Services: Children & Family Therapy

Parenting has its ups and downs. Child & Family Therapy can help smooth the way.

For children ages 5+

Tailored therapy options for children and families

At Dig a Little Deeper we understand that every child’s journey to healing is unique. That’s why we offer both in-person and online virtual/telehealth sessions, ensuring that your child receives the support they need, no matter the circumstances.

Our therapists are specialized in working with children 5+, offering a variety of proven interventions, such as play-based interventions, sand tray therapy and behaviour therapy. 

For children ages 10+ who would benefit from mental health diagnostic services, we offer comprehensive, pediatric psychiatric assessment, diagnosis and treatment through our Integrated Mental Health Clinic.

Our therapists who work with children

What to expect

Parents play an important role in therapy for children.

We know that healing doesn’t happen in isolation. That’s why we actively encourage family and parent engagement in their child’s therapeutic process. By involving caregivers in the journey, we empower families to better understand their child’s needs and support their growth both inside and outside the therapy room.

For younger children or tweens, your therapist will usually starts by conducting an interview with one or both parents or caregivers to gather information about the child and learn what the presenting problem is. The therapy plan will be tailored to the individual child, their family circumstances and the nature of the problems presenting. 

Our team of experienced therapists is dedicated to helping children and families navigate life’s challenges with resilience and strength. Whether your child is struggling with ADHD, behavioural issues, or simply needs a space to process their emotions, we’re here to help them thrive.

Child Therapy: exploring through play

For all humans, play is a fundamental element to our overall growth, and development of learning and processing the world.  Therapists who use play-based interventions are specially trained in the therapeutic power of play to help children process their experiences in the world, to form more effective and desired coping strategies, and to respond optimally for growth and development. 

Through play, children are able to express thoughts and feelings that might otherwise remain hidden in their unconscious awareness. Play therapists can help a child/family improve: attachment- relationships, self-expression and emotional regulation,  resiliency and self-esteem, learning tools for stress management and pro-social behaviours. 

Play therapists pay special attention to the child’s choice of play objects, the types of play the child engages in, and well as the style of play. 

Sand Tray Therapy

Sand tray therapy is a holistic therapeutic approach healing and self-discovery. Sand tray therapy is also used for people (including children) who have experienced or witnessed a traumatic event such as abuse or a catastrophic incident. 

Sand tray therapy is based on the notion that if a therapist provides the client with a safe space, the client will use the sand tray to create solutions to their problems on their own. Utilizing miniature figures and a sandbox, sand tray therapy provides a safe and nonverbal space for individuals to explore and express their innermost thoughts, emotions, and experiences.

Ideal for children, adolescents, and adults alike, sand tray therapy offers a creative outlet for processing trauma, reducing anxiety, and fostering personal growth. 

Sand play therapy has been shown to benefit the following issues

Behaviour Therapy

For kids diagnosed with ADHD

While medication works on a neurological level to regulate the brain (kids with ADHD often have irregular brain-wave levels), behavioural therapy addresses specific problem behaviours by structuring time at home, establishing predictability and routines, and increasing positive attention.

Behaviour therapy in the context of ADHD is not really for the child – it’s for the adults in the child’s life. In this context, parents, teachers, and other caregivers learn better ways to work with and relate to the child with ADHD. You will learn how to set and enforce rules, help your child understand what they need to do, use positive reinforcement effectively, and encourage good behaviour. Your child will learn better ways to control their behaviour as a result. You will learn how to be more consistent. 

Visit our ADHD Resource Hub’s Parenting page to learn more about the importance of neurodivergent-affirming strategies to support the healthy development of your child and family. 

Your Child's Journey, Our Commitment

Our experienced therapists are committed to providing compassionate support and evidence-based interventions tailored to your child’s unique needs.

Whether your child is facing challenges with anxiety, ADHD, behavioural issues, or navigating life transitions, we’re here to walk alongside them every step of the way.

No matter the format, your child’s journey to healing is our top priority. Whether you choose in-person or online virtual/telehealth therapy, you can trust that your child will receive the highest quality of care from our dedicated team of therapists.

Together, let’s embark on a journey of growth, resilience, and healing – wherever you are.