Steps ‘back’ can manifest in various ways – disruption in routines due to stress, life transitions, unexpected events such as personal tragedies or injuries, and concerns with general mental health, emotional well-being and functioning. When ‘missteps’ like these occur, an important strategy is to simply take 2 steps forward. This way, you are still ahead of where you were, and remain way beyond the starting line.
I believe working with children, youth, young adults and their families requires specialist expertise, and that my education and over 18 years of experience of working with children, youth, young adults and adults in multiple settings, has allowed for me to develop these necessary skills. I work from a systemic perspective and have extensive training and experience in individual and family counselling. I am passionate about working from a systemic perspective with children, youth and their families, with a focus on the core principles of attachment.
Offered in Kelowna and West Kelowna
2 Steps Forward Counselling Services was formed in response to the growing need for early intervention, effective treatment and timely access for children, youth, young adults and adults whom are struggling with their mental health and emotional well-being.
2 Steps Forward provides counselling services for children, youth, young adults, adults and their families utilizing a variety of specialized treatment modalities/therapies, for a range of issues, relationship difficulties and mental health concerns. Also offered are comprehensive mental health assessments, and support in navigating mental health services locally when necessary.
Approximately 10–20% of children and young people aged 0–25 experience mental health problems, with 50% of mental illnesses commencing before the age of 14, and 75% by the age of 24.
Mental health disorders account for the highest burden of disease across this age range, led by anxiety and mood disorders. However, only a fraction of affected individuals receive appropriate treatment, in part due to limited resources and availability of services. There is a pressing need to ensure greater access to appropriate early intervention services among this age group (Catania, Hetrick, Newman & Purcell, 2011).
Evidence indicates that opportunities to prevent mental health concerns persisting and worsening into adulthood, are greatest when focusing on children and young people (World Health Organization, 2004). The adolescent and young adulthood years (12-25) involve major psychological, social and biological change, and many mental health issues such as depression and anxiety peak in this age group, highlighting the need for early intervention strategies, to delay or prevent the onset of these disorders.
Catania, L. S., Hetrick, S. E., Newman, L. K., & Purcell, R. (2011). Prevention and early intervention for mental health problems in 0-25 year olds: Are there evidence-based models of care? Advances in Mental Health, 10(1), 6-19.
World Health Organization. (2004). Prevention of mental disorders: Effective interventions and policy implications. Geneva: World Health Organization.