MEET KARA (SHE/HER)

Family driven. Loyal friend. Passionate thinker. Caring listener.

Kara has a Masters of Clinical Social Work, is a Certified Play Therapist, and an EMDR therapist. She focuses much of her training on attachment based models of interventions for children and families including Theraplay© and Dyadic Developmental Psychotherapy, and is a Registered Circle of Security© Facilitator. She also has additional training in Dialectical Behaviour Therapy and other complex trauma, cognitive behavioural play therapy, and attachment based trainings.

Over the past 15 years, Kara has worked in various systems in Manitoba – child
protection, foster care, healthcare and educational settings – providing support to
children and their families. This experience has equipped her with a greater
understanding of the systemic struggles many children and families face. She takes
many different systems into account during the therapeutic assessment, namely, the relationship the client has with the many environments present in their lives and how these impact overall well-being.

Kara specializes in providing therapeutic support to children and families with extensive trauma histories, often involved in the child welfare system. She also has experience in providing therapeutic support to children who are coping with ongoing parental conflict as a result of separation.

Kara believes that all children and families come to therapy with many strengths that are sometimes overshadowed by their hardships. Her committed, genuine, caring, honest, and non-judgmental approach directs her work and relationships with children and families. Using play, art, games, and conversation, Kara guides children and families work through their difficulties and relate to their struggles in a different, more empowered way.

MEET SARA (SHE/HER)

Dedicated Helper. Compassionate Human. Person Centered.

Sara has a Masters of Arts in Counselling Psychology and is a Certified Canadian Counsellor with the Canadian Counselling and Psychotherapy Association. Sara is also a Certified Play Therapist, a Certified Theraplay Practitioner, and an EMDR (Eye Movement Desensitization Reprocessing) Therapist. Sara helps children and youth with emotional and developmental issues, including children diagnosed with ASD and FASD/ARND. She specializes in treating children and youth with trauma, anxiety, loss and attachment issues.

Sara has worked with children and youth in various settings for over 25 years. She has completed extensive training related to helping children, youth and families. She has advanced training in Dyadic Developmental Psychotherapy and is a Registered Circle of Security© Facilitator, both of which are attachment based models of intervention. Sara has also completed training in Mindfulness, Dialectical Behaviour Therapy, Collaborative Proactive Solutions, and Cognitive Behavioural Play Therapy.

Sara’s gentle, playful approach to Therapy is rooted in her strong values of compassion, connection and creativity. Sara is committed to helping children work through their challenges by emphasizing their strengths and resilience. Sara believes that each child she sees has the capacity to work through their issues when they are provided with a warm, trusting, safe relationship and environment. Coming for Play Therapy provides children and their families with an opportunity to find new ways of understanding, relating and coping.

MEET TANYA (SHE/HER)

Compassionate presence. Relationship focused. Growth centered.

Tanya holds a Master of Social Work degree and is a Certified Play Therapist with the Canadian Association for Play Therapy. She holds a Certificate in Early Childhood Education, as well as being a Registered Circle of Security Parenting Facilitator. Tanya is the author of the children’s book The Helping Rock.

Tanya’s education and training have focused on attachment-based models for supporting children and caregivers including Theraplay and Dyadic Developmental Psychotherapy. She is an EMDR therapist. Tanya has extensive training and experience in supporting individuals who have experienced trauma, including individuals who have spent their lives locally, as well as those who are newcomers. Tanya is committed to ongoing learning about diversity, equity, inclusion and reconciliation. She seeks to provide a welcoming environment for all.

Over the past 20 years, Tanya has worked in community agency settings and child care centres providing therapy as well as behaviour and developmental supports to children and their caregivers. She specializes in helping parents and caregivers learn how to support their children, and to learn more about themselves in the process. She also specializes in supporting children with big feelings/challenging behaviours, anxiety, neurodiversity, trauma and loss. Tanya also sees adults for individual counselling, especially adults wishing to explore their role as a parent.

Tanya uses play, art, books and storytelling, games, sensory strategies, sand tray and conversation to help children gain confidence in their own strengths, and be open to new growth. She then provides a bridge to strengthen the child’s relationship with their caregivers. Tanya uses attachment-based strategies, trauma-informed approaches and a strengths-base with all the individuals she works with.

Tanya believes in the power of having compassion for ourselves and others, of being aware of our own way of being in the world, and of learning how to have meaningful relationships in the different roles we hold. She feels honoured to be in the role of helping individuals to gain self-awareness and confidence, so each of us can take our place in the world, and shine our light!