THE NEURODIVERSITY FAMILY CENTRE

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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.

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SERVICES WE OFFER

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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)
(NOTE: $105 for a 50 minute session with our intern Rhiannon or $50 for a 50 minute youth session with a practicum student September-June.  If you'd like to be added to our Practicum Student Waitlist please Click Here)

Youth ages 4+


Youth have a lot to navigate: school, friendships, family and new experiences. It is easy to get overwhelmed or lost along the way. Our goal is to support children and 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 as well as follow-up parenting support sessions. 


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

(NOTE: $105 for a 50 minute session with our intern Rhiannon or $50 for a 50 minute youth session with a practicum student September-June.  If you'd like to be added to our Practicum Student Waitlist please Click Here)

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?

Our 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 and find more peace in your relationship. 

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FAMILY COUNSELLING

$160 for a 50 minute session

Your family's 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

(NOTE: $105 for a 50 minute session with our intern Rhiannon or $50 for a 50 minute youth session with a practicum student September-June.  If you'd like to be added to our Practicum Student Waitlist please Click Here)

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.

Take a look at our practitioners to see their specialty areas. 

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Upcoming Workshops

  • Caring for Yourself Too: For Parents/Guardians of Trans Youth
    Oct 05, 7:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m.
    Online Workshop
    In this very personal workshop, Kirsten Mueller will share some strategies and tools, learned during her career as a social worker, that have helped her personally in times of overwhelming emotions and parental stress.
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  • More than Just Bathrooms: A LGBTQ2S+ Workshop for Caregivers & Support Workers
    Nov 02, 6:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m. PDT
    Workshop
    A comprehensive workshop for caregivers and support workers who are looking for more information on how to support LGBTQ2S+ youth.
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  • POSTPONED: Parenting Youth with ADHD: Newly diagnosed
    Postponed until January/February 2023
    Online Workshop
    Postponed until January/February 2023
    Online Workshop
    $50 (Including GST) Per Family Join Stephanie McAlister, a registered clinical counsellor (RCC, M.A.), to develop a better understanding of your child’s new diagnosis of ADHD.
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  • Parenting Neurodiverse Youth: Social Emotional and Regulation Strategies
    Sept 28, 7:00 p.m. – 8:30 p.m.
    Workshop
    Join Mary Klovance, a school teacher, school counsellor and Registered Clinical Counsellor (B.A., B.Ed., M.A) and learn more about how you can foster these important skills within your child. In this workshop we will discuss the following: - Building Resilience - Fostering Social Emotional Skills
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Cancelation Policy

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.

 

Autism Funding

NOTE: All Autism funding clients must have a credit card on file for no-show or late cancelation fees because Autism Funding does not cover the cost of these sessions


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 practitioner and then your practitioner 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 to 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."

 

OUR PRACTITIONERS

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MARY KLOVANCE

MA, BEd, BA
Registered Clinical Counsellor
She/Her
Mary works with teens ages 14+, parents and families.

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. She is also a local public speaker on the topic of parenting youth with ADHD and was featured in "Calming the ADHD Family: ADHD brain hacks for a calm, confident, connected family" and upcoming events for the BC Association of Clinical Counsellors. 

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RHIANNON HARDING

MA Student Intern

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She works with youth ages 12+, emerging adults, and adults. 

Note: Rhiannon charges $105 (including GST) per 50 minute session at our Intern rate.

Rhiannon is dedicated to providing her clients with a safe, compassionate, validating and non-judgmental space that facilitates healing and fulfillment. Her goal is to continually support you and work with you to address the various concerns and challenges that may occur within your life. Rhiannon is committed to helping guide you through a therapeutic process that is collaborative, supportive, goal-oriented, and feels meaningful to you. Rhiannon’s particular areas of proficiency include self-esteem development, anxiety, ADHD, stress, social and emotional wellness, relationship and interpersonal issues, LGBTQ2S+ issues, gender identity, and adolescent behavioural challenges. 


Through the counselling relationship, Rhiannon is dedicated to helping clients develop themselves in core areas such as self-awareness, acceptance, coping strategies and communication skills. She utilizes an integrative counselling approach rooted primarily in person-centered, cognitive behavioural, strengths-based and solution-focused techniques, believing in the power of one’s own strengths and sense of resilience. Rhiannon looks forward to working with you to develop strategies that “fit,” are effective, and reinforce positive patterns that support you in moving towards wellness.

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KIRSTEN MUELLER

MSW 
Registered Social Worker
She/Her
Kirsten offers 'walk and talk' session, in-person and virtual.
She works with children ages 4-9, 17+ and caregivers.

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.

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MARGARET MACGILLIVRAY

BEd, M.Ed 
Registered Clinical Counsellor
She/Her
Margaret works with youth ages 5-13, parents and families.

Margaret has spent the majority of her professional career working with children, youth, and caregivers in the school system as a support teacher and school counsellor. This has provided her with the skills, experience, and knowledge to work with children of varying exceptionalities and experiences (e.g., Autism Spectrum Disorder, Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder, Oppositional Defiant Disorder, Mood Disorders, Anxiety Disorders, Complex Developmental and Sensory issues, and Selective Mutism). She also has lived experience with Anxiety and ADHD. 
She uses a client-centered, Adlerian framework in her therapeutic relationships. This means that the most significant objective for her as a counsellor is to ensure empathy, care, and safety.
She is also certified in sand tray therapy and uses art based along with play strategies to help children deal with intense emotions, emotional regulation, trauma, and relationship building. She is aware of the challenges that exist with raising neurodiverse children and wants to support caregivers in their parenting journey.

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CHRISTINE GOLDER

M.A., B.Ed., B.Sc.
Registered Clinical Counsellor (RCC)
She/Her
Certified Autism Spectrum Disorder Specialist
Christine works with youth (age 12+), adults and families

Christine is a Registered Clinical Counsellor with a specialty in Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD). Christine has over ten years of professional experience working with youth who have a wide range of mental health concerns such as Autism, ADHD, depression, and anxiety. 


In addition to her background in school counselling, Christine has lived experience as a parent to a teen with Autism. She understands the challenges teens and their parents face in their day-to-day lives. Christine uses her strength-based, solution-focused approach to help clients navigate interpersonal and communication issues and find self-regulation strategies that work. Christine loves helping her clients find ways to feel more socially connected, regulated, and supported at home, school and in their community.

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HEATHER THRASHER

BSW, MA
Registered Clinical Counsellor and Psychotherapist.
She/Her
Online Only.
Heather works with youth ages 10+, emerging adults, adults, caregivers and families through virtual sessions.

Heather is a warm and empathetic individual who is passionate about supporting youth in their transition years as they navigate their journey to adulthood and independence as well as adults with their own experiences managing neurodivergent diagnosis.  She has personal experience as a parent of teenage twins and a third, two of which have neurodivergent diagnosis.  
Heather has over 14 years of experience working with families.  She began her work in Haida Gwaii and more recently work with a not-for-profit as a neurobehavioural specialist supporting children and caregivers; she identifies as having a mixed Métis and settler ancestry.  Her specializations are in working with individuals with FASD, ADHD, and ASD diagnosis as well as anxiety, PTSD and trauma.

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SARAH WILSON

MEd, BEd, BFA

Registered Clinical Counsellor 
She/They

Sarah works with youth ages 8+, emerging adults, and adults.

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. 

Note: Sarah is taking a waitlist at this time. 

 
 

CONTACT US

If you're looking to connect with a counsellor or have any questions please reach out.

#300 - 1627 Fort St,
Victoria BC
V8R 1B2

1 (778) 906-8626

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