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Family & Youth Clinic

The Family and Youth Clinic is an outpatient program offering treatment for children/adolescents (0-18yrs) and their families where significant mental health difficulties are a primary concern. The program is supportive of the integrity and individuality of the family and aims to facilitate the ability of its members to function effectively.

It primarily serves families from Peterborough County. It also serves families from Haliburton, City of Kawartha Lakes and Northumberland Counties, whose children require specialized services that are not available in their communities.

Infants, children and adolescents up to and including the age of eighteen and their families. The primary focus is service to individuals whose day-to-day functioning is significantly impaired due to anxiety, depression, somatic complaints with a psychological component, learning and attention-deficit disorders, psychosis and serious suicidal intent. Specialization in Eating Disorder and Reactive Attachment Disorder. Other presentations are directed to the local Children's Mental Health services.  

Referrals are accepted from family members or community professionals such as physicians, school counsellors, etc. Referrals are made by contacting our office directly at 876-5114.

Intake is a two step process. First we take basic identifying information. At a mutually agreeable time, a subsequent telephone intake interview is conducted usually with a parent to better determine services required. 

Monday to Friday 8:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
Early evening appointments can be arranged


  • Family assessment and treatment
  • Individual child assessment and treatment in selected cases
  • A quick response service for situations that involve serious risk of suicide, school avoidance or thought disturbance
  • Eating-disordered outpatient therapy
  • Multi-disciplinary team including social work, psychology, dietitian and psychiatry

Frequently Asked Questions

Who will I see?
All of our therapists are either Masters level Social Work or Psychology. Psychiatric consultation and psychological assessment are conducted on an as needed basis.

How long do I have to wait to see somebody?
We try to keep the wait times as short as possible, usually six to eight weeks. Situations such as threats of self-harm or school refusal are seen on an urgent basis usually within a week..

Who attends the counselling sessions?
All family members are often invited to attend the initial session unless circumstances make this inadvisable or impossible. Who attends subsequent sessions is determined by you and the therapist.

How long are the sessions?
Usually no longer than one hour.

How much do your services cost?
There are no fees to attend our Service for people with a current OHIP card. You are asked to bring your OHIP card with you to every appointment.

Do you work with kids whose parents have separated?
Yes and No. Family breakdown and separation are a time of significant transition and change for all family members. Negative impacts can be anticipated but hopefully not for long. We will work with those situations where family breakdown appears to be having a significant negative impact on a child's normal daily functioning.