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Adolescent Mental Health Services

Brief & Long Term Counselling Services


Children’s Centre Thunder Bay offers Brief or Long term counselling services to children between the ages of 13 and 18, which may include case management and advocacy as well.


Brief Counselling Services consist of 1 to 3 sessions, combining treatment with an educational component designed to support a youth and/or family with a single area of concern, such as a life event that is causing a significant amount of stress. These sessions may include the caregivers or the child individually, or may include a combination.


Long Term Counselling Services involve both individual and family therapy. The service begins with an assessment, and usually consists of weekly or bi-weekly sessions, with consistent reassessments on an ongoing basis. This service may be beneficial for youth experiencing significant emotional, social, and/or behavioural issues such as trauma, mood swings, depression, anxiety, attention deficit issues, suicidal tendencies, self-harm, self-esteem, food-related issues, peer issues, family conflict, and issues of identity.


Both Brief and Long Term services seek to increase skill and coping ability, with the ultimate goal of supporting families in living healthier and happier lives.


For more information, or to make a referral for services, please call the Access Network at 1-855-486-5037, or Children's Centre Thunder Bay at 807-343-5000.


Intensive Child & Family Intervention


This intensive home-based parenting program may be helpful for parents of youth who are already involved in another service through Children's Centre Thunder Bay.


Please click here for information about this service


Walk-in Counselling


Children’s Centre Thunder Bay, in partnership with Thunder Bay Counselling Centre, offers single-session counselling services on a weekly basis. This service is available to children, youth, and adults of all ages, as well as to couples, parents, and families. No appointment is necessary during walk-in hours, and clients are met with by professional counsellors on a first-come, first-served basis, with no fees for service.


Some of the issues that can be discussed include, but are not limited to abuse, budgeting and debt management, depression and anxiety, family conflict, relationship issues, school issues, separation and divorce, sexual abuse or assault, stress, substance use, and bereavement issues.


Walk-in counselling hours are held every Wednesday between 12 pm and 8 pm. On the first and third Wednesday of each month, the service is offered at Thunder Bay Counselling Centre. On the second and fourth Wednesday of each month, the service is offered at Children’s Centre Thunder Bay. The addresses for each organization are as follows:


Children's Centre Thunder Bay

283 Lisgar Street

Thunder Bay, ON


Thunder Bay Counselling Centre

544 Winnipeg Avenue

Thunder Bay, ON


In some cases, child care may be available. To find out more about this, or to find answers to any questions you may have about this service, please contact Children’s Centre Thunder Bay at 807-343-5000, or Thunder Bay Counselling Centre at 807-684-1880.


For more information on the Thunder Bay Counselling Centre, please visit their website.