We are known for our high-quality child counselling using play therapy techniques and expressive art therapy techniques. We also specialize in post-adoption services.
Expressive art therapeutic techniques (or creative arts techniques) is the use of thecreative arts as a form of therapeutic counselling. Unlike traditional art expression, the process of creation is emphasized rather than the final product. The use of expressive art techniques is predicated on the assumption that people can heal through the use of imagination and the various forms of creative expression.
Play therapeutic techniques is a form of counselling that uses play to communicate with and help people, especially children, to prevent or resolve psychosocial challenges. This is to help them towards better social integration, growth and development, emotional modulation, and trauma resolution.
FSGV also uses animal-assisted therapy (AAT) with children. This therapeutic technique involves animals as a form of treatment. The goal of AAT is to improve a client's social, emotional, and/or cognitive functioning. Advocates state that animals can be useful for educational and motivational effectiveness in participants. A counsellor who brings along a pet may be viewed as being less threatening, increasing the rapport between client and counsellor.
Leo is a Certified Therapy Dog who has passed his behavioural assessment. He will be accompanying Ava on her appointments. Leo is hypoallergenic and will not cause an allergic reaction for the vast majority.
Misty and Sunny are chihuahuas that accompany Luciana on visits with her clients. In some cases, children will have the opportunity to meet one or both of them.
For youth (13 to 17)
Teenagers can get individual counselling, offered in a traditional 'talk therapy' format. For teenagers 16 and older, an intake can be done without a parent present.
To access counselling for children under 16, a general intake with onlythe parent/guardian present is made. Intake for children's counselling is a $30 fee. Once a counsellor has been assigned, an initial appointment with the selected counsellor takes place with onlythe parent/guardian present (sliding-scale fees apply at this point).
Permission is only required from one parent/guardian to register a child for counselling. However, if the child has another parent/guardian, we do ask that they are notified before we see the child.
Family Services of Greater Victoria does not provide service for children younger than 4 years old. Providing support for parents to help reduce the conflict is our best recommendation. If you are experiencing troubles with your young child(ren), we suggest Adult Counselling, Parenting After Separation, or the Caught in the Middle parents' program.
Please call us at (250) 386-4331 to register your child for counselling intake.
Our Children's Counsellors
Sliding scale fees*
* Reduced fees are available by special application. ** 48 hours (2 days) notice of cancellation is required. Otherwise, a regular fee will apply.
Cost per session
$35,000 or less
$35,000 - $45,000
$45,000 - $60,000
$60,000 - $75,000
$75,000 or more
Child and Youth Counselling is partially funded by the United Way of Greater Victoria and the Vandekerkhove Foundation. We acknowledge the financial assistance of the Province of British Columbia.