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As parents, we want our children to be healthy, happy, and successful. We want them to grow, to acquire new skills and knowledge, to discover their special gifts and talents, and to form gratifying relationships with others. Human development, however, does not always proceed in a simple and consistent manner. All children go through stages of internal conflict which might lead to changes in behavior and emotional state. Some children have trouble coping with transitions, family changes (e.g. a birth of a sibling, a divorce), traumatic events, losses, and physical illness. At times, normal development may be blocked or thwarted due to a developmental, neurological, or psychological disorder. When parents become concerned, they often refer to parenting books and magazines. While a wealth of information can be gained through such resources, they will not always be able to explain what is happenning to your specific child. Understanding the child's experiences, their feelings and thoughts, is the first step towards helping them. If you want to gain an insight into why your child has certain difficulties and how to help them, you might consider consulting with a licensed child psychologist or licensed child psychotherapist. Children's difficulties are often related to the family dynamics, maladaptive patterns of communication and/or the parents' relationship as a couple. To address these larger contexts, we also offer family therapy and marriage counselling as well as adult therapy.
Our centre located just north of Toronto offers a full range of psychological and psycho-educational assessments as well as psychotherapy. Our licensed and experienced child psychologists and psychotherapists diagnose and treat children and teenagers with learning disabilities, attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), oppositional-defiant disorder, intermittent explosive disorder (anger problems), anxiety, depression, self-injury behavior, or autism spectrum disorders (incl. Asperger's syndrome).
After an initial consultation, a child psychologist or a child therapist may suggest psychological evaluation to determine the underlying causes of the observed behavior. Psychological testing may include social-emotional assessment, autism assessment (incl. Asperger's), or psychoeducational testing (incl. ADHD testing and learning disabilities testing). We also conduct giftedness testing and career assessments for teenagers and young adults.
Based on the results of psychological testing, we may choose to address a child's issues through cognitive-behavioural therapy, play therapy, family therapy, or relational psychodynamic therapy.
Our services are offered in English, Russian, Spanish, and Hebrew. We plan to start offering services in Farsi and Cantonese in Sept. 2015. We are located in south Richmond Hill and easily accessible from Toronto, North York, Thornhill, Maple, Markham, Vaughan, Woodbridge, Aurora, and Newmarket. The fees are within the guidelines suggested by the Ontario Psychological Association, and can be fully or partially covered by extended health insurance plans provided by your employer. Feel free to contact us by phone or email if you require further assistance.
With warm regards,
Dr. Tali Shenfield, Ph.D, C.Psych
Clinical Director of Richmond Hill Psychology Center
Dr. Tali Shenfield, Toronto, ON.
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