Groups & Workshops

Throughout the year, there are therapeutic group sessions offered that target specific topics, such as parenting or anxiety. Please check back to see what is developing!

Parent Education Groups


For parents of children aged 6-12.
Winter 2018, Mondays, Jan. 22 – Mar. 5, 7pm – 8:30pm (No session Feb. 12)

ParentingJoin Johanna for a FREE parenting series – “Help! My Kid Didn’t Come With an Owner’s Manual!” for the winter session at John Braithwaite Community Centre.

Would you like to:
  • Discover the “roles” that children adopt within the family?
  • Explore ways to shift behaviours and patterns that are no longer working?
  • Use consequences and encouragement versus punishment and praise?
  • Find ways of empowering versus enabling your children?

Johanna cannot provide the owner’s manual but she is offering a parenting course combining the Systematic Training for Effective Parenting (STEP) program, Positive Discipline, attachment theory and the latest in brain research for parents of children aged 6-12. Click here for more details and registration information.

Read what parents who have taken the parenting program have said:
  • “What was most meaningful to me was learning about the different parenting
    styles and how to use reflective listening to help improve communication in my family.”
  • “We feel relieved to have some strategies to manage difficult situations.”
  • “Johanna was very approachable and responded to questions and comments appropriately.”

Other Presentations

The Many Faces of Anxiety

This presentation talks about the anxiety signs in children, common misdiagnoses of anxiety, and some simple strategies that parents can use with their anxious child.

Parenting Challenges: Pre-school Aged Children

This presentation looks at some of the most common issues that arise with young children and suggests effective ways of dealing with these.

Becoming an Encouraging Parent

Encouragement has positive effects on the brain. Learn what encouragement is, the differences between praise and encouragement and how to encourage your child.

Putting “You” Back in Youth: Understanding Adolescents

This presentation aims to provide parents, caregivers, educators, service providers of pre-teens and teens a helpful, new lens through which to view teens. By understanding teenage behaviours, adults can better connect with teens. This presentation utilizes Attachment Theory, the latest information about brain development, Family Systems and Adlerian Psychology.

For Professionals

Play Therapy: The Importance of Play

Learn how to:
  • have age appropriate empathy with your clinical skills to allow children the opportunity to develop problem-solving skills
  • engage a child’s inner resources, values, and move towards wholeness through play therapy
  • integrate Play Therapy with Rogerian, Adlerian, and Family Systems theory
  • engage the parent in the child’s healing process
  • support parents towards more effective engagement

Contact Johanna to book a presentation for your group on one of these topics or a topic of your choosing.