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Youth Resources

It’s tough being a young person already. But having a mental health issue makes it even more difficult to navigate the world. 50% of mental health issues begin at the age of 14. And by age 24, 75% of mental health disorders will have started to impact daily life.

Whether you have a mental health problem or not, we all experience sadness and anger and happiness. Sometimes those emotions can be overwhelming, sometimes they can be sudden, or they can happen and you don’t know why.

Here are some resources to help you live a fulfilling life.

Children’s Home Society of WA, Triple Point
Support groups for lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, intersex, queer, and questioning youth ages 11-18
309 W 12th St., 98660

Children’s Home Society of WA, Vancouver
Adoption, child and family counseling, family support, LGBTQ+ youth, and more
309 W 12th St., 98660

Children’s Home Society of WA, Washougal
Child and family counseling, family support, LGBTQ+ youth, and more
1702 C St., Washougal, 98671

Clark County Youth House
Youth empowerment center for at-risk youth to prevent substance abuse, provide rolemodels, and counseling
564-397-2075 ext 7823
1012 Esther St., 98660

Columbia River Mental Health, Child and Family Services
Children’s counseling, case management, group therapy, assessments, medication, and evaluations
6926 NE Fourth Plain Blvd., 98661

Columbia River, Options Youth Program
For ages 14 – 24 who need housing, employment, education, advocacy, and guidance
6926 NE Fourth Plain Blvd., 98661

Community Services NW, 39th St.
First episode psychosis program, outpatient services, and addiction treatment
317 E 39th St., 98663

Community Services NW, Battle Ground
First episode psychosis program, outpatient services, and addiction treatment
11117 NE 189th St., Suite 301, 98604

Community Services NW, Fourth Plain
First episode psychosis program, outpatient services, and addiction treatment
1601 E Fourth Plain Blvd., 98661

Community Services NW, Meriwether
First episode psychosis program, outpatient services, and addiction treatment
6221 NE Fourth Plain Blvd., Suite 130, 98661

Community Services NW, Town Plaza
First episode psychosis program, outpatient services, and addiction treatment
5411 E Mill Plain Blvd., Suite 16, 98661

Friends of Children – Main Portland Office
Pairs children who face systemic obstacles and lived through trauma with adult mentors to empower and support them
44 NE Morris St. Portland, 97212

Friends of Children – Rockwood Program Site
Pairs children who face systemic obstacles and lived through trauma with adult mentors to empower and support them
44 NE Morris St. Portland, 97212

Great Life Mentoring
Mentoring program for local children in foster care, children of prisoners, or any other high-risk youth
9105 NE Highway 99, Suite 201A, 98665

Janus Youth, Oak Bridge Youth Shelter
Provides immediate shelter and crisis intervention to youth who don’t have a safe place to go, ages 9-17
call for address

Janus Youth, The Perch
For at-risk youth, ages 15-24, to hang out, take a shower, do laundry, or get food. Open Mon – Fri, 9AM -3:30 PM
call for address

Janus Youth, Yellow Brick Road
Provides information, referrals, and crisis intervention

Mentors of Boys
Mentors young boys (8 – 11) who do not have father figures in their life and encourages them to be their best

National Youth Crisis Hotline
Provides counseling and referrals to local drug treatment centers, shelters, and abuse centers; open 24/7
1-800-422-HOPE (4673)

SeaMar Behavioral Health, Child & Family Services
Mental health assessments, case management for adults and children, individual therapy, family therapy, group therapy, medication management
11801 NE 65th St., Suite A, 98662

Student Mental Health Kit for Teens (Grades 7 – 12)
Ideas on coping skills, stigma-free school, wellness activites, resources, and more for those in grades 7 – 12.

Student Mental Health Kit for Teens (Grades 4 – 7)
Ideas on coping skills, stigma-free school, wellness activites, resources, and more for those in grades 4 – 7.

Sources of Strength
Connections youth with adult leaders, resources, and overall understanding about suicide and wellness.

Southwest Washington Crisis Line
Call when in a mental health or substance use crisis, can send out a mobile crisis unit

Teach One to Lead One
Community mentoring program that teaches universal principles to lead at-risk kids into a life of purpose and potential
4200 SE Columbia Way Ste F, 98661

Teen Talk
Warmline and peer-to-peer support for teens. Mon – Thurs, 4 – 9 PM; Fri, 4 – 7 PM
360-397-2428/text 360-984-0936

The Children’s Center
Mental health services for children including ADHD, sex abuse recovery, and more
13500 SE 7th St., 98683

Transitional Youth
Reaching homeless youth on the streets with meals, relationships, and more
1500 NW 167th Pl., Beaverton, 97006

Transitional Youth, Junction House
Safe and sober house for homeless males 18-25
Vancouver, WA

Transitional Youth, Vida’s Ark
Safe and sober house for young mothers 18-25 and their babies
Vancouver, WA

WA State Homeless Education Liaison
Support for the education of homeless students in school programs; Melissa Newhouse,
2901 Falk Rd, 98661

WA State Child Abuse Hotline
Washington State’s toll free, 24/7 hotline for suspected child abuse or neglect

YouthLine, call
Support line for teens 13-21; from 4 – 10 PM every day; adults available all day every day
5100 SW Macadam Ave. Suite 400, Portland, 97239

YouthLine, chat
Chat online with a teen from 4 – 10 PM every day
5100 SW Macadam Ave. Suite 400, Portland, 97239

YouthLine, text
Text “teen2teen” to 839863 from 4 – 10 PM every day
“teen2teen” to 839863
5100 SW Macadam Ave. Suite 400, Portland, 97239

Advocate for children in the dependency system as a result of abuse, neglect, or abandonment
3609 Main St., 98663

