Youth & Family Counseling
Helping youth and families become strong and resilient
Mental health counseling focused on youth and families
Every year, YES helps thousands of youth and families cope with emotional, behavioral and interpersonal challenges. Our skilled clinicians use a strengths-based approach that focuses on the needs and goals identified by our clients. We employ evidence-based practices that are shown by research to result in positive long-term outcomes.
Mental health counseling
Our highly trained clinical team, who are dually licensed in both mental health and substance use disorders, provides age-appropriate, culturally sensitive behavioral health services to children, youth, and their families. We offer specialized programs for cultural, ethnic, and sexual minorities, youth with disabilities, and youth involved with the juvenile justice system.
We treat many issues, including trauma, grief, anxiety, depression, and more, using evidence-based practices such as Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT), motivational interviewing, and others.
YES provides integrated, holistic care for clients actively engaged in counseling at YES with its on-site psychiatric services. Collaborating with YES’ mental health counselors, psychiatric practitioners provide comprehensive diagnostic assessments, medication evaluations, and ongoing medication management so clients receive optimal, coordinated care that’s also convenient for busy families.
Dialectical Behavioral Therapy (DBT)
Alongside individual DBT counseling, YES offers an intensive sixteen-week DBT Skills Group that teaches scientifically-proven skills to help teens manage emotions and reduce suicidality and self-harm behavior. This is the recommended therapy for youth struggling with intense emotions and helps treat depression, anxiety and substance use disorders.
YES partners with the Lake Washington and Bellevue School Districts to provide on-site YES counselors for individual mental health counseling, classroom presentations, and on-site support groups.
BGLAD LGBTQ+ Support Group
An open, weekly drop-in support group for youth focused on LGBTQ+ and gender issues that provide support, crisis counseling, and community.