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Our mental health team offers individual and group counselling and support services to help you navigate life’s challenges and improve your well-being.


Child & Youth Counselling

Mental Health is an essential part of children’s overall health and has a complex interactive relationship with their physical health and their ability to succeed in school, at work and in society. Both physical and mental health affect how we think, feel and act on the inside and outside.

Our Child and Youth Counsellors provide short-term counselling for children and youth.



Information session for child and parents to learn together about the brain’s role in worry and teach strategies to “boss back” the worry.


  • Book an appointment with your doctor.
  • Ask your GBFHT family physician for a referral.
    Be sure to ask for the Patient Handout with your booking information.
  • Add your child’s name to the Waitwhile wait list (the link is included in your Patient Handout).
    Choose “Initial Referral” in Waitwhile to receive your consent package.
  • Look for an email from the Georgian Bay Family Health Team with the “link” to your on-line forms & complete your consent forms.
    Our counsellors need this completed before they can offer care to your family.
  • Add your child’s name to Waitwhile again and choose “consent forms complete” (using same link as above). This will hold your spot in line.
  • Patient Services will reach out to book your child’s appointment when an intake opens (one parent will need to be available for your intake).


See below.

Child & Youth Depression Resources

Mind Your Mind
Canadian Mental Health Association
Dealing with Depression: Antidepressant Skills for Teens (BC)
Here to Help (BC)
Informed Choices about Depression
Teen Mental Health

Family and Caregiver Support Links

Online Support Groups:
Anxiety and Depression Association of America
Big White Wall

Child & Youth Anxiety Resources

Anxiety Canada
Childhood Anxiety and Related Disorders

Online Support Groups:
Anxiety and Depression Association of America
Big White Wall

Apps for Mindfulness – Kids
Apps for Mindfulness – Teens

Books for Parents:
“Anxious Kids, Anxious Parents” by Lynn Lyons and Reid Wilson
“Helping Your Anxious Child: A Step-By-Step Guide for Parents” by Ronald Rapee, Ann Wignall, Susan Spence, Vanessa Cobham & Heidi Lyneham
“Keys to Parenting Your Anxious Child” by Katharina Manassis
“Helping Your Child Overcome Separation Anxiety or School Refusal: A Step-by-Step Guide for Parents” by Andrew Eisen & Linda Engler
“Talking Back to OCD: The Program That Helps Kids And Teens Say “No Way” –and Parents Say “Way to Go”” by John March

Books related to Selective Mutism can be found at

Books for Kids:
“Please Explain Anxiety To Me” by Laurie Zelinger and Jordan Zelinger
“Whimsy’s Heavy Things” by Julie Kraulis
“What Do You Do With A Problem” by Kobi Yamada
“Taming Worry Dragons: A Manual for Children, Parents and Other Coaches” by E. Jane Garland & Sandra L. Clark

Child & Youth Divorce Resources

Information for Parents About Separation and Divorce:

Information for Kids About Separation and Divorce

Children’s Books About Separation and Divorce:

  • “Dinosaur Divorce” By Marc Brown & Laurie Kransy Brown
  • “It’s not your Fault, Koko Bear” By Bicki Lansky
  • “Two Homes” By Claire Masurel
  • “The Invisible String” By Patrice Karst
  • “My Family’s Changing” By Pat Thomas
  • “I Don’t Want to Talk About it” By Jeanie Franz Ransom
  • “When My Parents Forgot How to Be Friends” By Jennifer Moore-Mallinos
Child & Youth Grief Resources


Children’s Books About Grief and Loss

  • “Till we meet Again” By Julie Muller
  • “I Miss You: A First Look at Death” By Pat Thomas
  • “Badger’s Parting Gifts” By Susan Varley
  • “Someone I Love Died” By Christine Tangvald
  • “Here in the Garden” By Briony Stewart
  • “Grandmother’s Cancer Journey” By Tami Hegge
  • “The Healing Book” By Ellen Sabin
  • “When Dinosaurs die” By Laurie Krasny Brown


Adult Counselling

Our Adult Counsellors provide short-term individual and group counselling for issues such as:

  • Depression
  • Anxiety and fears
  • Bereavement issues
  • Relationship issues
  • Couple/family concerns
  • Poor self-esteem or lack of confidence
  • Anger issues
  • Stress management
  • Abuse self/others
  • Sexual concerns
  • Loneliness
  • Pre and postpartum mood changes


After Baby Group
For moms experiencing mood changes after the birth of their new baby. The group will provide moms a time to talk together, feel less alone, and share ideas about how to feel better.

