Worry Matters Counselling

Eva Pedersen MA, RSW, RCC

Children's Counselling

NOTE: Currently, I am only accepting parent consultations for the Supportive Parenting for Anxious Childhood Emotions (SPACE) program. Let me know if you would like your child added to the waitlist for individual counselling. Through the use of fun, creative, and practical strategies, I help kids learn how to overcome worrying situations so that they can spend more time and energy enjoying life and developing their potential.

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Parent Consultation

Supporting parents to respond to their child's anxiety in ways that help their child move through difficult situations and increase positive coping habits.

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Lego Social Skills Groups

Stay tuned for information about children's Lego group offerings for 2022/23. The groups will be for children ages 6-9 who are socially shy or reserved. This is a small group experience that emphasizes collaborative learning and positive social interactions. If you would like to be put on a waitlist, please email through the website or through worrymattters@gmail.com.

Hello and Welcome!

Whether you're having difficulty with your child's anxiety or you are dealing with your own, you are in really good company! Anxiety and worry are part of the human experience and for good reason. But sometimes, it can take up a lot of emotional space in our lives and lead to feelings of overwhelm and shame. What saddens me the most about this situations is that it doesn't need to be this way - for children or adults.

When working with kids of any age, my approach is based on the principles of Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) where they are encouraged and supported to take an active role in their emotional well-being and parents and other significant adults are seen as invaluable emotion coaches who help kids practice skills in their daily lives. I also have training in play and art therapy, relaxation breathing for children, Emotion Focused Family Therapy, and Supportive Parenting for Anxious Childhood Emotions (SPACE) which teaches parents how to help their child overcome anxiety related difficulties.

My style of working with kids involves a mix of qualities: one part fun educator, mixed with equal parts nurturing cheerleader, accountability coach, and confidant, topped off with a generous amount of clinical curiosity - each playing an important role in a child's counselling experience.  

Other important but not very interesting stuff to know about me: I have a Master of Arts in Counselling Psychology and I am a Registered Clinical Counsellor and a Registered Social Worker. I am a member of the Canadian Association of Cognitive Behavioural Therapy and a provider of Supportive Parenting for Anxious Childhood Emotions (SPACE) developed at Yale University's Child Study Center. Along with a lot of advanced training, which is an essential part of good clinical counselling, my goal is for children, youth, and parents to feel like they are collaborating with an ally who is fully invested in their well-being and in achieving positive outcomes.

To schedule a free consultation click here.
NOTE: Give yourself 10-20 minutes to share a bit about your situation and ask questions.

Individual Counselling 
$120 for 50 minutes

Initial Parent Consultation
$180 for 90 minutes

Professional Consultations (teachers, physicians)
$60 per hour  

NOTE: Fees for all counselling services are prorated for shorter appointments.

Extended Health Benefits
If you have extended health benefits often Registered Clinical Counsellor or Registered Social Worker services are included - with an annual limit. It's a good idea to review your coverage prior to scheduling a session.

Other Funding Sources
  • I am a counselling provider with the Employee Assistance Program of BCI Consulting Inc. (formerly Brown Crawshaw).
  • For children 6 years of age and older, who have received a diagnosis of Autism Spectrum Disorder and who are approved for Provincial Autism Funding, counselling is an eligible expense.   
  • If you have been approved for funding under Crime Victim Assistance or ICBC, please let me know. 
NOTE: Agreements regarding payment method are required prior to providing counselling services.  
Step 1 Parents complete the Children's Information Form and Counselling Consents which are sent electronically through a privacy protected client portal accessed through OnCall Health. A link is sent with instructions on how to download OnCall Health to your smartphone or computer. If completing forms electronically is difficult, we can look at other options.

Step 2 The initial parent consultation is scheduled. During the consultation, I am able to get detailed information about your child's difficulties, his or her strengths and interests, and any stressors or circumstances that may be contributing to your child's difficulties. The initial consultation is also a time to clarify the priorities and goals of counselling and to develop an initial plan for moving forward. NOTE: Most times, children are not present for the initial consultation with the exception of older children who are requesting counselling and who are fairly self-directed.

Step 3 Your child's first session is scheduled. For most children, parents are present for the initial introduction which helps build comfort gradually. The first session is an opportunity for your child to learn about how counselling works and what to expect. I'll ask children about many of the same things I ask parents but in a way that feels fun, interesting, helpful, and relevant. My goal is that by the end of the first session, your child walks away feeling comfortable with what counselling is about, curious to know more, and more hopeful about their ability to overcome difficult things. 
Confident Parents Thriving Kids (CPTH) is a no cost parent coaching program for children with mild to moderate anxiety or mild to moderate challenging behaviour. The program is delivered through weekly phone calls for a period of 6 weeks or longer. A doctor's referral is required.

Child and Youth Mental Health (CYMH) is a no cost community mental health program that provides a range of mental health services to children and youth 0-18 years experiencing moderate to severe difficulties. The program is self-referral.

Foundry Virtual B.C. provides free online counselling, peer support, and group offerings for BC youth ages 12-24 and their caregivers. No referral is required. Any young person in the province can arrange for a same day counselling or peer support appointment.

YMCA/YWCA Y Mind Groups are a free weekly psychoeducational support group for young teens 13-18 and adults 18-30 experiencing stress, worries, and anxiety. Participants learn healthy coping skills through mindfulness and Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT). The program helps youth connect to other youth who are going through similar challenges in a way that feels safe and supportive. The program is designed to support youth who are experiencing mild to moderate anxiety. It is funded by the Ministry of Health as an early intervention mental health program. Y Mind Groups can be accessed in most BC communities.

Wellness Together Canada (WTC) is a partnership among Stepped Care Solutions, Kids Help Phone, & Homewood Health. It is a “one-stop shop” website offering a wide range of e-mental health services and supports to children, youth, and adults. WTC is funded by Health Canada and was created as a response to the mental health needs of Canadians in the wake of COVID-19.

I offer video counselling through OnCall Health.
OnCall Health is a Canadian software company that provides a range of digital client services including video conferencing, instant messaging, appointments reminders, and intake forms. OnCall Health uses the well known Zoom videoconferencing platform. When looking at which online client services system to use, privacy protection is my highest priority as well as convenience and ease of use.

Video counselling is a great option when:
  • commuting to the counselling office is either not possible or is inconvenient
  • childcare is an issue 
  • there are no child and youth counselling specialists in your area
  • you have a reliable high speed internet connection 
  • there is a place in the home where your child can go without interruptions by siblings or others.
  • for parent appointments, disruptions during the video appointment may happen from time to time and is a reality of a busy family life! 
NOTE: For video appointments with children, parents need to be present in the home and available during the appointment. 
  • #110 - 721 Winn Rd, Gibsons, BC, Canada
  • Gibsons Landing Professional Building - Main Entrance. Free parking in the parking lot and on the street. The building is locked. Text when you arrive.

NOTE: Currently, I am only accepting parent consultations for the Supportive Parenting for Anxious Childhood Emotions (SPACE) program. Let me know if you would like your child added to the waitlist for individual counselling.