Counselling for Children Dealing with Trauma

To request counselling, email us here or in Vancouver call 604-874-2938 or  in Richmond call 604-279-7100.

Helping Children Move Forward

Our specialized counsellors work with children who’ve experienced childhood trauma such as physical abuse, sexual abuse or witnessed domestic violence.

We offer both short-term interventions and longer-term counselling.

Trauma Counselling for Children

Our VISAC program (Vancouver) and TASA program (Richmond) work with children and youth (up to age nineteen) who have experienced sexual abuse and/or trauma, as well as non-offending family members. VISAC & TASA promote a respectful and supportive parent-child relationship.

Our Children Affected by Family Violence program (Vancouver) is available to children and youth ages 3 – 18 who have been exposed to violence in their homes. This program focuses on improving the child/youth’s emotional health and self-esteem and strives to:

  • Stop the cycle of violence by teaching non-violent ways to resolve conflict
  • Develop parental awareness of how violence affects the lives of their children
  • Provide community awareness of the effects of violence

Because play is the natural medium for self-expression in children, we use play therapy as well as art and sand therapy, talk therapy and Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR).

Because a supportive parent(s)/caretaker(s) is the primary curative force in a child’s life, they are invited to be involved as co-therapists to help strengthen the child and to maximize the healing process. Referral for teens requires their consent.

 There are no fees for these services. There are wait lists.

Our staff:
Our counselling team are professionally trained therapists/counsellors with graduate degrees in clinical social work and counselling psychology. Our counselling staff strive for professional excellence, staying on top of the latest developments in the field of individual and family therapy. They receive regular supervision and maintain strict onfidentiality.

Call us: Our intake counsellors will talk to you to to determine which service is best for your child(ren).

Find Us

In Vancouver

Family Services of Greater Vancouver
1638 E Broadway (at Commercial Drive)
Vancouver, BC
General counselling inquiries

In Richmond

The Caring Place
250 – 7000 Minoru Blvd
Richmond  BC
General counselling inquiries


Funding for VISAC Children Services is provided by the Vancouver Coastal Health Authority (Sexual Abuse Intervention Program) and through our  Family Services’ Family Preservation and Reunification Program.

Funding for TASA Children Services is provided by the Ministry of Children and Family Development, Ministry of Justice, and the Vancouver Coastal Health Authority (Sexual Abuse Intervention Program).

Funding for the Children Affected by Family Violence Program is provided by the Ministry of Justice, along with private grants.