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Child Therapy


Child and Adolescent Therapy

The Child and Youth Therapy Service at Ray’s Room is dedicated to providing comprehensive and specialized therapeutic support for children and adolescents facing a range of emotional, behavioral, and mental health challenges. With a team of experienced and compassionate therapists, Ray’s Room creates a safe and nurturing environment where young individuals can express themselves freely and work towards achieving improved mental well-being. Tailoring the approach to the unique needs of each individual, our therapists employ evidence-based interventions to address issues such as anxiety, depression, trauma, and family dynamics. Through both individual and family sessions, Ray’s Room clinicians aim to empower young people with essential coping skills, enhance their emotional resilience, and foster healthier relationships, thereby facilitating their holistic development.
At the heart of Rays Room is a commitment to collaborative and client-centered care. By actively involving parents, guardians, and caregivers in the therapeutic process, the service recognizes the importance of the familial context in a young person’s life. This inclusive approach fosters stronger communication, understanding, and support within families, ultimately contributing to the sustainable well-being of the child or adolescent. Rays Room also extends its impact beyond therapy rooms by offering specialized training to educators, community organizations, and healthcare providers, ensuring that a broader network is equipped to provide effective care and create an environment conducive to the emotional growth of the next generation.

How Assist Throughout The Developmental Stages

Developmental Timeline


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Cognitive growth involves recognizing objects, understanding cause and effect, and developing basic problem-solving skills. Socially, they form bonds, show emotions, and may display separation anxiety. At Ray’s Room, we use attachment based therapies, circle of security and parent coaching with kids of this age.


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cognitive growth involves increased curiosity and language development. Socially, they assert independence, engage with peers, and form friendships. Language skills expand, progressing from simple sentences to more complex conversations. At Ray’s Room, we use family play therapy, SPT and other experiential therapies to work with this developmental age.


4 – 8

Cognitive shifts include grasp of logical thinking, advance in reading and critical thought, and explore complex topics. Socially, they build deeper friendships, navigate group dynamics, and develop a sense of identity. Language-wise, vocabulary and communication become more sophisticated, reading skills improve, and writing evolves to express intricate ideas. At Ray’s Room, we use talking therapies, individual and family therapy, and experiential therapies for kids of this age.

8 – 12

Cognitive growth includes abstract thinking, enhanced reading and critical reasoning, and the exploration of personal interests. Socially, children deepen empathy, refine social skills, and embrace increasing independence. At Ray’s Room, we use talking therapies, individual and family therapy and begin to work with cognitive based therapies.


12 – 16

Cognitively, adolescents refine abstract thinking, critical analysis, and decision-making abilities. Socially, they deepen empathy, explore identity, and improve emotional regulation. At Rays Room, we support young adults through their journey using CBT, DBT, Mindfulness Based Therapies, and family therapy.

ADHD and Conduct Disorders

At Rays Room, our therapists work with individuals with ADHD (Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder) using a combination of strategies and interventions tailored to the specific needs of each person. Here are some common approaches:
  1. Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT): CBT helps individuals with ADHD identify and change negative thought patterns, impulsive behaviors, and develop effective coping strategies to manage impulsivity, inattention, and hyperactivity.
  2. Skill-Building: Therapists teach practical skills like time management, organization, planning, and task initiation to help individuals with ADHD better manage their daily responsibilities.
  3. Behavioral Interventions: Behavioral therapies involve creating structured routines, setting clear expectations, and using rewards or consequences to encourage positive behaviors and discourage impulsive actions.

Play Therapy

What is Play Therapy?
“Play is the child’s language, and toys are the child’s words.” (Dr. Garry L. Landreth, Director Emeritus of the Association for Play Therapy)
Play is a child’s natural language and medium of self-expression. Children are not able to verbally express and process their experiences and emotions like adults do because their cognitive abilities and verbal skills are still developing. Just as adults in counselling and therapy “talk out” their difficulties, children “play out” their feelings, thoughts and problems. A trained play therapist uses play therapeutically to help children express and work through their difficult emotions and challenges, develop coping strategies, and find solutions to problems.


Understanding “Neurodiversity”
Neurodiversity embodies the concept that individuals engage with their surroundings through a diverse spectrum of cognitive processes, eschewing a standardized or singular mode of thinking, learning, and behavior. Within this paradigm, distinctions are not construed as deficiencies; rather, they manifest as unique expressions of human cognition. The term “neurodiversity” serves as a widely embraced descriptor for the variations in brain function. Its essence resides in the acceptance of the kaleidoscopic ways in which individuals perceive and engage with the world, underlining the importance of cherishing and promoting such differences.
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