Youth Counselling

What is Counselling?
We offer a FREE general Youth Counselling Service for young people between 12 to 25 years and a FREE Young Parents Counselling Service, for pregnant and parenting young people under the age of 25 years.

Counselling is an opportunity for you to talk to someone about concerns you may have about yourself or others around you. It is a safe place where you can talk about private things with someone who will listen and not judge you.

Sometimes we experience different challenges, and getting support can be helpful. If you're feeling down, stressed out, angry, confused, a bit stuck, or want to gain some skills to do things differently, you can talk to a counsellor.

The Youth Services Counselling Team
Counselling is available to young people who live, study or work in Wyndham and are aged between 12 and 25 years old.

Cost:  There is no cost to attend counselling at Youth Services.

Venue: Youth Resource Centre 86 Derrimut Road Hoppers Crossing 3029

If you are unable to get to the Youth Resource Centre, our counsellors may be able to travel to you for the appointment.

For more information, please contact the Youth Services Counselling Team on 8734 1355, weekdays 9am to 6pm.

Young Parents Counselling

Being a Young Parent can be difficult

Want to chat to someone about how things are going?

The Young Parent’s Counselling service works with Young Parents (25 years and under). This phase of life usually brings many significant and unique changes. The prospect of having a baby, the transition to parenthood, changes in relationships, health and lifestyle, and new emotions, can be exciting but also daunting.

During this time you may benefit from professional support to assist you to adjust to these changes as well as coping with many other of life's challenges. The Young Parent’s Counsellor can help.

The Young Parents Counselling Service has specialist knowledge and experience in providing support to young women and men to enhance their wellbeing and the parenting experience. 

                      Have You?
- Got concerns about not coping during  pregnancy?
- Found it hard adjusting to becoming a  parent?
- Had difficulty developing a bond with your  child?
- Thought parenting should be easier and  more enjoyable?
- Been feeling flat, sad or depressed?
- Felt more irritable and anxious than usual?

- Experienced family or relationship  difficulties?
- Suffered a loss that is impacting on your  family?

              Our service provides:
- Individual counselling sessions focusing on:  Mood management during pregnancy and  parenthood
- Debriefing about the childbirth experience

- Adjusting to the parenting role
- Establishing and maintaining a
 relationship with your baby/child
- Self esteem and assertiveness
- Managing anxiety
- Overcoming depression
- Grief and loss
- Family conflict and violence
- Planning for the future

Who can attend?
Any young parents (both Mums and Dads), prospective young parents (currently pregnant or your partner is pregnant) who live, work, study in the Wyndham municipality.

Referrals, Fees & Accessing the Service
Clients can refer themselves or be referred by a professional/worker.

The Counselling Service is FREE.

If you are unable to get to the Youth Resource Centre, our counsellors may be able to travel to you for the appointment.

To enquire about the service or make a referral please contact the Youth Services Counselling Team on 8734 1355, weekdays 9am to 6pm.

Youth Mentor & Support Services

  • TRY Mentoring – Aims to support disadvantaged young people between the ages of 7-20 through one-to-one mentoring and the Mentoring in the Hood program, which pairs 2 to 3 young people with an adult. For more information, visit the TRY Mentoring website or contact mentoring@try.org.au
  • Men’s Shed – Good health is based on many factors including feeling good about yourself, being productive, contributing to your community, connecting with friends and maintaining an active body and mind. Men’s Shed provides a safe and busy environment where men can find many of these things in an atmosphere of old-fashioned mateship. For more information, visit the Men's Shed website.
  • Caroline Chisholm – Offers mentoring services for pregnant and/or parenting women that may need support building life skills to achieve a safe and nurturing home environment. For more information, visit the Caroline Chisholm website.
  • YouthNow - Offers a dynamic social change agency dedicated to co-designing effective training and employment services for young people in Melbourne's west. For more information, visit the YouthNow website.
  • Big Brothers Big Sisters - The mentoring programs match vulnerable young people, aged between 7 and 17 years living in complex social predicaments and in need of additional support, with adult volunteer mentors. For more information, visit the Big Brothers Big Sisters website.
  • WhiteLion – There are 2 mentoring programs available through Whitelion. The Custodial Youth Justice Mentoring Program supports young people housed in either Parkville Youth Residential Centre or Melbourne Youth Justice Centre. The Leaving Care Mentoring Program works with young people from 16 years of age and aims to match the young person with a mentor from the community before they become independent. For more information, visit the WhiteLion website.
  • YSAS - Provides a range of programs and services for young people aged 12 to 21 years who are experiencing significant problems related to their alcohol or drug use. For more information, visit the YSAS website.
  • Youth Counselling - Counselling is available to young people who live, study or work in Wyndham and are aged between 12 and 25 years old. For more information, visit the Wyndham City Youth Counselling webpage.

The Youth Directory – Find the Right Service

If you require support services that are not on this list, visit the Youth Directory website. The Youth Directory provides young people, parents, carers and service and education providers with current information on a range of services available in the local government areas.

For further information, please contact the Youth Resource Centre on 8734 1355.

Personal Development Programs for Schools

Personal Development Programs aim to assist young people explore their positive attributes and realise their potential.

Youth Services work with local primary and secondary schools to provide developmental programs for a diverse range of young people. 

These programs cover a variety of topics including problem solving, teamwork, communication skills and recognising / managing feelings.

Our range of Personal Development Programs include:

SHINE: Body image and healthy relationships program for young women
SEA: Self-Esteem and assertiveness program for young women
LEAP: Change and resilience personal development program
STAC: Transitioning to year 7 program for grade 6 students  
DRUM BEAT: Communication and creative expression program
START: Self-Esteem and assertiveness program for young men
SEX FACTOR: Relationships, health and wellbeing class workshop for schools
HEALTHY MINDS: Mental Health and wellbeing class workshop for schools
BOOK OF STUFF: Youth support services directory workshop for schools

Please note that Youth Personal Development Programs are subject to change.

For more information, please contact Youth Services on 8734 1355, weekdays 9am to 6pm.

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