SUPPORT & INTERVENTION FOR KIDS & TEENS

"Remember, you're growing a person, not fixing a problem." L.R. Knost

 

Growtherapy provides therapeutic support and intervention for children and adolescents. We offer a wide variety of services ranging from individual counselling and therapy in the family home, to school-wide wellbeing programs. The growtherapy model is eco-systemic and integrative - in a nutshell, this means we explore the bigger picture, and have a big toolkit to facilitate change.

eco-systemic

integrative

An eco-systemic approach looks at child development and disorder in the context of all aspects of a child’s life, integrating biological, social, and cultural aspects.

  • Child specific factors are such things as age, gender, ability/disability, health, and temperament.
  • The microsystem is the circle of things that directly affect the child, like his family, school, and religion.
  • The mesosystem is how these things relate to one another.
  • The exosystem is the outside influences that indirectly affect the child. If a parent loses his job, for instance, it can affect a child’s home life.
  • The macrosystem is the culture in which the child lives: poverty and ethnicity are examples of these factors.
  • The chronosystem involves the transitions and patterns that develop over time in things like divorces and deaths, as well as biology and aging.

An eco-systemic approach considers all of these factors when it focuses on a problematic child issue. This is in contrast to traditional approaches that focus on reacting to a symptom. Such approaches tend to focus on a specific within-child presenting issue and then attempt to eliminate it. Not only does this often fail to address underlying causes or contributing factors, but it also neglects the impact that a child has on others in the eco-system, e.g. Upset peers, stressed teachers, overwhelmed parents, etc.

 

Integrative therapies and interventions consider the presenting problem as well as the individual characteristics, preferences, needs, physical abilities, spiritual beliefs, and motivation levels of the children, adolescents, families, and professionals they are working with.

Rather than relying on a 'one size fits all' approach, integrative approaches benefit from access to the theories and techniques of multiple therapeutic modalities resulting in individually tailored and responsive treatment plans based on thorough eco-systemic assessments.