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Proven strategies to help to navigate life transitions.

At Golden Ears Counselling Centre, we’re committed to working with teens and their families to accurately and precisely identify and treat an array of challenges, including mental health, behavioral health, and substance abuse issues. Instead of simply working to curb negative behaviors, our team of mental health professionals supports teens to address the real issues that affect them most deeply, in all areas of their lives.

Specialized in working with teens

The teen and young adult years are a period of profound transitions and can be difficult for everyone—a time when it is common to feel anxiety, stress, depression, or self-doubt. Therapy can provide strategies for coping with these feelings, as well as healthy approaches for improving self-esteem, developing one’s unique identity, or managing anger or compulsive behavior. Specific issues we can support with are:

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Welcoming atmosphere suited to the needs of teens

Our counsellors are trained to specifically work with teens.Adolescents over the age of thirteen have the right to refuse treatment. However, many teenagers are more relaxed about coming for a consultation session, and when they've done the first session, they're more willing to come again. Some teenagers are more willing if other family members agree to come with them for a family therapy session.

Effective therapy based on the following approaches:

SCIENTIFICALLY GROUNDED

CBT

Cognitive- Behavioral Therapy (CBT) focuses on teaching your child about their thoughts, emotions and behaviors. The therapist works with you and your youth to challenge unhelpful thoughts and behaviors and teaches personal coping strategies to achieve therapeutic goals.

DBT

Dialectical behavioral therapy (DBT) focuses on improving emotion regulation, mindfulness and healthy coping strategies. DBT is based on developing skills and especially effective for preteens and teens with mood regulation challenges.

ACT

Acceptance and Commitment therapy (ACT) incorporates mindfulness and goal-setting based on personal values to support teens and parents in living a meaningful life.

CUSTOMIZED

Life challenges we treat, include:

  • Social Phobia and Social Anxiety
  • Generalized Anxiety
  • Social Anxiety
  • Specific Phobias
  • Depression and Mood
  • Adjusting to significant life transitions
  • Eating Disorders
  • Body Image and Food Relationship Challenges
  • Difficulties with Self-Regulation
  • Challenges around Acculturation
  • Anxiety & Stress
  • Generalized Anxiety
  • High-Functioning Autism
  • Social Development Delays

HOLISTIC

When appropriate, therapy sessions incorporate mindfulness, mind-body awareness and explore how your community, values and identity play a role in improving your psychological health.

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Finding the right therapist can help with adjusting to life and making difficult choices.

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