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We are an inclusive space, offering support, education, and fostering connections for individuals of all ages, with or without a neurodivergence or any formal diagnosis. We offer specialized counselling for neurodivergent children, youth, adults and their families with in areas like Autism support, ADHD services, and parenting support.
Our mission is to embrace and celebrate neurodiversity, affirming the unique strengths that each individual brings to our community while also addressing the challenges they face with a supportive, empathetic and problem solving approach. Through our specialized counselling services, we create a safe and welcoming space where individuals and families can thrive.
As a team, we are dedicated to breaking down barriers, erasing stigma, and empowering individuals to embrace their authentic selves. We strive to build a world where neurodiversity is not only accepted but celebrated, where support and education are readily accessible, and where the power of connection enriches lives. Together, we embark on a journey of understanding, empathy, and growth, paving the way for a brighter, more inclusive future.
When working with children and youth, we focus on a family centered approach and require the participation of at least one caregiver when working with youth of all ages.
Although each practitioner uses their own unique set of skills and therapy styles, such as CBT (Cognitive Behavioural Therapy), as a centre we focus on a strengths based approach and the use of collaborative problem solving (CPS Model) by Dr. Ross Greene with our clients.
Our center offers support for all children, youth, adults and their families. We do not require clients to have a formal diagnosis to work with our staff although we do specialize in neurodiversity. When working with neurodivergent folk and/or their family, we provide education about neurological differences and help families find ways to change the environment and social expectations surrounding the client while building the individual's personal skill sets.
Currently our practitioners specialize in anxiety, depression, Autism (ASD), Attention Deficit Hyperactivity (ADHD), Fetal Alcohol Syndrome (FASD), Obsessive Compulsive Disorder(OCD), Oppositional Defiance (ODD), PTSD, trauma, Twice Exceptional folks and Learning Disabilities. We also provide specialized support for members of the 2SLGBTQIA+ community and their caregivers.
Note: We do not provide assessments or Applied Behaviour Analysis (ABA) therapy.
WHAT DOES NEURODIVERSITY AFFIRMING CARE MEAN?
WHAT DOES NEURODIVERSITY MEAN?
Noun: The diversity or variation of cognitive functioning in people. Everyone has a unique brain and therefore different skills, abilities, and needs.
WHAT DOES NEURODIVERGENCE AND NEURODIVERGENT MEAN?
Neurodivergence: Noun: Cognitive functioning which is not considered Neurotypical. For example, autistic, dyslexic, and dyspraxic people.
Neurodivergent: Adjective: Describes people who have a neurodivergence.
WHAT DOES NEURODIVERSITY AFFIRMING MEAN?
We recognize that any resulting disabilities from neurodivergence is rooted in societal barriers and not as individual deficits. We believe that neurodivergence should be celebrated and supported through a strengths based approach. When a neurodivergent individual experiences challenges, our counselling approach is not to force the individual to change, but to instead adapt their environment and learn specific skill sets in order to foster their own interpretation of success.
HOW ARE YOUR PRACTITIONERS' PRACTICES NEURODIVERSITY AFFIRMING?
Each of our practitioners are trained in Ross Greene's Collaborative Problem Solving Approach (CPS model) because "Kids do well if they can"- Ross Greene. We work with parents and youth to communicate, connect and collaboratively problem solve unmet expectations and address lagging skills.
Many of our practitioners also have specialized training certificates in areas of Neurodivergence such as Autism and Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder.
Each practitioner has also done training on what Neurodiversity Affirming care looks like within the helping profession and many of our practitioners are neurodivergent with lived experience.
Each practitioners uses a strengths based approach to help individuals and families find solutions that fit their unique needs in addition to other modalities such as Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT), Solution Focused Therapy, Sand Tray Therapy, Narrative Therapy etc.
Low-Cost Counselling Options
All students & interns are supervised by Mary Klovance RCC.
Students are in the practicum phase of completing their masters, they may be in the first year or second year of study.
Student Rates are:
Individual Sessions: $50 (Including GST)
2+ People Sessions: $70 (Including GST)
Interns have completed all of their required practicum hours and are often finishing up or are already finished their course work and are waiting for their applications to the BCACC to process.
50m Individual Sessions: $105 (Including GST)
50m 2+ Group Sessions: $125 (Including GST)
80m 2+ Group Session: $187.50 (Including GST)
We Are Hiring!
We are looking for experienced and passionate occupational therapists and Registered Clinical Psychologists to join our team! We are committed to providing neurodiversity affirming care, and are looking for professionals who share this commitment. We seek individuals who recognize the importance of providing tailored treatments for neurodivergent individuals, and who understand the importance of creating a positive and supportive environment. If you are interested in joining our team and helping to make a difference in the lives of our clients, please apply today!
Parking is out front of Shoppers Drug Mart on Fort St.
The door to our building is located to the right of Shoppers.
You may use the elevator or stairs to get to the third floor.
Look for #300 on the right (Hallway sign says Metanoia) and wait in the waiting area for your practitioner to receive you.
Please wait outside the doors to the right of Shoppers for your practitioner to come get you as the main doors will be locked.
MAKE A REFERRAL
If you'd like to book a child, youth, adult or family counselling session with one of our practitioners please fill out the form below.
You do not need a formal diagnosis to work with our practitioners nor do you need to be neurodivergent. It's also important to note that we do not offer formal assessments.
We do not provide formal assessments, diagnosis, prescriptions or Applied Behaviour Analysis (ABA) therapy.
#300 - 1627 Fort St,
We require a minimum of 24 hours notice for all cancellations. Cancellations can be done using the booking website prior to 24 hours. 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. We prefer a credit card be put on file in the case of a late cancellation or missed appointment.
We at The Neurodiversity Family Centre acknowledge and respect the lək̓ʷəŋən peoples on whose traditional territory the centre stands and the Songhees, Esquimalt and W̱SÁNEĆ peoples whose historical relationships with the land continue to this day.