1 or family sessions).
For youth ages 11+ we recommend, at minimum, a parent engagement sessions every two to three months.
COUNSELLING FOR PARENTS & GUARDIANS
$140 for individual 50 minute sessions
$160 for 2 + caregivers for 50 minutes
($50 for a 50 minute session with a practicum student September-June)
Parenting and personal support for individual caregivers of tweens, teens and young adults.
"You can't pour from an empty cup". Children need happy, healthy and stable caregivers to thrive.
Is it possible that your child's behaviours have something to do with your mental state?
Are you finding you have less patience and empathy for them and just wish they would listen?
Are you doing everything for everyone else and leaving your own needs by the wayside?
My goal is to help you find patience, empathy and insight, both with yourself and with your youth, so that you can connect more authentically with your child.
$160 for a 50 minute session
Your families imperfections are what makes your family unique. That uniqueness is why it may be difficult to just "read a book" and know how to help your family through difficult times.
Our practitioners keep your family's uniqueness in mind and help to problem solve in order for you to connect with your children while giving them the support and space they need to grow in to healthy, happy and confident adults.
INDIVIDUAL COUNSELLING SUPPORT FOR ADULTS
$140 for a 50 minute session
($50 for a 50 minute session with a Practicum Student September - June)
We provide virtual and in-person counselling support for neurodivergent individuals as well as those dealing with depression, anxiety, self-esteem, addiction, chronic illness, trauma and more.
We require a minimum of 24 hours notice of all cancelations. Cancelations can be done using the booking website. If you want to cancel your appointment within 24 hours you must contact your practitioner, however, you will be charged the full fee and be sent an invoice to your Email on file.
For youth ages 11 and under:
The centre is currently in the process of being able to accept Autism Funding. Currently parents must pay up-front for their sessions until their Autism Funding is directly linked to the centre and then the centre will begin direct billing.
For youth ages 12 and over:
Parents will need to pay the clinic via Etransfer directly and have the Autism Funding directly deposited to their own account as reimbursement for services.
For more information on how this is done visit the Autism Funding Website Here.
From the Autism Funding Government Website:
"Parents with children 12 years or older can apply for funding to be paid them directly and then pay service providers that qualify for funding.
To qualify, the parent or guardian who signs the Direct Payment Agreement (PDF) must have successfully managed their autism funding for at least two years (24 months).
Ask to switch to direct payment. If you would like to switch to the direct payment method, let the Autism Funding Branch know at least 60 days before the end of your current funding period.
Follow the rules. Parents must comply with the terms of the agreement. If not, the agreement can be cancelled and parents will only be able to access funding using the invoice payment method."
MA, BEd, BA
Registered Clinical Counsellor
Mary is the owner/operator of The Neurodiversity Family Centre and specializes in parenting support and helping teens with Attention Deficit Disorder (ADHD), challenging behaviours and addiction issues. Mary has lived experience as a person with ADHD, a parent and being a part of a neurodiverse family. Mary believes challenging behaviours are just the symptom of the problem and works with her clients to identify underlying issues and use collaborative problem solving to reduce or eliminate them.
Mary has worked for 10 years as a school counsellor and for over five years with youth-at-risk for Victoria's Youth Empowerment Society at the teen drop in centre, youth Detox and youth shelter.
Mary works with teens ages 14+, parents and families.
Kirsten is delighted to be back working with little folks (and their parents) again. She gained her knowledge and experience all over the province, working as a neurobehavioural specialist at a child development centre, as a counsellor at a non-profit for children with mental health issues, and as a family therapist at another non-profit supporting parents. Kirsten specializes in FASD and also has extensive knowledge and professional experience with ADHD. On a personal level, she is a parent to one young adult with ADHD, and another who is trans. She also has a number of family members with mental health challenges.
Kirsten understands that parents are the ones best placed to make a positive difference in the lives of their children, and all the many barriers that can get in the way of that. Her goal is to build safe relationships with children and their parents, empowering both to walk away with increased confidence, trust and understanding.
Kirsten works with children ages 4+, and their parents.
Registered Clinical Counsellor
Stephanie has spent most of her professional career working with those impacted by trauma and addictions. She also has experience working with children and their families with various exceptionalities and experiences (e.g. Anxiety, Depression, Autism Spectrum Disorder, and Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder) using neuro and biofeedback interventions.
Stephanie uses a client-centred, trauma-informed approach to working with individuals, and believes that offering a safe place for individuals to come and feel heard is the first step in counselling. Stephanie believes in providing individuals with strategies that they can implement into their daily life. She uses a client-centred approach, meaning that strategies, tools, and interventions used for each individual/family are different depending on the needs of that individual/family. She is also a trained EMDR (Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing) clinician.
Stephanie works with youth age 10+, parents, emerging adults, and adults.
Her appointments are offered virtually only.
MEd, BSc Psych
Registered Clinical Counsellor
Sam has spent most of her professional career working with youth, adults, and families with varying exceptionalities and experiences (e.g., Autism Spectrum Disorder, Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder, Mood Disorders, Anxiety Disorders, executive functioning deficits, high performance athletics, and chronic illness) in both individual, group, and psychoeducational assessment settings. She also has lived experience with Anxiety and Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder.
She takes a trauma informed, client-centered, integrative, non-judgemental approach that emphasizes collaboration and relationship building in order to foster a safe space for people to explore the self and challenge their assumptions and perspectives.
Sam works with youth ages 14+, parents, emerging adults, and adults.
MEd, BEd, BFA
Registered Clinical Counsellor
With a background in teaching and school counselling, Sarah's approach to private practice rests in a strengths-based and person-centred approach. Her specialization is in the neurology of trauma and trauma healing, as well as working with marginalized groups, specifically those within the 2SLGBTQIA+ community. Neurodivergent herself, Sarah's ND specializations are ADHD, ASD, and OCD, in addition to anxiety, depression, and PTSD (complex or otherwise).
Sarah's area of proficiency focuses on identifying practices and strategies that can be implemented within support structures to enhance care for trans and gender non-conforming youth and their families. She is hugely passionate about empowering kids and teens to find strategies and practices that are meaningful and helpful for their individual needs, as well as becoming comfortable to practice advocating for themselves.
Sarah works with youth ages 8+, emerging adults, and adults.
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