Counselors and Programs in the Vancouver Area
Download this list

The Children’s Center


13500 SE 7th Street
Vancouver, WA 98683
Open Monday-Friday 8am-7pm


  • Mental health program – specialized outpatient mental health counseling and psychiatric services for children and adolescents. Collaborative in nature and focuses on family strengths. Our therapists work toward achieving positive outcomes identified by the family by building on those strengths.
  • School-based mental health program – for children and youth identified as having behavioral or emotional problems that impact their ability to function successfully in school. Mental health services are available on-site at selected schools in the Evergreen and Vancouver school districts.
  • Child sexual abuse treatment program – specialized treatment to child victims of sexual abuse and non-offending family members to lessen the effects of the emotional and psychological trauma the child has experienced.
  • Coaches program – specialized program for preschoolers exposed to methamphetamine.
  • Pathways – designed to serve uninsured or underinsured children and youth in need of mental health care who otherwise would fall through the cracks. They will receive quality mental health services from a child therapist with no out-of-pocket cost to the family.

Family Solutions


Downtown Vancouver
1014 Main Street
Vancouver WA 98660

East Vancouver
2612 NE 114th Ave, Suite 6
Vancouver, WA 98684


  • Individual and Family Therapy – client-centered, “trauma-informed care,” a therapeutic approach that focuses on collaboration, empowerment and safety as foundations for successful therapist-client relationships.
  • School-based – striving to eliminate the barriers that often make it difficult for working families to participate in outpatient therapy. Our therapists in the schools work closely with school staff to make sure our clients’ academic and mental health goals go hand-in-hand. Therapy may take place during or outside of school hours, depending on your family’s needs. Plus, we offer school-based services throughout the year, even when schools are closed for summer break.

Group Therapy:

  • Incredible Years Parenting Group – The Incredible Years® is a series of interlocking, evidence-based programs for parents, children, and teachers, supported by over 30 years of research. Incredible Years programs strive to prevent and treat young children’s behavior problems and promote their social, emotional, and academic competence.
  • Dinosaur School – a social skills focused group for children 4 – 7 years old
  • Collaborative Problem Solving – a group for parents of teenagers; an approach to managing the challenging behaviors of children and adolescents.
  • Dialectical Behavioral Therapy (DBT) Teen Group – Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT) is a cognitive behavioral treatment that is recognized as the gold standard in psychological treatment for chronically suicidal individuals. Research has shown that it is effective in treating disorders such as substance dependence, depression, post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) and eating disorders.
  • Theraplay Family Attachment Group – Theraplay is a child and family therapy for building and enhancing attachment, self-esteem, trust in others, and joyful engagement. It is based on the natural patterns of playful, healthy interaction between parent and child and is personal, physical, and fun.
  • Support group for children with incarcerated caregivers.

Real Life Counseling


East Vancouver
1498 Southeast Tech Center Place Suite #180
Vancouver, WA 98683

West Vancouver
3606 Main Street, Suite 202
Vancouver, WA 98663

105 W Main St.
Battleground, WA 98604

A Child’s Place


600 Broadway St
Longview, WA 98632

A Child’s Place serves families with children who need professional assistance with behavioral and emotional problems, psychological testing, or psychiatric evaluation and medication management in Southwest Washington and Oregon Regions.


  • Evaluation/Assessments which target high-risk families and children
  • Psychiatric Evaluations
  • Development of Treatment Plans in collaboration with other child serving agencies through multi-disciplinary treatment team meetings
  • Parent Education Services through group structure based on community needs
  • Medication Management in cooperation with Primary Care Physicians and Pediatricians

PeaceHealth Medical Group Behavioral Health


505 NE 87th Ave. Suite 260
Vancouver, WA 98664

Behavioral Health clinic for individuals, couples, and family therapy. Also, if you may suspect your child of having ADHD.

Individual Therapists in Clark County

Daniel F Lam
2215 Broadway
Vancouver, WA, 98663

Western Psychological and Counseling Services

Main Vancouver Office
7507 51st St.
Vancouver, WA 98662

Salmon Creek
2103 NE 129th St. Suite 101
Vancouver, WA 98686

ADHD Specific:

  • For adolescents – groups for parents and adolescents. These groups emphasize the youths’ strengths and empower both the parent and teen to make lasting changes toward a successful future.
  • For kids – a group that provides a positive perspective on the uniqueness of the ADHD brain. Fun and interactive, this group teaches kids how to use their ‘superpowers’ to improve many aspects of their lives that are affected by ADHD. We also offer a parent workshop that provides an overview of ADHD and raising a child with this unique brain.
  • For parents – a parenting group at some sites that is helpful for dealing with the challenges of raising a child with ADHD.

Autism Specific:

  • Diagnostic Evaluations – due to autism test measures needing to be administered face-to-face, testing for autism is currently on hold. You are welcome to add your name to our waitlist by contacting our referral coordinator.
  • Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA Therapy)
    • Early intervention – helps children between the ages of 18 months and 6 years old who struggle with language development, independent skills, daily living skills, social skills, feeding, and behavior problems.
    • Intensive Behavior Unit – designed for children and teens for reducing severe problem behaviors (aggression, self-injury, property destruction) and increasing communication and independence skills.
      • This facility is specially equipped to safely handle severe behavior. The program is best suited for individuals with social, behavioral, and/or language challenges that make it difficult to leave the home or attend school full time.
    • After School Program – serves youth between ages of 7 and 17 to improve social, group, and language/communication skills.
  • Outpatient Mental Health: Mental health services can often help children/teens learn to manage and communicate emotions, build on social skills, and deal with co-morbid anxiety, depression, ADHD, and behavior problems.

DBT Specific:

  • For teens – a DBT group comprised of three modules that run for 8 weeks each. Participant must be willing and able to commit to at least 3 modules. New modules begin every 2 months.