Author: Erika Bardal

Erika has a Master’s degree in Counselling Psychology from the Adler School of Professional Psychology and is a member of the British Columbia Association of Clinical Counsellors.

Erika specializes in providing individual and group counselling to children and youth, having gained experience in both non-profit and school settings. She has worked extensively with children and youth going through separation and divorce, as well as children who have witnessed abuse. Erika has provided workshops for youth on domestic violence, dating abuse and healthy relationships, and has facilitated parenting groups and workshops. She has also worked with children with autism spectrum disorders.

Erika works with children and youth experiencing trauma, separation or divorce, anxiety, depression, low self-esteem and grief. Using an eclectic, client-centred approach, which includes art and play therapy, cognitive behavioural therapy and Adlerian therapy, Erika strives to help her clients cope with the challenging issues in their lives.

Is Your Child Highly Sensitive

       Five-year-old Johnny is a quiet little boy who is hesitant about new experiences. He likes to observe activities before he joins in, and he spent his first few weeks of kindergarten hanging back and watching the other children play. At home, he gets very absorbed in pretend play with his LEGO, and he tends to be easily startled when interrupted. He thinks things through before he acts, so his parents rarely have to worry about him climbing

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Play Therapy

What is Play Therapy? Young children do not typically come into the therapy room, sit down, and begin to discuss their problems. This kind of “talk therapy” requires abstract thinking and a level of ability to verbalize thoughts and feelings that most children have not yet acquired. Instead, therapy with children must take into account their developmental needs and abilities. Terry Kottman describes play therapy as “an approach to counseling young children in which the counselor uses toys, art supplies,

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Is Your Daughter In An Unhealthy Relationship?

Some people think dating violence is an issue that only affects adults. Unfortunately, this is far from the truth. The reality is that young women ages 15-24 are the group most likely to be victims of dating abuse. While this problem also affects teenaged boys, statistics show that girls are at a much higher risk. The following information applies to both boys and girls in abusive relationships. Abuse in any relationship is a pattern of behaviour in which one partner

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Children and Divorce (and How Parents Can Help)

Divorce is a difficult process for everyone involved. For parents, it is often a time of grief and anger about the loss of the relationship, as well as increased stress and worry about the future. Unfortunately, divorce is just as difficult for children. Adults frequently underestimate the impact that divorce has on children’s lives. I recall working with a young boy who referred to this transition in his life as “my divorce.” This was a good reminder that this huge

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