Donna Vanderlip BEd MA

I am a Registered Therapeutic Counsellor with the Association of Cooperative Counselling Therapists of Canada.  I have a Bachelors of Education Degree as well as a Masters Degree in Education and Psychology.  Having a background in both education and psychology has allowed me both the educational and clinical scope to successfully include supporting children with a variety of special needs including emotional and behavioural challenges, high achievers, children exposed to trauma, school anxiety, bullying, loss and changes in their family

Most recently, I have worked as a learning and special education consultant for families who have chosen to provide a home learning environment for children.  In this work I gained considerable insight into issues families face when making decisions regarding learning, schooling, child-rearing practices as well as engaging in finding the support their child needs that mirrors the practices that are important to them.  

I have worked in early childhood settings, public school settings and provided support for children in a variety of therapeutic environments. My experiences with children both professionally and as a parent have guided my desire to create a child-centred, play based approach to my counselling practice with children.

  • therapeutic art
  • therapeutic play
  • child/person centred
  • integrated/intuitive approach
  • walk and talk therapy
  • school anxiety
  • bullying
  • mindful parenting
  • attachment parenting
  • children with special needs
  • from school to home learning
  • de-schooling process
  • parenting without punishment
  • navigating shifts in parenting style
  • Lagging Skills and Unsolved Problems (Ross Greene)
  • empowerment
  • family counselling