There are times when we feel down, distressed, concerned about our substance use, nervous, or just have too much going on.
No need to figure it all out by yourself. Connect with a Kickstand counsellor and leave with a plan to address what is important to you!
The use of legal and illegal substances is common in our families and communities today and it can sometimes be confusing or lead to questions for young people. Do you want to talk to a professional and get accurate information? Do you have a question or concern about your own patterns of substance use or of someone in your life? Are you worried and don’t know where to ask for help? Our substance use counselors can listen without judgement and help by providing information, teaching skills and strategies, or acting as a safe person and place to practice a conversation. Reach out today to see if this is right for you.
Hi, my name is Amy Laughlin, and I am so excited to join the Kickstand Team. I’ve worked for the past 23 years supporting young people and their families who have experienced many different barriers while transitioning into adulthood.
For the past 15 years I have supported young people with complex mental health and substance use issues in the community.
I have a passion for helping others and absolutely enjoy empowering young people as they navigate through their personal wellness journey.
In my spare time I am either with my family camping, traveling around or being creative with making all kinds of crafts!
We currently offer single-session therapy: a single therapeutic session between provider and service user. This model of care helps us to make our services accessible to young people when they need it and means that we do not have a waiting list for services. You can sign-up for counselling on the day of or up to one week in advance.
Currently we have mental health counselling available on Mondays from 1 to 9 PM, Wednesdays from 5 to 9 PM and Thursdays from 1 to 9 PM.
We are excited to share that short-term counselling is now available on Kickstand Connect!
Short-term counselling is helpful if you would like regularly scheduled appointments with the same therapist to help you deal with a tough situation, learn new coping skills, or work toward your personal goals. Short-term counselling will include an intake and assessment appointment and 3-4 scheduled appointments with a therapist.
Step 1: Make an 1:1 appointment with a peer support worker or mental health counselor and let them know you are interested in short-term counselling.
Step 2: Someone from Kickstand Connect will reach out by email to set-up a “Choice Appointment”. Here you will fill out some questionnaires about your mental health and overall health, plus share your goals for short-term counselling.
Step 3: Then, you will get to share your preference for which therapist you’d like to work with!
Step 4: Your assigned therapist will reach out by e-mail to schedule your first short-term appointment.
Kickstand is made possible thanks to the contributions of many generous and important partners.
All information on this site is intended to provide assistance and guidance but cannot replace the care of a medical professional.