Midtown Psychological Services

Registered Psychologist, Yonge & Eglinton in Toronto

Youth Counselling & Psychotherapy

Dr. Donna Reist, PhD., C.Psych. & Associates

Coping with stress and suffering is a lifelong journey. It is an inevitable part of being human. We know that, like most adults, children are experiencing very high levels of stress in their lives. In our modern era, there is tremendous pressure to compete and succeed – academically, economically, and socially.

Increased use of social media, despite its benefits, is linked with rising levels of depression, low self-esteem and anxiety. Bullying and traumatic exposure to interpersonal violence is a worldwide epidemic, both online and off.

For many children, home may also be a source of stress or discomfort as parents deal with excessive demands on their own time or may have problems of their own, that despite best intentions, tend to filter down.

This can explain why some children may engage in attention-seeking behaviors or act out in disruptive ways. Some children may avoid social activities or become resistant to going to school. Instead they may prefer an environment where they feel most safe, such as in their room, perhaps playing video games or absorbing themselves in the Internet. Others may throw themselves into schoolwork while neglecting relationships with others, or they may turn to self- harming, drugs, or alcohol to escape the stress in their lives.

Dr. Donna Reist, PhD., C.Psych. Registered Psychologist
Dr. Donna Reist, PhD., C.Psych.
Registered Psychologist

Counselling & Psychotherapy at Midtown Psychology

At Midtown Psychological Services we offer an integrative approach to child and adolescent psychotherapy. We incorporate aspects of family therapy, insight-oriented therapy, cognitive behavioural therapy, mindfulness-based strategies, sensory motor psychotherapy, solution-focused and play therapy approaches to meet the individual needs of children and youth. Our work in school psychology also provides us with a unique perspective on the learning challenges and associated social emotional difficulties that children and youth may experience.

Does your child need some help?’ 

  • Does your child seem unhappy or anxious?
  • Have you noticed a change in their behaviour?
  • Does school work cause distress?
  • Do you see poor self esteem or self-image
  • Is getting out of bed and going to school difficult?
  • Is your child struggling socially with other children or adults?
  • Do you worry they have few or no friends?
  • Do you find it difficult to get your child to engage in family activities?
  • Are you worried about emotional outbursts or conflicts with others?
  • Is your child being bullied?
  • Is there unresolved trauma, such as divorce or death of a loved one?
  • Is your child struggling with their sexual orientation or gender identity?
  • Do you have difficulty getting your child to tell you what is wrong?
  • Is it difficult getting your child to limit their use of video games?
  • Are you worried they may be experimenting with drugs or alcohol?

You are not alone; many parents are experiencing what you are going through.

What are the benefits of counselling & psychotherapy

There are many benefits to counselling and psychotherapy:

  • Helps your child process upsetting events
  • Facilitates learning about feelings and how to cope with them
  • Teaches self-care
  • Helps to work through interpersonal conflicts
  • Builds trust in others who want to help them
  • Helps to develop communication skills
  • Teaches problem solving skills.
  • Teaches social skills
  • Helps to get youth unstuck and moving forward
  • Deepens relationship skills

If you are concerned about your child or youth or would just like to consult with us, we invite you to give us call. We provide a professional and confidential environment and we will meet you with a compassionate, non-judgmental attitude. Our goal is to support you as a parent and to work with you to identify your child’s needs and how we may be able to help.