The challenges young people face today are varied and complex. While each individual has unique strengths, needs, and visions of success, I've found that the concerns of my clients generally fall under a few broad categories. It is within these categories that our work together becomes specialized and personalized.

*NOTE that these descriptions are general in nature.

I welcome inquires from anyone that feels they may benefit from working together!

  • Youth or young adults who feel they would benefit from strategy development around managing stress or other personal mental health challenges

  • Youth or young adults that are experiencing increased school stress and a declining ability to cope with personal mental health or other challenges

  • Youth or young adults that have left school due to a current inability to cope with personal mental health or other challenges


Each client brings their own experiences and attitudes into the therapeutic process, and everyone's readiness for change follows a different pace. There are, however, some common threads and goals.

Through the course of our time together, clients can expect that I will work to build a picture of their past and current experiences and to understand their hopes toward future experiences.

When appropriate, and with the informed consent of my clients, I invite collaboration from parents and caregivers and/or trusted school personnel or other community supports.

Building the Therapeutic Relationship

Building Understanding

Building Strategies Toward Goals

While individual therapeutic goals may vary,

my ultimate hope is to support young people in feeling equipped to manage the major life stressors they face.


Client-centred care means that I meet clients where they are at, work within their space of readiness, and gradually encourage them to open this space wider as the process evolves.

Primary modes of therapy that tend to emerge in my work with young people involve:

  • Solution-focused, strengths-based counselling 

  • Cognitive behavioural therapy techniques

  • Mindfulness-based strategies 

  • Supportive counselling

  • Mental health literacy

© 2019 | Erin O'Rourke, RP (Qualifying), RCC