What Is Youth Counselling?
Being a preteen or teenager is hard. As parents, sometimes we don’t know how to best help our children. A therapist is a great addition to a young person’s support network and can help them manage life transitions, heightened emotions, and new experiences. As with all clients, we believe that young people are the experts of themselves. Counselling is a great way to help your child discover who they are, build a sense of agency, recognize strengths, and learn tools to manage life challenges and difficulties.
Who Is Youth Counselling For?
We work with preteens and teenagers from the ages of 12+. Counselling is most effective when the child is on board with the counselling process.
Can I Book My Child In For Therapy Myself?
Yes. While consent is required for therapy at any age, we recognize that young people often find it intimidating to book appointments for themselves. As a parent, you can help your child through the first step by booking them in for a phone consultation. Our supportive and youth-informed team will strive to make your child feel comfortable while letting them know what to expect in a comprehensive and age-appropriate way.
As therapists, confidentiality is at the core of our ethical code. What is discussed in the counselling room will not be shared with anyone including parents. Exceptions to confidentiality include when a client is at risk of hurting themselves or others or disclosures of child abuse. The goal of therapy is to provide a young person with a safe space to talk with someone who they trust.
What Differentiates Youth Counselling From Adult Counselling?
Young people often see the world differently. Therapists working with youth must appreciate the unique challenges that young people face and the way their developmental stages impact their perception of the world. Youth therapy presents concepts in an easily digestible and age-appropriate way to ensure the client gets the most out of the therapeutic process. Young people can work through challenges with a therapist who is non-judgemental and appreciative of their stage of development. Tools and activities are modified to engage and resonate with young people, rather than bore or confuse them.
What Issues Can Youth Counselling Address?
We help young people work through a range of different issues and challenges. These topics include (but are not limited to):
- life transitions
- family conflict
- identity development
- emotional regulation
- self-soothing techniques
- peer relations
- school challenges
- relationships with others including family, friends, romantic partners, teachers, and the self
- gender and sexuality
- self-esteem and confidence
- communication and social skills