Early Childhood Mental Health is a confidential child- and family-centered program. It is free and voluntary. It is for children from birth to age 6 who have emotional, behavioural or psychological concerns, and their families.
Typical reasons for referral include attachment issues, trauma, anxiety, grief and loss and disruptive behaviours.
Treatment may include:
- Individual child and/or family therapy. Therapies include Play Therapy, Parent and Child Theraplay, Filial Therapy and Family Therapy.
- Parenting consultation on children’s developmental, emotional and psychological needs, parenting strategies, family dynamics and specific parenting needs.
Intervention is based on the child's and family’s individual needs. The treatment plan is developed with the parents/guardians.
Where appropriate, and with permission from the parent/guardian, ECMH works with other service providers such as preschools, schools, community agencies and other professionals.