I provide counselling to children, teens and parents where there are concerns regarding negative behaviours, worries, sadness, loss or parenting challenges. Changes in a child’s behaviours, thoughts or feelings can often result in disharmony in the family and cause you as a parent, great distress. I offer therapy for all family members, depending on the needs of your situation.
The counselling I provide is an interactive process between individual and family therapy. As your child’s difficulties are experienced within the context of your family, it is important that you as a parent, are also provided with support and education in order to help your child heal. Depending on the needs and resources of your family, I am available to provide:
- Individual therapy (parent, teen, child)
- Family Therapy
- Parent Coaching & Counselling
- Attachment Therapy
- Play, art and expressive Therapy
- Cognitive-behavioural Therapy
- School observation and consultation to teachers
- Clinical Supervision for Therapists
Children’s Problems Where I Can Provide Help:
- Emotional stress due to changes or a loss in the family
- Anxiety, over-worrying
- Excessive fears
- Aggression or behaviour problems
- Feeling sad or depressed
- Suffering from the effects of a trauma (accident, abuse, domestic conflict)
- Relational problems (sibling conflicts, trouble making friends, etc.)
If your child is suffering from a loss, worry, traumatic experience or is having difficulty resolving developmental issues, as a counselor, I have experience working with children exhibiting a range of problems. I am able to offer you support and guidance to reduce your stress and help you connect with your child on a deeper level so you can help your child in the best way possible.
Parenting Problems Where I Can Provide Help:
- Parenting issues (feeling overwhelmed, hopeless, concerns for child affecting own functioning)
- Family stressors (separation/divorce, co-parenting, extended family conflicts etc.)
- Own childhood issues affecting ability to parent
- Trauma (accident, past abuse history etc.)
- Concerns about your attachment to your child
- Grief and loss
- Parent/teen mediation
- Support to access other resources for you or your child
What You Can Expect from the counselling process:
1. FREE Phone Consultation
During your free 10-minute consultation, we will discuss what your concerns are as well as what your hopes are for your child and your family. You may ask me any questions about my experience or expertise and gain a greater sense of who I am and how therapy can be of benefit to you, your child, teen and your family.
If you feel that working together would be beneficial then we can set up an appointment to meet.
2. First session
We will book an initial 90-minute session. I typically meet first with parents in order to gain a thorough history of the problems to be addressed as well as the developmental history of your child. During the initial session we can get a good understanding of the goals and areas of change that you would like to see happen. At this time, we can decide whether to start therapy with you and your child, the family as a whole or only with certain family members (either your child, or you and your partner).
3. Subsequent sessions
Each therapy session is typically 50 minutes long. At times, a longer session may be required with you in order to review your child’s progress and discuss complex parenting concerns or to provide parenting education/training to you. If longer sessions are indicated, we can discuss this together.
Fees & payment:
Each one hour individual session is $120 plus GST. There is an initial 1.5 hour session which costs $180 plus GST. Payment is due at the end of each session. Fees may be paid by cash or cheque.
Many extended health care plans (e.g., Blue Cross, Sunlife, ManuLife, etc.) will reimburse you for the services of a Registered Clinical Counsellor (RCC) or a Canadian Certified Counsellor (CCC). Check with your plan administrator to see if you are able to submit your receipts for reimbursement. An official receipt will be issued which you may use for reimbursement. Contact your plan administrator to see if you are eligible.
Unfortunately, counselling is not covered by BC’s provincial health care plan (MSP).
Missed or late appointments:
24 hours notice is required to cancel an appointment. You are responsible for covering the cost of the session if you do not show up (except in the case of an emergency). Clients arriving late will forfeit this time from their 50 minute session.
How do I make an appointment?
Email Janice Ebenstiner at firstname.lastname@example.org or phone 604-787-7258 and leave a message on the confidential voicemail. Please note: there is no receptionist — your call will be returned as soon as possible, usually within 24 hours.
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I can offer Skype sessions for counselling as well as supervision for clients living outside of Vancouver.
Skype sessions are encrypted to ensure privacy and confidentiality.
To get started with Skype:
Go to the Skype website and download the latest version of Skype for Windows or Mac, and install it on your computer. For help and any questions you have about setting up or using Skype, click here.
If you wish to have face to face sessions, you will need a web cam if your computer doesn’t have one built in.
If you wish to consider Skype sessions for either therapy or clinical supervision, please email or call me to discuss.
Janice Ebenstiner is a play therapist, family therapist and parent counsellor and coach in Vancouver.