Services – Young People

Hope Counselling Service provides counselling support to young people (12 to 21) experiencing a wide range of difficulties

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Some of the services young people can find support for:

  • Low mood, feelings of depression or hopelessness
  • Stress and related difficulties
  • Constant worry or fear
  • Anxiety, including social anxiety and panic
  • Isolation or withdrawal from friends and family
  • School-related difficulties;
    • Bullying
    • Non-school attendance
    • Study or exam stress
  • Self esteem issues
  • Body image issues
  • Relationship difficulties or break ups
  • Family conflict
  • Trauma
  • Exposure to/victim of domestic violence or sexual abuse
  • Death of a friend or relative
  • Self harming
  • Suicidal thoughts or attempts
  • Legal issues (juvenile offending)
  • Young parenting
  • Sleep difficulties
  • Anger and aggression
  • Substance use (drugs and alcohol)
  • Communication issues

This list is not exhaustive. If you have a concern that you don’t see here, or if you would like to find out more, call or text 0403 065 254 or use the details on the Contact page to send us a message.

 

Click here to find out about services available for adults.

A note for parents and carers:  if your child or teenager is referred for counselling it is useful for you to be involved. However, the level of involvement will depend on the individual circumstances of you and your child.

As teenagers grow and develop it is common for them to want to engage in counselling independently. In this case it would be useful for you to attend at least the first part of the first session with your child, if possible, to find out more about how the process works and provide any useful information. If your teenager would like you to be more involved, we can certainly accommodate that. At our first meeting, we will be able to make a plan that suits you and your child.

If your child is younger, typically between 12 and 15, or if there are serious concerns for their health and wellbeing, it is important you are more involved. The level of involvement could include anything from regular phone contact with their counsellor, to engaging in a combination of individual and family sessions. This can be discussed at the first session in more detail and a plan can be made that will best suit the needs of your family.

Please note Hope Counselling Service is not a crisis service. If you need to speak to someone urgently, call Lifeline on 13 11 14 or the Mental Health Line on 1800 011 511. If you require immediate medical assistance please call 000.