Counselling and therapy for adolescents and youth

Young People

‘Young people’ includes the stages of adolescence and early adulthood, roughly between 12-25 years. This is an incredibly dynamic time of development as new forms of independence are sought.

Drawing from extensive experience with adolescents and young adults, we are familiar with the struggles they and their families are facing, including:


  • Loss of enjoyment of usual activities
  • Loss of concentration
  • Poor self-esteem
  • Constant worry or fear
  • Body image and self-esteem


  • Withdrawal from friends and family
  • Hyperactivity
  • Difficulty sleeping
  • Significant changes in appetite
  • Anger and aggression


  • Substance use (drugs and alcohol)
  • Suicidal thoughts / threats
  • Self-harming
  • Police cautions / involvement with the law
  • Unsafe sexual activity

Family and Relationships

  • Family conflict or violence
  • Family separation and divorce
  • Step and blended family adjustments
  • Death or other significant loss
  • Adjustment to changes in family circumstance

Social Exclusion

  • Bullying
  • Sexuality
  • Isolation / relocation
  • Cultural / religious minority
  • Discrimination from others


  • Decline in academic performance
  • Frequent truancy
  • Suspensions or risk of school expulsion
  • Early school leaver or at risk of leaving school

Mental Health

  • Depression and/or Anxiety
  • Attention Deficit Disorder
  • Adjustment Disorder
  • Personality Disorders
  • Post Traumatic Stress Disorder


  • Physical or emotional abuse
  • Physical or emotional neglect
  • Sexual abuse or sexual assault
  • Parental substance use or mental illness
  • Life-threatening illness or event

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Crossroads provide counselling and psychotherapy to adults in regards to their personal and/or relational difficulties. We all belong to families by blood and families of choice and the Crossroads services are not limited to families or young people.

We work with individuals, couples and co-parents. Sometimes it can be hard for clients to decide whether to ask their partner or ex-partner to attend counselling together. We will help you through this decision based on your circumstances and your concerns.


  • Sleep disturbance
  • Regulating strong emotions
  • Grief and loss
  • Self-esteem
  • Personal development
  • Sexuality
  • Low libido
  • Adjustment to illness / Terminal illness
  • Anger / Aggression
  • Violent behaviour
  • Self harm
  • Suicidal thoughts
  • Substance use
  • Gambling
  • Childhood trauma, abuse, neglect
  • Child sexual assault
  • Unemployment
  • Financial stress
  • Social isolation
  • Cultural issues
  • Discrimination



  • Depression
  • Anxiety
  • Bereavement Disorder
  • Post Traumatic Stress Disorder
  • Attention Deficit Disorder
  • Adjustment Disorder
  • Personality Disorders


  • Communication and conflict
  • Relationship breakdown
  • Death or pending loss of a partner
  • Sexual dysfunction / Differences in libido
  • Affairs (physical, emotional, cyber)
  • Domestic violence (physical, emotional, social, psychological)
  • Coping with separation / divorce



  • Adjustment to your changing child
  • Differences in parenting styles / values
  • Managing risky adolescent behaviour
  • Managing sibling rivalry
  • Child-parent conflict or violence
  • Adjustment to separation and divorce
  • Sole parenting
  • Step-parenting



  • Communication and conflict
  • Unemployment
  • Anger and aggression
  • Separation and divorce
  • Loss of contact with children
  • Enhancing father-child relationships
  • Withdrawal and isolation
  • Sense of worthlessness or hopelessness

Crossroads family counselling and therapy


We are ready to support your family through challenging life transitions. We specialise in families adjusting to the adolescent phase, family separation and family violence.

Sometimes the most effective way to generate change for a young person or family is to invite the whole family into the conversation.

Family therapy may not be suitable for all situations. Other options is to support and enhance the parent-child relationship, without requiring all family members. Other times it can be helpful for parents to have a space to discuss differences in parenting styles and values.

We are open to all possibilities and our recommendations will be specific to your circumstance and family.


The decision to separate is immense. It is accompanied by grief, shame, fear and uncertainty.

While you are finding your feet as a single parent, you are trying to guide your children through this period of change and confusion. Establishing a new co-parenting relationship with your ex-partner, no matter how amicable the circumstance, is certainly complex.

You may receive abundant practical and emotional support from family and friends. You may not. At times it can be difficult leaning on extended family as they are also upset by the changes affecting you.

Crossroads can help to support parents, co-parents and families to understand the adjustments all members of the family are experiencing.

Young People: It can be difficult for adolescents to express what they are experiencing. They may instead “act out” what they are unable to say and we will enable them in finding their voice and create meaning from the family transitions.

Co-parenting: Joint sessions with your child’s other parent are incredibly valuable. The communication issues that may have lead to the end of the couple relationship can often intensify after separation. A joint session can help to overcome communication breakdown, establish parenting plans or navigate complex family occasions.

Re-partnering: New hurdles inevitably arise when a parent re-partners. Even though the family separation may have occurred long ago, old wounds can reopen. The inclusion of step-parents and step-siblings can create challenging scenarios. New questions emerge as everyone tries the manage the next transition.


Crossroads has specialised training and experience in working with families experiencing imbalances of power, aggression and violence.

We recognise that family violence can occur between parents, parent to child, child to parent or between siblings.

Family violence is not always physical. Extensive research tells us that threatening behaviours such as verbal threats, stand-over tactics, throwing of objects, breaking/destroying things and slamming doors have a similar impact on a household.

Unhealthy control dynamics and imbalances of power can also lead to emotional, social or financial abuse between family members.

Crossroads understands that the unhealthy or violent dynamics may not be seen or understood from within the household. A trained therapist will take an active role in educating families, facilitating hope and supporting families to move toward healthier states of functioning.

There are times when some family situations are unsafe and therefore not suitable for family therapy. We will determine suitability based on the safety needs for all involved.