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Frequently Asked Questions

Youth Counselling FAQs

It is a specialized type of counselling that we offer at Ottawa Youth Counselling. Many individuals get involved with alcohol or drugs at a young age and sometimes youth and teens can get dependent on these substances. When an addiction problem is developed to the point that it negatively impacts their lives and the lives of those around them, that’s when you might want to consider youth counselling for addiction.

There can be a few different physical and emotional warning signs when it comes to addiction in youth. If you’re noticing your child frequently has red or watery eyes, different eating habits, extreme hyperactivity, weight loss or gain, excessive sweating, or shaky hands, these could be telltale signs. There are some emotional signals as well, such as paranoia, lack of motivation, irritability, nervousness, or loss of interest in the family. Naturally, teens experience some of these symptoms during puberty, so only a trained professional can truly diagnose an issue. If you’re concerned about your child, contact our team at Ottawa Youth Counselling and we’d be happy to answer any questions you may have.

Absolutely! It can be a long road to recovery, and even afterwards, it can still take a lot of work to make sure patients don’t revert back to old habits. At Ottawa Youth Counselling it’s recommended to attend addiction counselling for self-improvement and sobriety after any specialized addiction programs are completed.

There are a few major differences when it comes to addiction therapy for adults compared to children and teens. With a younger demographic, oftentimes a different approach is used during therapy sessions. With youth, they are raised in different environments than adults, and they experience different milestones. All of these things can significantly impact how counselling is absorbed by the patient and all of our therapists take this into account during their sessions.

In Ontario, confidentiality applies to both adults and teens. Confidentiality means all of our therapists and counsellors have a legal obligation not to disclose information without a client’s consent. If you want to speak with your therapist about private information, you can decide who has or doesn’t have access to this information including your parents.

However, there are certain circumstances when a healthcare provider is required by law to disclose confidential information. This can include a duty to warn intended victims, report suspected child abuse, or if they get subpoenaed by court.