Understanding the Magic of Play Therapy for Kids
Acorn Counselling Blog
by Anna Raworth
13h ago
Unlocking Healing Through Play: Understanding the Magic of Play Therapy for Kids Are you considering therapy or counselling for your child? When they face challenges or struggle with their emotions, it’s natural for parents to want to help them flourish and grow. But sometimes, it can be challenging to know how to support them effectively, especially when words fail to bridge the gap between what they feel and what they can express. Enter Play Therapy, a gentle and powerful approach to counselling children that harnesses the therapeutic powers of play to facilitate healing and growth. The ..read more
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Empowering Parents: A Guide to SPACE Therapy for Child Anxiety
Acorn Counselling Blog
by Anna Raworth
1w ago
Empowering Parents: A Guide to Supportive Parenting for Anxious Childhood Emotions (SPACE) Treatment Is your child’s anxiety affecting how your family functions? How YOU as the parent operates on a day to day basis? Are you finding yourself changing your own behaviours to help manage your child’s distress. It’s not just you. Parents deeply love and care about their kids, and want to help them in times of distress.  Anxiety disorders are one of the most common mental health issues among children and adolescents. According to Anxiety Canada, upwards of 20% of children and teens are affected ..read more
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EFFT: help your child with big emotions and challenging behaviours
Acorn Counselling Blog
by Anna Raworth
1M ago
How to help your child with their BIG EMOTIONS and UNHELPFUL BEHAVIOURS After helping many parents work with their children to successfully regulate their child’s emotions and unhelpful behaviours, I’m sharing how Emotion-Focused Family Therapy (EFFT) can help you to provide support for your child who struggles with big emotions, and/or angry verbal and/or physical outbursts. Let’s dig into some brief science, but I promise, only for a moment… In the absence of the prefrontal cortex from being fully developed until the age of 25, you can imagine that children are generally governed by their em ..read more
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Single Session Therapy
Acorn Counselling Blog
by Anna Raworth
3M ago
Empowering Change in a Single Session: The Revolution of Single Session Therapy at Acorn Counselling In the ever-evolving landscape of mental health care, individuals seeking support often face challenges such as long waitlists and time constraints. Recognizing the need for immediate assistance, Acorn Counselling is proud to introduce Single Session Therapy (SST) as a groundbreaking solution. This innovative approach offers a swift and focused alternative to traditional long-term therapy, providing clients with immediate help and tangible solutions tailored to their unique needs. Understanding ..read more
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How to address Depression in Adults & Teens
Acorn Counselling Blog
by Anna Raworth
4M ago
Nurturing the Light Within: Understanding and Navigating Depression in Adults and Teens  As we approach the winter months, it’s important to recognize the unique challenges that depression poses for both adults and teens, and to explore strategies to manage symptoms and support well-being. Depression can cast a shadow over daily life, impacting not only individual mental health but also the dynamics of family, work, and school. In this blog, we seek to shed light on the symptoms of depression to monitor, and to offer insights and tips for managing depressed mood, focusing on strategies su ..read more
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Art Therapy
Acorn Counselling Blog
by Anna Raworth
9M ago
Art Therapy Art therapy is a unique form of therapy that combines the benefits of traditional talk therapy with the expression and creativity of art. It can be useful for children, youth, and adults who are struggling with a range of mental health issues, such as anxiety, depression, trauma, and behavioural issues. Art therapy allows individuals to explore and express their emotions through visual and creative channels, rather than solely relying on words or verbal communication. The Canadian Art Therapy Association describes Art Therapy as a combination of the creative process and psych ..read more
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Community Care
Acorn Counselling Blog
by Anna Raworth
10M ago
Don’t sting like a bee, live like a bee: focusing on community care We’ve all heard it before, the differences between the Western individualistic culture and the Eastern collectistic culture. Let’s not beat around the bush, the perspective pushed onto us through media and text has been that the Western world and its practices are superior to that of the Eastern world. However, does that mean that the individualistic mentality is more effective and helpful than the collectivistic practices of togetherness? No, it’s not. How can I offer such a succint and direct response?  Well, humans are ..read more
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Children & Grief
Acorn Counselling Blog
by Anna Raworth
10M ago
Caregiving Through Grief The loss of a loved one can be one of life’s most painful experiences. It is a time where we are navigating our own emotions, thoughts and transitioning into a new way of being and it can feel extra complex and challenging when we are simultaneously supporting our children through their own grief. Children’s grief can look different. Our hope is that this information will help you navigate or feel more prepared for that journey. After all, the loss of a loved one is a fundamental and inevitable human experience.  First, though loss is a shared human experience, it ..read more
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IFS: Parts in Parenting
Acorn Counselling Blog
by Anna Raworth
11M ago
IFS: Parts in Parenting Parenting, in all its complexity, offers us moments of intense emotions and experiences, sometimes in a way that feels polarizing or confusing. Perhaps it is deep frustration and deep love simultaneously. Or maybe a joined sense of loneliness and over touch. A need to be alone while also yearning for connection. How is it that we can feel such vastly different experiences at the same time? Let’s look at IFS.  It can help to work with each emotional experience as individual, internal parts, each working hard to help you manage and survive by tapping into a skill set ..read more
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Self-Care in Everyday Actions
Acorn Counselling Blog
by Anna Raworth
11M ago
How to Incorporate Acts of Self-Care in Everyday Actions Do you ever find yourself feeling exhausted, short-tempered, easily irritated, or losing joy and energy in things you previously enjoyed? Perhaps mental or medical health concerns or other possible stressors related to work or relationships contribute to these feelings. If you had to put all your life expectations and commitments on a plate, what does your plate look like? Is it pretty empty, full, overflowing? What’s on your plate, more importantly, are you on your plate? I mean it, are you someone that you take care of and prioritize ..read more
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