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Couples Therapy
Child Counselling Calgary | McAtee Psychology

Child Counselling Calgary

Our approach with children includes a combination of child-friendly therapy strategies in conjunction with parent consultation. After performing an assessment we will help you understand the root of your child's difficulties and provide you with at-home interventions to support you and your family in managing these difficulties. We use developmentally appropriate strategies to help your child express their emotions so they can better manage emotional and behavioral challenges.


We use a network of a child psychologists, Occupational Therapists and Language Pathologists whom we can refer to, to provide your child with the support they need to lead a rich, full, and meaningful life. For Children/Teen Counselling - the primary client(s) should be the child. All first appointments for child/teen counselling are with parent(s) only. Speak with your therapist if you wish to change this arrangement

Types of Child Counseling

Types of  Child Counselling

Benefits of Child Counselling

  • Sharing of thoughts and emotions

  • Identify the real problems and issues that the child is having and learn to treat these issues effectively

  • Strengthen the child-parent relationship

  • Being able to express their problems generally leads to a happier child.

Psychologist for Children | McAtee Psychology

Child psychologist & Child Counselling FAQ

  • What are the steps I need to take to begin the couples counselling process?
    If you or your partner are worried about your relationship the first step you need to take is requesting a free 20-minute consultation. From this point we will book an appointment in person or online and then develop goals from there to best meet your needs.
  • What do you cover in couples counselling?
    I will work with you to develop a therapeutic plan designed to address your unique needs, goals, and problems/issues. Together we will prioritize which goals you would like to "target" first.
  • What's your clinical counselling timings?
    At the Thrive Business Centre: Tue & Thurs: 12 pm - 9 pm & Wed: 2 - 8 pm, At the Sunalta location: Monday and Friday from 12 pm - 9 pm. Subsequent sessions focus on your individualized goals. Appointments are between 1 - 3 weeks apart to give you opportunities to work on the skills you have learned from the previous therapy sessions.
  • How can someone outside my relationship really help me?
    Seeing a therapist can help you identify issues that you may not have seen at the time and then equip you with the tools you need to fix these issues and develop a better connection with your partner.
  • How long does the couples counselling process last?
    This process is a little different for everyone. It will depend on how much work you have to do, how often I see you, and how hard you work towards your goals.
  • Will my health insurance cover most of the costs of couples counselling?
    Almost all Extended Health Care Plans cover all or a portion of the costs for a psychologist under "psychologist services", "psychotherapy", or "counselling". Contact your insurance agent for more information on reimbursement procedures and coverage information. Direct Billing can be performed for a number of companies. Direct billing is where the Psychologist will bill your insurance company and you will only be responsible to pay for your portion of the session cost. Click here to see if yours can be directly billed.
  • Will my partner and I always attend couples counselling sessions together?
    Attending couples counselling sessions together works best for the relationship. It will help to see both sides of the story and different perspectives on the issues you wish to tackle. If for whatever reason you or your partner can not make it to the session we can always reschedule up to 24 hours beforehand.
  • Can I come for couples counselling without my partner?
    We recommend coming together, but if one of you can not make it we can reschedule up to 24 hours beforehand. We also offer individual counselling for individual issues outside the relationship: anger management, communication skills, conflict resolution, emotional expression
Ally Venturo B.A., Counselling Intern | McAtee Psychology

Ally Venturo
B.A., M.A 
Registered Provisional Psych

Availability weekly

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Gavin McAtee
BA., BASc., MEd., Registered Psych

Availability for current and previous clients only.

Get Child Counselling in Calgary

If you are unsure whether we can meet your child psychologist counselling online or assessment needs give us a call to receive a free consultation. You can then decide whether we are a good fit for you or your family.

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