What is it?

WES for Youth Online offers free, ongoing, one-on-one counselling support with a professional counsellor.

This is a self-referral service so that means you do not need to ask your parents for permission, talk to your guidance counsellor or get a Doctor’s note.

You can discuss any topic you wish with your counsellor. Common reasons youth reach out for counselling support include the following, but are not limited to: anxiety, depression, peer relationships, concerns about the future, grief, loss, and trauma.

Our service is private and confidential. Each of our counsellors has a Masters level education, many years of work experience, and is regulated by their specific professional health college.

At this time, we offer two different types of virtual service all provided through our website platform:

  1. Email- to- email (asynchronous): your counsellor will communicate with you through your WES for Youth Online account, not through your personal email account. You will receive a notification in your personal email asking you to check your WES for Youth Online account. If you do not see an email in your inbox, check your JUNK MAIL.
  2. Live chat (an appointment chat with your counsellor – synchronous): No issue is too small or unimportant to share with your counsellor – if it’s affecting you and you’d like to share it with someone who will understand, then virtual counselling could be for you!

If you would like more information on how our free, private and confidential service works, please read our Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs).

If you are ready to connect with a counsellor REGISTER HERE.

FAQs

  • What issues can I talk to my counsellor about?

    You can talk to your counsellor about anything you want. Everything you share is private and confidential. Common things youth reach out about for counselling support include the following, but are not limited to: anxiety, depression, peer relationships, parent relationships, sexuality and gender issues, managing stress, concerns about the future, grief, loss, and trauma.

  • Is it Free?

    YES, WES for Youth Online’s counselling service is available to youth Ontario youth ages 13-24, free of charge!

  • Do I talk to the same counsellor?

    After you sign up, you will be assigned to a specific counsellor based on your needs. Within 24-48 hours your counsellor will reach out with a welcome letter, which includes some important information.
    You will be able to connect with the same counsellor, unless your needs change. You may request a change of counsellor through your counsellor or by contacting office@wesforyouthonline.ca.

  • Can I meet my counsellor in person?

    WFYO service is provided online ONLY. We do not offer in-person counselling. If you are interested in finding a counsellor to work with in person, your counsellor can help you connect to local resources.

  • I am in Crisis. Can my counsellor help me?

    WFYO does not provide crisis support services. Your SAFETY is our top priority, so please visit I NEED IMMEDIATE HELP  to access local crisis services.

  • Why must I provide personal information?

    Providing personal information to WFYO assists us to understand you better, which helps us to support you better too! Having your personal information will also assist us in finding local resources for you or in case we need to send you help.

  • Who are the counsellors?

    To learn more about our team, CLICK HERE.