Play Therapy
Play therapy is a structured, theoretically based approach to therapy that builds on the normal communicative and learning processes of children (Carmichael, 2006; Landreth, 2002; O'Connor & Schaefer, 1983). The curative powers inherent in play are used in many ways. Therapists strategically utilize play therapy to help children express what is troubling them when they do not have the verbal language to express their thoughts and feelings (Gil, 1991). In play therapy, toys are like the child's words and play is the child's language (Landreth, 2002).
Click here to view a video about Play Therapy from the US Assocation for Play Therapy. More information about play therapy

Individual CounsellingIndividual Counselling
Fernie Counselling & Consulting assists in helping individuals manage stressful life situations, emotional distress or relationship difficulties by enhancing effective coping strategies, self-esteem and strengthening supportive relationships. Since the circumstances, backgrounds and needs of each client differ; there are different types of counselling methods and approaches to represent each client’s unique and different circumstances.  We will work with you to determine a plan of treatment that is the most effective for you.  This may involve one single type of method, or it can include a combination of different methods, which is referred to as the eclectic therapy approach.

Counselling or therapy is confidential, objective and professional.  Professional counselling involves an assessment, a plan and well-researched tools that help you overcome or manage problems.  Sometimes people can become stuck and this assistance is intended to move you forward in your life so that old patterns and ways of functioning can change.

Family CounsellingFamily Counselling
Is it fun and exciting to be a member of your family?  Family counselling and family therapy aims to help your family work through the challenges that you are faced with today.  This involves working with you and your family to asses how you manage your daily life, to identify your strengths and difficulties, to establish individual and family goals, and to address these challenges and goals through a series of insightful and creative sessions.

Individual CounsellingChild Parent Relationship Therapy (CPRT)
CPRT is a Filial Therapy Model for training parents with children from 2 - 10 years old. This training will help you learn skills that will make a difference in your life and the life of your child.  You will learn how to regain control as a parent, help your child develop self-control, effectively discipline and limit inappropriate behaviour, understand your child’s emotional needs and communicate more effectively with your child.  You will see a noticeable difference in your relationship with your child, your child’s behaviour, your ability to respond effectively and your confidence in parenting skills!

Family Law Mediation
Family Law MediationFernie Counselling and Consulting provides an alternative to litigation that can offer more effective ways to resolve family disputes.  This process is a voluntary attempt by each party to respectfully negotiate and develop their own agreement with the assistance of an impartial, neutral and trained person present. The Mediator can assist with helping to identify the conflict, help the parties set goals and achieve them through constructive dialogue. Mediation involves facilitating communication that relates to marriage, cohabitation, separation, divorcen, and/or custody issues. Fernie Counselling and Consulting has no independent decision making power.  Legal advice for each party’s interest is recomended.

Team Building Character Education ProgramTeam Building Character Education Program
This building-character education program strives to develop behavioural skills that are based on specific personal characteristic values and attitudes deemed important for healthy, productive and social living; optimizing growth in academic, cognitive, career, emotional, moral-ethical, personal and social learning arenas. Presentations are designed to help individuals focus on acquiring the attainment of knowledge and skills for developing healthy life goals and acquiring the behaviours to reach those goals.

Adoption Servies by Fernie Counselling and ConsultingAdoption
Adoption services are provided in the Kootenay area from a licensed non-profit, non-sectarian, adoption and counselling agency of your choice.  This service provides free counselling for pregnant women unsure of what to do, an opportunity to completely explore all available options with unbiased support empowering women to make their own well informed decision.  Domestic and inter-country adoption facilitation as well as education, counseling and support are included for those desiring adoption.

Crisis Trauma ResponseCrisis Trauma Response
The principles of Field Traumatology or emergency mental health are provided for those individuals or families impacted by the loss and grief experienced from a traumatic event.

EMDR Therapy
Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR) therapy is an integrative psychotherapy approach that has been extensively researched and proven effective for the treatment of trauma. EMDR is a set of standardized protocols that incorporates elements from many different treatment approaches. To date, EMDR therapy has helped millions of people of all ages relieve many types of psychological stress.EMDR VIDEO EMDR VIDEO read more

Couples Counselling
Couples Counselling
Couples' counselling focuses on helping to better manage or reconcile troublesome differences with in a relationship. All couples have conflicts or disagreements. But the difference between a happily married and committed couple, and an unhappy union most frequently involves the ability to discuss and resolve differences in a positive manner that respects the interests and needs of each individual.

Therapy will guide couples on this path toward a harmonious and long last relationship.