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ABOUT OUR CENTER

We are a neurodiversity affirming centre where we support all individuals and families by providing education about neurological differences and help to find ways to change the environment and social expectations while building personal skill sets. 

We also 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, as a centre, we focus on a strengths based approach and the use of the collaborative problem solving approach (CPS Model) by Dr. Ross Greene with our clients. 


Our center offers support for all children, youth, adults and their families and specialize in neurodiversity. We provide support, education, and foster connection. 


Currently our practitioners specialize in anxiety, depression, Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD), Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD), Fetal Alcohol Syndrome (FASD), Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD),  Oppositional Defiant Disorder (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 PRACTITIONER'S 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 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. 

 

Upcoming Workshops

  • ADHD in children: Newly diagnosed
    Wed, Dec 14
    Online Workshop
    Dec 14, 7:00 p.m. – 8:30 p.m. PST
    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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  • Caring for Yourself Too: For Parents/Guardians of Trans Youth
    Jan 11, 2023, 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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  • Parenting Neurodivergent Youth: Social Emotional and Regulation Strategies
    Jan 25, 2023, 7:00 p.m. – 8:30 p.m. PST
    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 better support your child during moments of dysregulation.
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  • Managing Through the Meltdowns Parent Group
    Feb 01, 2023, 7:00 p.m. – Feb 16, 2023, 8:30 p.m.
    Parenting Group
    What is a “meltdown” anyway? Do adults have meltdowns? What myths do we hold about our child’s meltdowns? Most of all, how can we hope to co-regulate our child into the “just right” state (where they can learn and grow), when we are just barely holding on ourselves?
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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.

Note: You do not need a formal diagnosis to work with our practitioners and we do not offer formal assessments. 

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

1 (778) 906-8626

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Cancellation Policy

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.