For Their Well-Being

According to the National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH), approximately 48% of adolescents between the ages of 13 - 18 will struggle with a mental health issue.

Given the challenges and pressures facing adolescents today, we recognize the importance of providing effective and timely, psychological/counselling and assessment services for our adolescent clients.

Counselling and Psychotherapy

With adolescents, our psychotherapy/counselling services are focused primarily on developing Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) strategies, as well as teaching Dialectical Behaviour Therapy (DBT) techniques. CBT helps adolescents to identify and correct negative and inaccurate patterns of thinking and behaving. When this is done effectively, it helps to improve how people feel. With DBT, this treatment approach is typically used to help adolescents to manage intense emotions effectively.

With both therapeutic approaches, strong emphasis is placed on helping adolescents to develop skills and strategies they can use to manage whatever issue they are facing.

Important emphasis is also placed on developing rapport and a strong therapeutic alliance with our adolescent clients. It is critical that adolescents feel comfortable and confident with their therapist so they are willing to fully engage in the process.

It is also very important that adolescents are aware that psychotherapy/counselling is a collaborative process, as opposed to an adult telling them what to do!

We always encourage the involvement of parents in the therapeutic process but are respectful when our adolescent clients wish to keep the information shared in their sessions private (adolescents can typically provide their own consent to treatment). Generally speaking, we find that our adolescent clients choose to have their parent(s) involved in the first session to assist with providing background information, as well as their feedback about the presenting issue. Beyond the first session, our adolescent clients typically request that we provide brief updates about their progress to their parent(s).

At our clinic, the most common issues we see adolescents for include:
  • Social anxiety
  • Self-esteem
  • Anxiety and Worry
  • Emotional regulation difficulties
  • Anxiety (panic) attacks
  • Anger
  • Depression
  • Stress