School stress? Challenging family, friend and romantic relationships? Self-harm struggles? Thoughts of suicide? Social anxiety? Drug and alcohol problems? Issues with anger?
Common Barriers to Counselling
There are many, many reasons that youth decide to try counselling out for themselves. Likely if you've found yourself on this page, you're looking for help. For yourself, for a friend, for a family member. We are here to help you through whatever situation you want to throw at us, every step of the way; free of judgement, always. Sometimes it can also feel like no one else in the world has experienced anything close to what you're going through. Please trust that nothing you say will shock us or make us think less of or differently of you. Chances are we've heard something similar before and throughout the whole process, we're there to help you move forward in the best way that you can and to help you be as successful as possible.
‘My parents are forcing me to go!’
‘You're going to tell my parents what I say!’
Absolutely, most definitely not! Promise. If you are 12 years old or older, you will be able to sign a consent form yourself for counselling and whatever you say within your counselling session will be kept private from everyone (with the exception of certain and specific circumstances - please click here to learn more). It does take a little bit of time to develop a trusting relationship with your counsellor, but please know that what you say is private and kept between us.
‘It's too scary to go on my own!’
'I don't want my Counsellor to tell me what to do!'
Still here? Still reading? Awesome! Because Ignite Counselling just happens to have one of the best and brightest youth counsellors around. Erin Legault has worked with youth her whole career and youth also just happen to be a population that she is most comfortable with and passionate to work with. Please feel free to give our office a call and start the awesome process for yourself.