Teen and Youth Counselling

Are you a young person seeking help?

  • Are you a teenager or young adult and struggling with something?
  • Do you have difficulty relating to your parents or other adults?
  • Do you need someone to support and guidance you?
  • Do you need help?
When you contact us, we will help you choose the best match for your situation from our team.
 
We are open daytime and after hours, Monday to Saturday, including evenings. We can also be contacted on (02) 9683 1444.

Getting help

Maybe you are worried about a friend? Maybe they have been acting a little weird pr not quite themselves? Maybe you are youth worker who is concerned about a young person you are supporting? Maybe you are seeking help for yourself.
 
Social trends can change so much. Language, how we dress, what our interests are and what our social system is like are constantly changing. Growing up in today’s society is hard because it can be hard to keep up with these changes. There seems to be a new piece of technology released every week. 
Change can be difficult to navigate. It is even harder if the person you are talking to does not understand what is going on in your world.
 
If you are struggling with change, then it may be time to talk it through.
 
We have a team of skilled youth counsellors and psychologists you can talk to. You may find it easier to talk to someone other than your parents or teachers. Our younger counsellors and psychologists may be more aware of the challenges that your generation face. We promise to listen and be non-judgemental.
Get the help you need. Talk to us.

Reach out for professional help today

Common issues for teens & youth

Emotions

  • Are you finding it hard to express yourself and help people understand what you’re going through?
  • Do you feel that your emotions are intense and unbearable at times?
  • Do you feel angry and don’t know how to express this in a good way?
Emotions are hard to navigate sometimes. The experiences of first loves, hurt, disappointment, jealousy, anger can bring up intense emotions.
 
Learning strategies to cope with and overcome these intense emotions will serve you well your whole life.

Relationships

You may have relationship difficulties as you start to navigate life outside of your family home. This can be a tough time as your parents might not understand your motivations.

You may be finding it hard to earn their trust and communicate to them about what your desires are. You might have disagreements with your family about who you hang out with, what you wear, what you study, and what your career path might be.

Identity

As you start to develop your identity, or who you are, what you believe and how you want to live your life, you become aware of some challenging decisions that you have to make. You may feel lost in this season of your life.

Talking about these difficult things can help you to get clarity and understanding of the options you have and what’s really important for you.

These decisions will include who you want to be who you want to be with. Choosing some decisions will shape your entire life.

Talking these things through my help you to learn more about yourself and may help to shift the confusion that you feel.

Other common issues

  • Struggling with your emotions
  • Grief or sadness about losing someone you love
  • Self-esteem and identity issues
  • Confusion about your future
  • Study stress
  • Relationship stress
  • Family issues
  • Drug and alcohol use issues
  • Gender identity issues
  • Mental health problems

Really hard times

You may start to feel different and not like yourself. If you start to feel like you lack control over your actions and feelings, then it may be beneficial to talk to experts about this.

You do not have to suffer in silence without understanding what is going on.

This age bracket is also when some people begin to experience symptoms that are part of mental illness. This includes disorders such as schizophrenia, psychosis, bipolar disorder, mood disorders and anxiety disorders.

These disorders may have a genetic factor or there may arise due to situations that you face. Seeking help early can prevent the development of mental health issues in the future.

Resources and links

REACHOUT provides a list of professionally-reviewed mobile apps and tools to help you look after your health and wellbeing.