Personal Counselling for Children/Youth (Under 16)
In Personal Counselling for Children/Youth, your child’s therapist utilizes specialized therapeutic methods appropriate to the age and developmental stage of your child. Your child’s therapist seeks to help him or her with various behavioural, emotional, or social challenges, including (though not limited to):
- Attention-Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD)
- Behavioural Issues
- Childhood Mental Health
- Learning Disabilities
Please note that if your child is aged 16 or over, he or she is legally considered an adult for counselling purposes. Please refer to Personal Counselling for Adults (Age 16 and Over) for more information.
Please contact us or complete our “Request Your First Counselling Session” form today to schedule your child’s first counselling session with his or her therapist. Please note that we need additional information about custody status if your child is under 12 years of age and that your child’s therapist may also need to consult with you at your child’s first counselling session.
Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) about Personal Counselling for Children/Youth:
No, our counselling center is non-denominational and we welcome your child as a client regardless of religious or spiritual affiliation, cultural heritage, socioeconomic background, or sexual orientation. Each of our therapists is a professionally trained Registered Psychotherapist (RP) and treats a diversity of clients through numerous therapeutic modalities. Christian counselling is merely one of many possible counselling options available to your child from our therapists. If you do wish to integrate religious faith or spiritual beliefs into your child’s counselling sessions, please inform your child’s therapist. He or she embraces your input into your child’s counselling process and seeks to incorporate your personal preferences into his or her treatment plan for your child.
Counselling may be very beneficial to your child in many ways. For example, the simple act of confidentially disclosing their personal problems to their therapist may provide your child with great relief, as may discovering that they are not alone in their private struggle and that many supports are available to them. The most important element in your child’s counselling progress is the trusting, supportive partnership between your child and his or her therapist. By scheduling an appointment with one of our therapists, your child can receive his or her feedback about how counselling may be of specific assistance to them.
During his or her first counselling session, your child and their therapist may confer with you about the number of counselling sessions that your child possibly requires based upon his or her concerns and the shared goals that your child and their therapist may seek to achieve together. The frequency of your child’s counselling sessions may vary from weekly, bi-weekly, or monthly to more occasional appointments. Together, you and your child’s therapist can determine a treatment plan that best suits your child’s unique needs and scheduling availability.
Unfortunately, we do not offer child-minding services at this time. Please prepare alternative childcare arrangements for any siblings, etc. during your child’s appointments.
In order for your child under 12 years of age to receive our Personal Counselling for Children/Youth or Family Counselling service, we need to know the current marital status of you and your child’s other parent. If you and your child’s other parent are currently separated or divorced and you possess sole custody, please present your custody papers to us at your child’s first counselling session. If you and your child’s other parent are currently separated or divorced and you do not possess sole custody, we need your child’s other parent to provide us with his or her written authorization for your child to receive counselling prior to your child’s first appointment. Please contact us for more information.