Child and Youth Support and Counselling
Youth Counselling

Need to talk? We’re here to listen.

When there is a lot on your mind, and you feel stuck, it can be good to talk with someone, who is there to listen. Someone who is not otherwise involved in your life. A youth counsellor is not there to tell you what to do. They are there so you can talk about any challenges you are facing, or any difficult emotions you are experiencing. They can advocate for you if necessary. They can help you sort out information.

Counselling does not necessarily mean sitting in a chair and talking, although it can be that. Sometimes it is a lot easier to talk or just think when you are outside or when you are doing something hands-on like games or creative activities.

How we work

  • Your counsellor will work with you to identify what is your main concern as well as to figure out what has been working well for you so far. Together you can determine what you want to work towards.
  • Using your goal or goals as a starting point, you and counsellor will develop a plan of change. Putting this plan into action typically involves working in blocks of time that are 6-8 sessions long. At times the work you want to do can happen relatively quickly and other times there may be a need or desire for an extension. A review session at the end of a block of service will help you determine whether an extension is recommended or not.
  • When certain conditions are met, youth aged 12/13-18 seeking counselling or support services have a right to confidentiality. For more information, please visit our page Confidentiality.
  • Youth (12/13-18) are generally in control of their own counselling process, determining what level of involvement their parents will have and what information, if any, will be shared between their parents and their counsellor

Practical things you need to know:

  • We strongly try to make a schedule that works for you. We do not need to meet every week, unless it seems like an appropriate arrangement. Meetings can follow a regular schedule or can happen as needed, as long as we get some notice so we can fit you in. We are not always available right away, but we will try our best to see you as soon as we can.
  • If you know you need to cancel an appointment, please let us know. If we do not have notice of a cancel, we may be waiting and/or worrying! It is Golden Family Center policy to close a client file if a client does not attend a scheduled meeting 3 times in a row without giving notice or cancelling. We will let you know when this happens. Clients can always come back and start-up service again at a later time.
  • We really like to acknowledge and celebrate all kinds of changes – including taking a break or ending service. Please let us know if you are done for the moment and want a break. You will not hurt our feelings.
  • We generally approach our work with a client-centered philosophy. We believe change happens at a pace that respects what is appropriate for a client. We will not push you to make changes beyond what you are ready for.