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Connected Parenting offers individual and family therapy, as well as parent coaching and children’s social skills groups. The team also teaches parenting courses and provides workshops to schools and organizations, across the U.S. and Canada. Session can be held in person by video conferencing or telephone.

*Fees may be partially or fully covered by extended health care benefits

To Book a therapy or coaching session with a Connected Parenting team member, contact Rebecca Lindsay at (416) 781-4700 or info@connectedparenting.com.

Individual therapy with children and teens

Individual therapy is a powerful intervention for children and adolescents who are experiencing emotional difficulties. The goal is to enhance the child’s ability to manage their feelings and behaviors, develop insight and make good choices. Most children love coming to their sessions and look forward to their appointments each week. Parents are welcome to stay in the room with their child until their child feels comfortable.

Family therapy/parent coaching

Empathy is the most powerful tool that parents can use to build a stronger, closer relationship with their child. Parenting with compassion instead of anger helps to calm and de-escalate tantrums while increasing compliance and improving children’s self-esteem.

This approach emphasizes the nurturing of the delicate bond between parent and child. Parents learn to attune to their child’s feelings and accurately communicate them back to their child. They will also learn how to effectively use empathy to strengthen and deepen relationships with their children, and to develop effective strategies to manage negative behavior and avoid power struggles. These techniques will inspire you to be the best parent you can be while helping your child to be the best that they can be.

Cognitive-behavioral therapy (CBT)

This is a form of therapy emphasizes the important role of thinking about how we feel and what we do. CBT helps children to identify the thinking that is causing the feelings and/or behaviors and to learn how to replace this thinking with thoughts that lead to more desirable reactions. It is most useful for children with anxiety, impulse control and/or frustration, and anger control issues. The goal is for children to learn to control their feelings instead of their feelings controlling them.

Social skills groups

In a safe and supportive environment, children will learn social strategies that will raise self-esteem and build resilience. Children are taught to stand up for themselves in positive ways, encouraged to advocate for themselves and to reach out to others in order to build and sustain friendships. Children who have experienced bullying will learn to feel empowered and feel more confident in social situations.

Social skills groups – We believe it is important that children feel understood and have the opportunity to try new social skills and take risks in a safe, comfortable and supportive environment. This group is a learning environment where the children learn or better understand emotions by exploring cognitive behavioral strategies for calming down, perceiving others more accurately, and standing up for themselves in difficult social or bullying situations at school. Children share their feelings and concerns and learn by experience in the group as they work on sharing, negotiating and connecting to one another. Throughout the year, we offer social skills groups for children who have anxiety, learning disabilities, difficulties socially and for children who are gifted.

Register for a Connected Parenting Workshop

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"Connected Parenting advises us not just how to parent, but—far more important—who to be as parents. The therapeutic methods suggested by Jennifer Kolari are based not on simple-minded behavioural solutions, but on building warm, nurturing relationships with our children, with insight and compassion not only for their little flaws, but also for our own larger ones."
—Gabor Maté, M.D.

"A must read for parents, educators, and any other adults who want to connect in a deeply caring and positive way with the children in their lives."
—Barbara Coloroso