Emoticon (Children)

Children: ages 6 - 7 and 8 - 12

Dates: Coming Soon (when restrictions allow).

To join our waitlist call 905 689 8721, email: programs@eaglesnestwaterdown.ca  or click below:


Emotions are all around us. You feel them, I feel them, and your child feels them – sometimes a bit intensely. As we navigate the world, we need strategies to understand and manage these emotions well. Do you and your child want some more strategies to understand and manage emotions well?

Emoticon is a 6-week group for children that works with participants to develop an understanding of emotions and what to do with them. Through play, we will explore an understanding of the following emotions Happiness, Anger, Fear, Anxiety, Guilt, and Anticipation.  Participants will engage with each other through games, conversations about emotions, and weekly challenges to take home. Your child will leave this group having a better understanding of their emotions and strategies to engage with their emotions well.

Emoticon requires both parent and child participation. Parents will be requested to attend a pre-group session and are requested to engage in weekly challenges encouraging conversations about emotions at home.

Kat’s Bio:

Kat joined the Eagle’s Nest Association team in September 2020. She has a Master’s of Social Work (MSW) and is registered with both the Ontario College of Social Work (OCSW) and Ontario Association of Social Work (OASW). Her specialization in her work is children and their families.

Kat brings a deep understanding of therapeutic practice to our work at the HOPE Centre – providing counselling services to children, adolescents, and adults. Kat supports her clients by providing a safe, compassionate space for individuals to become more connected to themselves and the world around them. Kat navigates current situations and past traumas with clients as they journey towards wholeness.

Kat works from an attachment based, trauma informed model to guide her work. She takes and eclectic approach, drawing from theories and therapy models such as Cognitive Behaviour Therapy (CBT), Narrative therapy, and Solution Focused therapies. Integrating creativity and play into her work is so important, and vital to Kat’s approaches with children and adolescents.