UNYA's clinical counsellors offer individual counselling to Indigenous youth ages 13 to 24.
Our counsellors can help you to recognize and positively deal with issues that are affecting your mental wellbeing. This could be anything that is affecting the way you think, feel, and act.
Our counsellors can help you with handling stress, making decisions, issues with drug or alcohol, relationships, family or friends, with gender identity or sexuality, or with anything else that you may be struggling with. The support our counsellors provide takes into account your own personal needs and goals, in a way that's non-judgmental and culturally relevant.
For individual counselling, our counsellors can meet you at UNYA, or in an area that you choose in East Vancouver, as long as it is safe and has a confidential place to talk.
UNYA's counsellors also run group sessions and workshops, at UNYA and with other community organizations. These cover a wide range of topics, including substance use, healthy relationships, parenting, mental health, and more.Clinical Counsellors Program Brochure (PDF)
- Individual counselling
- Group counselling sessions that will help you strengthen and maintain your mental wellness
- Help with issues such as mental health and wellness, healthy relationships, substance use, dealing with stress, making decisions, gender identity, sexuality
- Education on mental health issues (for example, depression, self-harm, anxiety, impulse control)
- Information on other resources and help navigating these resources
- Suggestions for and referrals to other programs
- Incorporating and creating connections to culture
- In addition to all of the above, each of our counsellors has a unique focus:
- Shaun: offers Naloxone training, primarily does outreach, but also works out of UNYA's main office
- Erica: if you are facing significant mental health issues, Erica can help, and can coordinate with the VCH team if you would alsobenefit from seeing a psychiatrist
- Jenny: based out of UNYA's Native Youth Health and Wellness Centre, available for appointments and also drop-in (see our calendar for drop-in hours)
- Jenna: Aboriginal Wellness Counsellor
How To Get Involved
Counselling is available for Indigenous youth ages 13 to 24.
You can call or email us to make an appointment (contact info below). Our intake counsellor works on Mondays, and will respond to your message and connect you with a counsellor as soon as possible.
We also have counselling drop-in hours at the Native Youth Health and Wellness Centre - see our calendar on the Programs page for drop-in hours.
Other people can refer you to our counsellors (for example, a parent, guardian, family member, or youth worker), as long as you are aware of and agree to the referral.