Child & Youth Counselling for Depression

Miller Health’s child and youth counselling involves sessions with a therapist to improve your child’s physical and mental well being.

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  • Quick Booking & Convenient Hours
  • Beautiful & Centrally Located
  • Prioritized Patient Experience

Are You Looking for Resources for a Child or Youth in your Care?

Accessing services from a Registered Social Worker can assist your child or youth in developing skills and strategies to manage their depression. 

  • Improving family relationships
  • Skill building to better manage emotions
  • Understanding behavioural challenges
  • Creating helpful thinking patterns
  • Adjusting to changes in family life or structure
  • Building self-esteem, self-confidence, and social skills

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What Is Depression?

Depression is an illness characterized by persistent sadness and a loss of interest in activities that you normally enjoy, accompanied by an inability to carry out daily activities, for at least two weeks. It negatively affects the way an individual thinks, feels and behaves. It is common in adults and is becoming more and more common in teens and adolescents.

Understanding and Identifying Child and Adolescent Depression

Teens experience a multitude of highs and lows as they go through high school and begin college or work. This is partially due to changing hormones but also due to the fact that they experience many changes in such a short period of time. It can be worrisome for parents to witness their teen upset and experiencing a low mood that has begun to disrupt some of their daily activities.

For example, they may not have the energy to be able to get out of bed, they may miss school or work, or it might seem like they are distancing themselves from their family and friends. Even when symptoms may not appear to be severe, untreated depression may pose a risk of harm to self, including self-harm and/or suicide.  

Our Approach to Care / What To Expect

Our mental health team is here to help teens and adolescents manage their depressive episodes and help their families learn how to best support them. Sessions with a social worker or psychotherapist can include focusing on positive self-talk and how to challenge negative thoughts. Therapy can provide an outlet for your teen and help them talk about problems and feelings they may feel too embarrassed about to talk with a parent or sibling. 


If your child expresses a plan to commit suicide or they are having a mental health crisis, call 911. 


Canada’s suicide hotline is available 24/7/365 by calling 1-833-456-4566 or texting 45645 from 4 pm until midnight. 


Kids Help Phone is available for youth and young adults by calling 1-800-668-6868 or texting CONNECT to 686868.

Improve your child’s physical and mental well being

  • Quick Booking & Convenient Hours
  • Beautiful & Centrally Located Clinic
  • Prioritized Patient Experience
  • Direct Billed Insurance

Counselling and psychotherapy can assist children and youth with…

  • Managing mental health challenges like anxiety, depression, ADHD, OCD, ODD & selective mutism
  • Emotional and behavioural regulation
  • Behaviours connected to disorders of executive function
  • Building emotional literacy
  • Working through a transition, such as a death, divorce or a move.
  • Dealing with family or peer conflict 
  • Boosting self-confidence, self-esteem, resilience and other positive traits

Meet Our Child and Youth Counselling Team

Your Partners In Health

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Megan Warnica

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Registered Social Worker, Psychotherapist
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Jessie Derraugh

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Registered Social Worker, Psychotherapist
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Frequently Asked Questions About Child and Youth Counselling for Depression

Reach out if you can’t find what you’re looking for.

Our child and youth counselling involves sessions with a registered therapist aimed at improving your child’s physical and mental well-being. The focus is on helping children and adolescents manage their depressive episodes and develop coping strategies.

Depression can manifest as persistent sadness, loss of interest in previously enjoyed activities, and an inability to carry out daily tasks. It might also seem like your child is distancing themselves from family and friends, or they may lack the energy to participate in regular activities such as school or work.

It’s natural for teens to experience mood swings due to hormonal changes and the pressures of adolescence. However, if your child’s low moods persist for more than two weeks and are disrupting their daily activities, it’s advisable to seek professional help.

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