Shannon Holmes RP, CPT
Registered Psychotherapist and Certified Play Therapist
Hello! I’m Shannon Holmes
Registered Psychotherapist, Certified Play Therapist
My interest in helping others started in high school when working at a daycare with a child who was diagnosed with Tourette Syndrome. I started my career as a child and youth worker in an Assessment Receiving Group Home for the Children’s Aid Society. I then left the group home setting and worked for the School Board.
I started as a school-wide behaviour specialist. I strongly feel that all individuals have the potential to be successful, just for some there are more struggles. I firmly believe that investing time in another individual can leave a lasting impression on them and/or be what they need to see their inner success.
I mainly work with children and adolescents, but counselling for adults is available too.
Client Focus Age
Toddlers / Preschoolers (0 to 6)
Children (6 to 10)
Preteens / Tweens (11 to 13)
Post Graduate Certificate and Diploma in Play Therapy
Child and Youth Worker diploma
Certificate in Clinical Traumatology
Currently completing a Master of Psychology
My Story and Skills
Once I began to learn more about play therapy, I realized it truly placed the child at the centre of the therapy, and focused on their goals and making them successful within themselves.
This goes in line with my values and my passion for helping others.
We are all capable of success, we have the obstacle of finding out our path and having the strength and support to follow it.
All individuals know what they need, but get weighed down by other things in life. Having someone there to support you in expressing what you need is a key to success.
The first step is getting to know your child and understand the caregiver’s concerns as well. We first do a detailed intake where we try and get as many relevant details as possible. The next step is to review all this information and start some sessions with the child to get a deeper understanding.
We then begin to work with the child using a directive or non-directive approach as appropriate. Throughout the sessions we keep the caregivers informed and discuss how the caregivers can continue to work with the child at home as needed.
"The therapist aids the child in their exploration by reacting in a specific manner."
Let’s Work Together!