Happiness is not a station you arrive at, but a
manner of traveling
Gisella La Madrid, MA, RCC
Child & Family Counsellor
Child Specialist & Divorce Coach
I am the Founder of Strong Ties - Child & Family Services, created with the vision of helping you, your child and your family grow and heal.
With children, we provide a friendly, fun and warm environment where play is key to process experiences.With teens and adults, we provide the emotional support and practical tools to help them feel more at ease, balanced, energized, empowered and confident.
With parents and families, know that we solve doubts, practice new strategies, and help you deepen the bond with your children.
I hold a B.A. in Clinical Psychology and an M.A. in Counselling Psychology. I have specialized training in play therapy and divorce coaching. Before opening my private practice I have worked in non-profit agencies specialized in children and families, SFU research labs and the neuropsychiatry department at BC Children's Hospital (BCCH).
Veronika Paukunnen, MA, RCC
Individual, Child & Family Counsellor
Making sense of children and what lies behind their behaviour is important. In our counselling sessions I ensure that clients feel comfortable and safe to explore their feelings and motivations as well as tap on inner resources. I have years of experience working with children and youth as a support worker and counsellor and I enjoy their creative and resilient spirits.
I have a BSc Psychology degree and a MA degree in Counselling. I facilitate counselling from an integrative approach which at times may include play, art therapy, solution focused and cognitive behavioural therapeutic approaches. Before working at Strong Ties I have worked at non-profit agencies and in a private counselling agency, always helping children, teenagers and adults.
Our practice is based on warmth, optimism, curiosity, courage and connection.
Our strength as counsellors is the ability to create safe and supporting environments in which clients feel cared and deeply listened to. In our work together you can expect a non-judgemental and encouraging atmosphere in which you can rediscover what already makes you great. We will also strive to discover what lies behind the behaviours of your child or partner as understanding is one of the keys to positive change.
Our wish for clients is to provide practical resources, empower them through their multiple challenges, and to help them build a deep sense of balance and connection.
We target our methods to you. However, most of our interventions are based on:
Child-centered play and expressive therapy
Synergetic Play Therapy
Emotionally Focused Family Therapy
Attachment and Development Theories
Cognitive Behavioural Therapy
Family Systems Theories