Emily Millar offers treatment to children, adolescents and young adults, particularly for those experiencing:
- anxious symptoms;
- depressive symptoms;
- anger and behavioural issues;
- difficulty regulating emotions; and
- difficulty managing stress.
Emily also works with parents/ caretakers to develop a specialized treatment plan to support their child.
She has particular expertise and experience related to the medical rehabilitation of individuals with acquired brain injury and mental health conditions.
Her primary approach to therapy is based on the principles of Cognitive Behavioural Therapy with contributions from her studies of Mindfulness practices and Applied Behaviour Analysis. Emily also utilizes play-based techniques, creating a safe space for a young person to express their thoughts and feelings.
Approaches to Treatment
Cognitive Behavioural Therapy
Cognitive Behavioural Therapy focuses on challenging and changing cognitive distortions and behaviors, improving emotional regulation, and the development of personal coping strategies that target solving current problems.
In short, CBT explores how one's thoughts, feelings and behaviours are related.
Allows one to express themselves in other modalities than speech, such as with sand trays, drawing and music. This is especially helpful for those who have difficulty talking about their thoughts and feelings.
"Play therapy is a relationship in which a trained therapist creates a safe space for clients to explore and express themselves through telling stories, having adventures, dancing, hearing stories, making up songs, messing around in the sand, doing art and playing."
- Kottman & Meany-Walen
The practice of purposeful, present moment awareness, with a non-judgemental stance. Mindfulness practices bring attention to our body, emotions, sensations and thoughts with a gentle and curious attitude.
Applied Behaviour Analysis
Assesses for a behaviour's antecedents and consequences. A Behavioural Plan is then developed which aims to reduce a problematic behaviour, while reinforcing a replacement target behaviour.