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Youth Counselling In Vancouver

Get the therapy your teen needs – in-person or virtual sessions for ages 13-17.

Help your teen get relief from their symptoms
Provide coping skills they can use today
Feel safe to express what they are feeling

Adolescence can be a confusing and stressful time

Teen therapy can help with issues related to anxiety, depression, relationships, school, and identity. Seeking therapy is a courageous and compassionate step toward supporting your child’s well-being.

We provide teenage counselling in Vancouver, Burnaby & Surrey

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Teens face a variety of challenges in their day-to-day lives, including:

  • Academic Pressure
  • Social Pressure
  • Relationship Issues
  • Body Image Issues
  • Self-Esteem Issues
  • Mental Health Challenges
  • Substance Abuse
  • Identity & Self-Exploration
  • Trauma
We can help them untangle their thoughts and feelings in a way that helps them better understand themselves.

Our Therapeutic Approach

How Our Youth Counselling Works

We get to know your teen

We take the time to understand their history, their situation and challenges then we help them get clear on their goals.

We Put Together A Plan

We work with your teen to find the right tools and therapy options to develop a plan that will help them move forward.

We Help Them Take Action

We guide your teen to a better understand of who they are and how they move towards their goals.

When you have clarity on what you want and know how to ask for it, your life will start to change.

Dee Gill, Founder & Clinical Director of Searchlight Counselling in Burnaby

Dee Gill

Founder & Clinical Director

Culturally Sensitive Therapy

Why Searchlight Counselling?

Over time, pressure from society, peers and parents can start to cloud the feelings and needs of your teen.

When we work with teens and youth, we make it our primary mission to offer caring, culturally inclusive, non-judgmental and gender affirming therapy to help kids feel seen and heard in a way that allows them to develop into the person they are working to uncover.

As a parent, you can expect to see positive changes in your teen’s behaviour and mood and potentially have a better understanding of their needs and struggles.

We help your teen develop strategies for supporting their well-being, their relationships and feel more empowered to navigate the challenges of adolescence.

We can help you find your way

Why is there an increased need for youth counselling in Vancouver?

In Vancouver, the number of young people seeking mental health services has been steadily increasing. In a report by the Canadian Mental Health Association, approximately 1 in 5 children and youth in Canada experience mental health challenges.

A survey conducted by the McCreary Centre Society found that 19% of students in grades 7-12 in Metro Vancouver reported feeling depressed or hopeless in the past year.

What factors are contributing to this increase?

Social media and technology
Social media and technology have become ubiquitous in young people’s lives, which can contribute to feelings of isolation, comparison, and anxiety.

Changes in social and cultural norms

Societal changes, such as shifts in gender roles and changing family structures, can create stress and uncertainty for young people as they navigate their identity and place in the world.

Increased academic pressure

Many young people today face high expectations when it comes to academic performance, which can lead to stress and burnout. Teens are also struggling with “having it all figured out” before they have even left elementary school. The pressure to be successful has been perpetuated on all social media channels and is leaving kids uncertain about their future.
We create a safe environment for your teen to work through the stresses that are affecting their lives daily.

What Can You Expect From Youth Counselling

Teenage Counselling in Vancouver can offer a variety of benefits, including:
  • Improved mental health
  • Increased self-awareness
  • Better relationships
  • Enhanced coping skills
  • Increased confidence
  • Identity clarity
Take the steps now, to help them live a better future.
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Frequently Asked Questions About Teen Therapy​

Frequently Asked Questions About
Teen Therapy

Therapy is a safe and supportive space where your teen can talk openly about their thoughts, feelings, and experiences. Your teen can expect to work collaboratively with a therapist to set goals and develop strategies for managing stress, improving relationships, and enhancing their overall well-being.

If you notice changes in your teen’s behavior or mood, such as increased irritability, withdrawal from friends and family, or decreased academic performance, it may be a sign that your teen could benefit from therapy. Additionally, if your teen is experiencing significant stress or is struggling with mental health issues, therapy can be a valuable resource.
As a parent, your role in therapy is to support your teen and be an active participant in their treatment. This also may include building the self-restraint to keep from asking questions about their therapy, what was discussed and offering your opinion or help during their active treatment.
Yes, therapy is confidential, which means that the therapist will not share information about your teen’s treatment with anyone without your teen’s consent, except in certain situations, such as if your teen is at risk of harm to themselves or others.
The duration of therapy will vary depending on your teen’s needs and goals. Some teens may benefit from short-term therapy, while others may require longer-term treatment. The therapist will work with you and your teen to develop a treatment plan that is tailored to your teen’s specific needs and goals.

Therapists Who Specialize In Youth Counselling​

Therapists who specialize in youth counselling

How You Get Started

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Looking For An Appointment?

Book an appointment online with one of our therapists at a time that works for you.
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Do You Have Questions?

Book a free 15-min consultation with any of our therapists to meet and have your questions answered.
Get the help they need

Searchlight Counselling

Providing youth counselling in Vancouver and across British Columbia