The Counselling Program provides individual and/or family counselling for children and youth ages 0-17 who are experiencing mental health challenges, including depression, anxiety, emotion dysregulation, history of trauma, or struggling with grief and loss, family or peer issues. Sessions are client-centered and goal-focused, and occur in the office and/or virtually. Length of service may be up to 6 months, as determined by client need.

Program Goals:

  • To assist children/youth and their families to become more effective at managing mental health concerns
  • To provide client-directed service as identified by the child/youth
  • To help children/youth and families build upon the strengths that exist within their family
  • To improve the child/youth’s relationships with family, peers and the community
  • To support children/youth and their parents/caregivers in developing and enhancing coping, problem solving and communication skills

Inclusionary Criteria:

  • Residents of Peel
  • Children and youth ages 0 – 17 yrs
  • Children or youth experiencing mental health issues, such as depression, anxiety, attention impulse control, attachment, oppositional behaviour and trauma
  • Children/youth and families who voluntarily agree to participate in counselling

Exclusionary Criteria:

  • Children/youth who are actively suicidal, homicidal or in need of immediate crisis stabilization
  • Children/youth who have been diagnosed with an eating disorder and the primary reason for service is to treat that eating disorder
  • Custody and Access assessment and/or documentation for court

Referral Sources:

  • Self-referrals
  • Community Service Providers
  • Peel CAS
  • Peel School Boards
  • Hospitals
  • Youth Justice Services

Referral Process:

Parents/caregivers can make a self-referral by contacting or by calling 905.451.4655.

Partner organizations and AYSP staff working with clients who meet eligibility requirements can make a referral to the Counselling Program via the Internal Transfer Protocol.

The Counselling Program Supervisor is available to answer any questions you may have regarding the referral process or program criteria.