Child and Youth Therapy

Helping Our Future See a Brighter Future

Child & Youth Anxiety

Schooling, deadlines, and managing friendships can sometimes be overwhelming for young minds. The challenges of academics, time management, and maintaining social connections can lead to anxiety in children and youth. We have cultivated a deep understanding of these complexities within our Child & Youth Therapy framework.
We are here to support and guide you. Committed to providing the necessary tools and resources, we assist children and young individuals navigate this ever-evolving landscape with confidence and resilience.


Guiding youth through the intricacies of their first romantic relationships or the heartbreak of breakups is crucial to emotional development. As specialists in Child & Youth Therapy, we acknowledge that these experiences often bring about complex emotions and feelings, ranging from exhilaration to despair.
By offering a supportive environment and therapeutic insights, we aim to help young individuals understand, process, and manage these emotions effectively. With our guidance, they can better navigate these transformative events and develop a healthier approach to relationships in the future.


Youth today face a myriad of life-changing challenges, frequently encountering situations that may feel overwhelming and out of their control, giving rise to feelings of powerlessness on what seems like an almost daily basis. With our Child & Youth Therapy expertise, we recognize that these challenges can lead to deep emotional distress and potential long-term repercussions.
At our therapy center, we understand the unique pressures they undergo. We provide compassionate guidance, helping them to uncover solutions and adopt effective strategies to cope, ensuring a brighter emotional future.

Child & Youth Therapy - For Parents

As a parent, you may wonder what child and youth therapy is, when it’s appropriate for your child, and what to expect.

When parents seek child and youth therapy, usually the child is experiencing various emotional, behavioural, or developmental issues and is looking for an effective way to address the underlying concerns.

Our goal is to help your children and teens to feel more confident, resilient, and in control of their lives. We do this by creating a safe and non-judgmental space for children to process their emotions and express them freely using different tools and skills that we can provide them with. We hope to set them on a path forward toward lifelong health and happiness.

During therapy sessions, we may have your child participate in a variety of activities to help them express themselves and learn new skills. We then may ask you as the parent to participate in some therapy sessions, give you guidance on how to support your child at home, or produce feedback on your child’s progress.

Child & Youth Therapy - For Youth

As a child or youth, you may be wondering when it’s appropriate for you to do counselling and what to expect. You may be feeling nervous or unsure about what to expect, but it’s completely normal. Rest assured that therapy can be a safe, open, and supportive space for you to work through any issues you may be facing.

There may be many different reasons why you might need child and youth therapy, such as anxiety, depression, stress, trauma, or anger. Or it can be very specific issues such as bullying, peer pressure, or family conflict. Regardless of the reason, therapy can be a helpful tool for coping, developing healthier habits, and building positive relationships.

Depending on your age, your first session may be different as we have different activities or assignments to help you along the way. Each session will be in a non-judgemental space to help you through your concerns.

If you wish to try therapy without your parent or guardian knowing, contact us, and we will walk you through the process.

Child and Youth Therapy

Helping Kids and Teens
With All of Life’s Struggles

Life is full of challenges, ups and downs, moments of joy and periods of struggle. For kids and teens, these struggles can be an overwhelming sea of confusion and uncertainty. During these formative years, children and youth experience a staggering amount of change in themselves and their surroundings as they maneuver their path toward adulthood.

Children, in particular, are bombarded daily with a multitude of stressors. They face challenging topics like climate change and its future implications, the daunting prospect of entering the workforce, navigating the vast landscape of post-secondary education, understanding their sexuality, and thinking about housing. All these occur while they are in the throes of self-discovery, trying to establish their unique identity amidst balancing school, friendships, familial relationships, work responsibilities, and the challenges of navigating this intricate world.

It’s in this context that Words of Hope Counselling provides much-needed guidance and support. We offer child and youth therapy aimed at helping kids and teens manage these multifaceted circumstances. Our goal is to provide a safe space where youth and kids can explore their complex situations and emotions. Our environment is free from judgement and fear of repercussions, creating the right atmosphere for positive growth and development.

Our child and youth therapy focuses on creating clear, tailored coping and growth strategies. We believe that with the right tools and understanding, kids and teens can navigate their world in a more positive and constructive way. By focusing on their strengths, we empower them to face their challenges head-on and develop resilience that will be vital in their journey towards adulthood.

At Words of Hope Counselling, child and youth therapy isn’t just about solving immediate problems. It’s about equipping kids and teens with healthy habits and coping mechanisms that will accompany them throughout their life, aiding in their transition into fulfilled and balanced adult lives. We work closely with them, appreciating their individual struggles and encouraging their progress every step of the way. In this way, we contribute to a brighter, healthier future for our young population.”


Call Us

We talk with you and your child to understand your needs and place them with the right counsellor.

Book Appointment

We have flexible appointments and can work around school hours to help you find a time that works for you.

1st Session!

You will meet with your counsellor, who will work with you to find a solution!
Tanis Vos Words of Hope

Who Are We?

Tanis is a Registered Social Worker and has spent over 24 years of meticulous self-study. She has been providing counselling and therapy in many aspects and different settings for over 20 years. Tanis works with clients of varying ages, including children, teens and adults. She lives in Barrie, enjoying the outdoors, with her four children and husband.

She is actively involved in a local church and has volunteered her time with coordinating and leading the “Mom’s Need a Break” group, supporting children to cope with their grief and loss through the Rainbows Program, and facilitating various spiritual Small Groups. Tanis has also found pleasure and has had the opportunity to be a motivational speaker inspiring others to believe in one’s own worth.

We have numerous professional, caring Associates on the Words Of Hope Counselling team that are excited and here to help you. Each client is matched with the therapist that best meets their needs. When you call to book your appointment, we will take the time to find the right fit for you. You can anticipate quality service including attributes of friendliness, acceptance, caring and sensitivity. With the professionalism of each of our counsellors, you can also expect to have a positive child and youth therapy experience! At Words Of Hope we truly believe in your value and worth.

Let’s Help Your Child Together: Get Started with Child and Youth Therapy

We take a non-bias, solution focused approach with all our child and youth therapy clients so you can feel confident expressing yourself in a safe space. You don’t have to feel the way you do, let’s get started today and start feeling better!

4 Checkley St., Unit 202, Barrie, Ontario, L4N 1W1