Our practitioners are all licensed and registered professionals in their field of work, each with at least a Masters or Doctoral level of training. We serve children, youth, adults, couples, and families. To book an appointment with a counsellor, please fill out the New Client Inquiry form on our Contact page.
As youth move through the various tumultuous transitions that accompany adolescence — physical, emotional, hormonal, sexual, social, intellectual — the pressures and problems they encounter can all too easily seem overwhelming. For many teenagers, these and other pressures can lead to one or more of a variety of mental health disorders. Adolescence isn’t an easy time for parents, either. Adolescents can really benefit from having an outside ear to help process their problems with them and promote health, safety, and growth.
“I feel like raising teenagers today is harder than it’s ever been” - Your Average Canadian parent
Youth Mental Health Canada provides statistics for what the current mental health landscape looks like for Canada’s young people:
It is estimated that 10-20% of Canadian youth are affected by a mental illness or disorder – the single most disabling group of disorders worldwide.
Today, approximately 5% of male youth and 12% of female youth, age 12 to 19, have experienced a major depressive episode.
Once depression is recognized, help can make a difference for 80% of people who are affected, allowing them to get back to their regular activities.
In Canada, suicide accounts for 24 percent of all deaths among 15-24 year olds.
Youth are among the highest risk populations for suicide.
Wait lists for government agency support for youth in a mental health crisis are one year and more for supports and services.
In Canada, only 1 out of 5 youth who need mental health services receives them.
In addition to all the natural biological changes and peer influence that youth experience, teenagers are constantly inundated with the pressures of social media, being available 24/7, which can amplify the difficulties in navigating this tumultuous time. Research studies have demonstrated that teenagers who over-use social media and who demonstrate poor self-restraint are more vulnerable to anxiety, depression, loneliness, sleep deprivation, envy, communication issues, eating disorders, self-harm, and substance use and abuse.
COunselling for Youth
As teenagers begin to naturally exercise more autonomy in life, this can look like resistance to a parent’s help. When people are asked about important influences in their life, they often will reference a trusted adult, mentor, teacher, coach, or counsellor who helped them get through “the tough times” as a teenager and who made a lasting impact in their life.
Many teenagers really enjoy the opportunity to speak to a counsellor independently about the issues they are experiencing, even if they are reluctant to talk to a counsellor initially. They are taught coping skills to help with mood regulation and stress, as well as given the space to be themselves and develop their own goals.
Our counsellors at Vitality Collective work with the following issues affecting young people:
Body image & eating disorders
Emotional processing & regulation
Gender identity & sexual orientation
Sexual activity & development
If you would like to connect your teenager with a counsellor, or you’re a teen seeking help for yourself, please follow the button below to request an appointment.