Pathways Play Therapy Services is committed to supporting children’s mental and emotional wellbeing, strengthening their attachments, and increasing their connection to self.
Pathways Play Therapy Services provides three main services:
Alongside offering these services, Pathways works at an individual level to advocate for inclusive strategies and supports for children and families in the education, healthcare, and mental health systems. Pathways also works at the systemic level to support change in policies and practices related to play therapy and child mental health support services (please see the Anti-Racism Statement page for more information).
Hi! My name is Kiilea (pronounced the same as “Kylie”; she/her/hers pronouns), the play therapist who runs Pathways Play Therapy Services. I am a white, cisgender, allistic, able-bodied Mom, child and play therapist, organic veggie and fruit farmer, and settler, currently practicing on the unceded, ancestral and traditional territory of the kʷikʷəƛ̓əm (Kwikwetlem First Nation). I have resided on the West Coast of BC for the majority of my life, and am eager to start the next chapter of my life on the ancestral, unceded and traditional territory of the Sqilxʷ/Syilx (Okanagan Nation).
I have a love of dogs, puzzles, walking in the forest, growing food, herbs and flowers, and being in nature. Some of the ways I like to regulate include listening to the rain, being outside on cold mornings, chewing gum, cuddling my dog (when he is up for it), using a heavy, super soft lap blanket, wearing tight socks, digging in the soil, and playing with play-doh.
I adamantly believe that kids (and all parenting adults) do well if they can. I view all forms of behavior as an attempt at regulation, and as based in our human need for connection and felt safety.
I also believe that all children, parenting adults, and families are worthy of dignity, respect, and support.
My initial play therapy and brain-body training was centered on the work of white researchers and therapists in play therapy, counselling, relational neuroscience, regulation, and developmental trauma. While these theories form the baseline of my practice, I strive to include and center diverse voices to move away from the eurocentrism that I learned and embodied throughout the first half of my career.
People I am grateful to have trained with and learned from over the last few years include Silvana Espinoza Lau, Natascha Lawrence, Schuyler Bailar, myisha t hill, Robert Jason Grant, Christena Cleveland and Renee Barreto, and Resmaa Menakem and Carlin Quinn.
I have also found that grounding my work in community is invaluable. Over the last few years, this community has included an Anti-Racism and Anti-Oppressive Peer Consultation group and the BC Play Therapy Association’s Anti-Racism Committee.