Kim believes that every child wants to do well but sometimes emotions and life stressors make it difficult for them to cope. “Behaviour is the language of children” is a mantra that Kim often uses. As adults, we must help children and youth to recognize and express their feelings. This can provide some relief to help reduce their levels of stress. In addition, we need to help children and youth to learn coping strategies to help them function better when faced with life stressors. In a sense, we need to help them to develop some tools to put into their toolbox.
Kim believes in an attachment-based systemic approach that includes working with all of the family members in the child’s environment. Kim has supported a number of parents in her role as school counsellor and believes that sometimes the best way to assist the child is to support the family.