CTSS Mental Health Practitioner
More About Cara Chapdelaine
My areas of clinical interest include working with children, adults and families around the areas of trauma, anxiety, positive parent support and strategies, foster care/adoption, blended families, and domestic violence, I am working towards becoming a registered play therapist.
I work with children and families from a relational perspective. I believe that children and caregivers alike thrive when their relationships with one another feel safe, secure, and meaningful. I use play therapy and family therapy techniques to help caregivers learn how to play and "be with" their children in a way that the child feels seen, understood, and loved. It is also important for caregivers to feel supported, strong, and balanced and I focus on supporting caregivers to learn and use positive parenting strategies, co-regulation and prioritize their own self-care.
I utilize techniques from both non-directive and directive play therapy to engage children and their families. It is important to me to work with a trauma informed lens and to share this perspective with others to ensure that the struggles, needs and stories of others are shared and understood in a safe and respectful manner. I believe we all need unconditional support and safety to be well and I hope to offer this to my clients.
I enjoy spending time with my family, walking and hiking, and exploring new restaurants.