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Are you struggling with or affected by substance use? We can help.

Perspectives Substance Use Counselling Services for Youth & Families provides free counselling, education, referral and support to children and adolescents who are either experiencing substance use difficulties or are affected by someone else’s substance use.

Our counsellors offer support in a safe, confidential and non-judgmental atmosphere at our offices and in the community.

We believe that every person should be treated with respect, and that everyone has the ability to change and take responsibility for their physical, mental and social health.

Who We Serve

Perspectives Substance Use Counselling Services for Youth & Families is for youth aged 12 to 18 years or for children under 12 years with a parent or guardian as the primary client. We work primarily with youth living in New Westminster and their parents, guardians, partners, families and schools. Youth and their families who benefit from our services want to:

  • Make changes to their substance use
  • Receive help with mental health issues, such as anxiety and depression
  • Reduce involvement with the criminal justice system
  • Improve relationships with family and friends
  • Improve chances of success at school and work

How We Help

Perspectives counsellors have a graduate degree (Masters level or higher) or undergraduate degree with extensive experience as substance use clinicians.

Perspectives counsellors are able to help:

  • Figure out what is going on through assessment and consultation
  • Liaise with community agencies and other professionals to find help and appropriate resources; organize travel
  • Set goals that are important to you
  • Educate you, your family and/or the community about substance use issues

Counselling services are offered on a weekly and bi-weekly basis. There is no fee for counselling services.

Our counselors act as a liaison with community agencies to find appropriate community resources for youth and families dealing with substance use issues.

Referral Process

Any youth aged 12 to 18 years of age, or children under 12 years of age accompanied by a parent or guardian, living in New Westminster can self-refer by making an intake appointment via phone or visiting our office. Intake appointment times are arranged by our counsellors. There is no fee for intake appointments.

Who else can refer?

  • A family member or friend
  • School counsellor or a representative from a school, community group or social service organization
  • A professional of the medical, mental health care or legal system

The first counselling service will take place upon intake.

Contact Us

Location: 2nd Floor - 519 Seventh Street, New Westminster, BC V3M 6A7

Hours: Monday through Friday, 9:00 am to 5:00 pm (except statutory holidays)

Phone: 604-522-3722, Ext. 101

Fax: 604-522-4031

For more information, please contact the Program Manager 604-522-3722, ext. 105.