Child Counseling & Consulting Inc.

I provide evidence-based assessments and therapy for young children (ages 0 – 11) and their parents.


Children are born with a
sense of curiosity to explore and learn.
They develop a positive sense of self
when their parents delight in being with them 
and when they have a relationship 
that is safe and secure.
Yes, parenting is challenging and
life can be difficult at times.
All parents aim to do their best
with what they know, 
and seek help when they get stuck.
Children and parents who work with me
have an opportunity to explore
their relationship in a nurturing environment.
A therapeutic space where
the parent and child emerge with
a sense of relief and a feeling of strength,
as they continue on the
journey of love and joy.


Free initial 20-minute phone or in-person consultation.
Regular session rate: $120 per hour.

The therapeutic interventions are collaborative, reflective, and play-based, such as: 

Watch, Wait and Wonder Intervention

Watch, Wait and Wonder Intervention (Mirek Lojkasek, Elisabeth Muir & Nancy Cohen) is an infant/child-led approach to problems in infancy and early childhood. The parent follows the infant/child’s lead in play, then the parent and therapist engage in a reflective discussion of the parent observations and experience.

Child-Parent Psychotherapy

Child-Parent Psychotherapy (Alicia Lieberman & Chandra Ghosh Ippen) is an evidenced-based intervention designed to repair the behavioural and emotional problems of infants, toddlers and preschoolers whose most intimate relationships are disrupted by experiences of maltreatment, violence and trauma.

Circle of Security Parenting

Circle of Security (Bert Powell, Glen Cooper & Kent Hoffman) is a manualized relational parent program based on attachment research for parents and young children experiencing difficulties. The focus is to become more aware of children’s needs for a safe haven, a secure base for exploration, and meeting the child’s needs through relationship.

Expressive Play Therapy

Expressive Play Therapy (Marie-José Dhaese) is a holistic client-centred approach that uses a variety of modes of expression, that includes: sand tray, play therapy, drawing, painting and storytelling. This approach has been the foundation of my practice and was the focus of my master’s thesis.


I provide infant/child mental health consultation to individuals, therapists, groups or agencies. I provide on-site or office consultations. I use a reflective and attachment focus lens to assist with the organization, and understanding of complex cases. I use Zero to Three Diagnostic Classification: 0-5 and a relationship based approach to conceptualizing the case to inform treatment.

About Me

My name is Dawn Sather. I have been passionate about my work with children and parents for all of my adult life. Since 2000, I have been practising as a registered social worker in infant and children’s mental health. My experiences, as a parent and a therapist, have provided the greatest opportunities for my growth and development. As a mother and grandmother, I smile with gratitude, for there is always a gift in every experience.


  • Post Graduate Certificate Infant-Parent Mental Health, Napa/University of Massachusetts Boston, USA.
  • Masters’ Degree in Social Work,
    University of Northern British Columbia, Prince George, BC
  • Bachelors’ Degree in Social Work,
    University of Northern British Columbia, Prince George, BC


  • BC College of Social Workers (08439)

  • BC Association of Social Workers  (1004717)

  • BC Association of Clinical Counselors (15802)

Contact Dawn

I am here to help. To book an appointment or get more information, call, email, text or fill out the contact form below and I will get back to you as soon as possible. For emergencies call 911 or visit your nearest hospital

I would be glad to make a home visit to anywhere in Greater Victoria, Sooke and the Gulf Islands.

Offering acknowledgement in honour of the Lekwungen people, known today as the Esquimalt and Songhees First Nations