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Toronto Play Therapy

For Children With Anxiety & Behaviour Challenges

  • Reduce your child’s anxiety
  • Help build their confidence and social skills
  • Improve behavioural issues
  • Supervised by a Psychologist
  • Covered by most health insurance plans

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Natural Treatment For Your Children

Generally for children ages 4 to 13, play therapy is a form of counselling that relies on play to help therapists communicate with children and understand their mental health. Because children develop cognitive skills before language skills, play is an effective way to understand a child. The therapist may observe a child playing with toys–such as playhouses and dolls–to understand the child’s behaviour and identify issues. Children do not have to be verbal to engage in play therapy as play is the communication tool.

Atmosphere & Working With Parents

Our therapy area is a safe and welcoming space. Children are given the space to express themselves without feeling any pressure. After all there are here to “play”! When we work with the child it is a one-one-one session with just the child and the therapist. However, we keep parents apprised about their child’s progress on a regular basis and provide strategies and tips for continuing work at home as needed.


What Is Play Therapy & How Will It Help My Child?

Expressive Arts

Expressive arts therapy is the use of the creative arts as a form of therapy on the basis that people can heal through use of imagination and creativity. Expressive arts therapy would include art therapy, dance therapy, drama therapy, music therapy and writing therapy.

Person Centred

Person-centered therapy uses a non-authoritative approach that allows clients to take more of a lead in discussions so that, in the process, they will discover their own solutions. The therapist acts as a compassionate facilitator, listening without judgment and acknowledging the client’s experience without moving the conversation in another direction.

Who Can Benefit

Children, youth, and/or their families who have experienced:

  • Trauma
  • Grief and bereavement
  • Family transitions
  • Parental separation and/or divorce
  • Difficulty navigating LGBTQ issues
  • Behavioural challenges
  • Social skills challenges

Why Choose The Toronto Neuofeedback and Psychotherapy Team?

Nicole McCance: Clinical Psychologist

Nicole McCance is a Registered Psychologist with an M.A in Counselling Psychology, a B.A. in Criminology and a B.A with Honours in Psychology. Nicole has been in private practice since 2006, she holds a certificate from Harvard Medical School in Trauma and Recovery and is a member in good standing with the College of Psychologists of Ontario.

Nicole frequently appears as the go-to mental health and relationship expert on Global News, CTV News and Breakfast Television. She has also contributed to many print media outlets such as The Globe and Mail, Macleans, the Toronto Star, Men’s Health, Canadian Living and Elle Canada. She is also the author the Amazon best-selling book 52 Ways to Beat Depression Naturally.

Shannon Holmes: Play Therapist

Shannon’s interest in helping others started in high school when working at a daycare with a child who was diagnosed with Tourette Syndrome. She started her career as a child and youth worker in an assessment receiving group home for the children’s aid society. Shannon then left the group home setting and worked for the school board as a school-wide behaviour specialist. Once she began to learn more about play therapy, she realized it truly placed the child at the centre of the therapy, and focused on their goals and making them successful within themselves. This goes in line with her values and passion for helping others. Shannon believes we are all capable of success, we have the obstacle of finding out our path and having the strength and support to follow it. All individuals know what they need, but get weighed down by other things in life. Having someone there to support you in expressing what you need is a key to success.

Since starting her career in play therapy, Shannon has gone on to receive her Certificate in Clinical Traumatology and is currently completing her Masters of Psychology at Adler.

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