Feel Good Group (CBT)
Teaches skills aimed to improve motivation, change thinking, relaxation, self-care and staying well.

Mindfulness is a form of meditation that involves paying attention in a particular way, on purpose, in the present moment and non-judgmentally. In this group, you will learn how to control your mind rather than letting your mind control you. Mindfulness is effective for people suffering from anxiety, depression, chronic pain, insomnia, high blood pressure, cancer, etc.

Worry Trap (On Hold)
Teaches about anxiety and worry and how to approach it differently. Stop letting worry control your life and learn effective strategies.


Just-in-Time Counselling  is a single meeting with a counsellor at the time you need it. You might not need us again for weeks, months , years, or ever! but we will be ready to work with you when you need to reach out. We want to provide support that fits with the changes in your life as they occur. We do that by providing you with a Just-in-Time session the week that you call us.


What is Just-in-Time Counselling?

We have learned that a single meeting with a counsellor at the time that it is most needed is a highly effective way of providing the right amount and right kind of support to people experiencing a full range of difficulties across the wellbeing and distress continuum. We have also learned that people who need counselling support do better when they have more control over when it happens and the pace at which it happens. This is what the Just-in-Time approach is about.

You may choose to have just one meeting with a Just-in-Time counsellor or you may choose to have up to 3 meetings. In either case  it may just be the first step in your mental health and well-being work. If more than Just-in-Time Counselling is needed, our team will  help you get connected with the next level of support. This may involve working with other agencies or teams in the community and/or working with one counsellor for up to 4, 8 or 12 scheduled sessions.

How to Schedule Your First Just-in-Time Session

First update your contact information with your doctor’s office. Then talk to your doctor and ask for a referral to Just-in-Time Counselling. Our team will be alerted that day. You can call us after that to arrange an appointment for that week or you can call us the week that you want to be seen. This is for you the week you need it.

Here is our contact information. Feel free to contact us through the Wait-While App or phone if you have any questions about Just-in-Time or if you want to plan to meet with our Just-in-Time team. We can talk then about whether you want to be seen in person; be called on the phone; or whether you want to be sent an email link for a virtual appointment. We look forward to seeing you!

Location: Medical Building – 186 Erie Street, Suite 100. Collingwood, ON.
Call: 705-444-5885



Reach out to us the week you want to meet with a Just-in-Time Counsellor.


How to find a counsellor or therapist.


How to find a Registered Psychotherapist.


What is Psychotherapy?


Simcoe Crisis Line for all ages – Crisis support to help you how to navigate your current difficulties and to help others who need guidance to help someone else experience mental health difficulties and you are uncertain how to support them. 24 hours/7days. Call: 1-888-893-8333 or 705-728-5044.


Regional Simcoe Crisis Line for children and youth below 18 years of age – This team can provide guidance, counselling and referral support for children and youth experiencing mental health crisis. They can also provide guidance to parents and others who are trying to help a child or youth experiencing crisis. Monday – Friday 9AM – 9PM Saturday & Sunday 9AM-9PM. Call: 1-844-417-1945


Kids Helpline – Online chat, text, self-help, and telephone coaching support for children, youth and young adults experiencing mental health and wellbeing distress. Text: 686868 (put CONNECT in the text). Call:1-800-668-6868. Website:


Catholic Family Counselling Service – Extensive individual, family and group support that enhances mental health and well-being. Walk-in/call-in support Fridays 9:30AM-3:30PM. Call: 705-726-2503. Website:


New Path Child & Family Mental Health – Lead agency in child, youth and family mental health and behavioural support. Provide counselling and therapy support individually and in groups that is evidence based. Call-In Clinic support for children, youth (up to 18 years), and families. Call: 705-725-7656. Email: Website:


Canadian Mental Health Association Brief Service – Short term support to stabilize your mental wellbeing and to connect you with the supports that you need to sustain your health and wellbeing. Substance use and mental health support. Call: 705-444-2558 Ext 607 (Leave a message). Email: Website:


Collingwood Health Centre
186 Erie Street
Suite 100
Collingwood, ON.
L9Y 4T3


Fax: 705-444-1393


The parking lot has 3 pay and display machines

Parking is $2.00 for 1.5 hours

The parking lot is run by CarPark (located in Toronto).

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