Who should come to a counselling session?

Counselling is aimed at helping adults involved with a child including parents, step-parents, foster parents, teachers, child care providers, nannies, aunts, uncles, and grandparents. The goal is to help make sense of questions and concerns while providing strategies for making headway.

It is not recommended that you tell a child or teen you are seeking assistance as it may exacerbate underlying dynamics. The information that is required to make sense of them can be provided by their adults.

A child over the age of 12 may benefit from counselling sessions but it is important to consider whether they are willing and interested in them. Individual sessions for adolescents will be provided where appropriate.

Where do the counselling sessions take place?

Counselling sessions are available in-person at West Side Family Place at 2819 West, 11th Avenue, Vancouver, BC.

Sessions are also available via face to face technology for Canadian residents only.

What can I do to prepare for a counselling session? 

Please feel free to send a brief paragraph outlining your concerns and questions to Deborah ahead of your session. Email her directly at

How long are the counselling sessions? 

Counselling sessions are 50 minutes. Longer sessions can be arranged for where appropriate.

Cancellation policy 

Please provide 24 hours advance notice when cancelling or changing your appointment time.

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