Rural Youth Mental Health Counselling

Nepean, Rideau, Osgoode Community Resource Centre (NROCRC) is offering free mental health counselling for youth in our area.  This is possible thanks to funding from United Way.

Meet Tara
Tara Taylor (MSW & RSW) is available to provide mental health counselling for youth age 12-17 in rural Ottawa south which includes all of Osgoode Ward, Kars, North Gower and Manotick.

Due to Covid-19 restrictions Tara is unable to meet in person at this time.  She is available for virtual appointments.

Tara has a diploma in Social Service Work (SSW), a Bachelor of Social Work (BSW) and a graduate degree (Master of Social Work).  She is also a Registered Social Worker (RSW).

Counselling Sessions
Counselling sessions are scheduled for one hour but can be shorter if the youth wishes.  The first session is a “meet and greet” to make sure the youth can ask questions and decide if it is right for them.

Most youth find 6-8 sessions helpful.  Tara typically schedules a session every two weeks.  The number of sessions is something that is decided with the youth.  Youth only need to discuss what they want to discuss and can end the counselling when they choose.

Youth are asked to

  • Login on time
  • When possible, provide 24 hours notice if youth need to cancel
  • Actively participate in the session

How Virtual Sessions Work

Sessions will happen through Microsoft Teams platform, and youth will need to confirm their physical location each session.

Youth should have a safe, comfortable place where they will not be overheard or disturbed during the session.

​You are not required to have your camera on, but it is encouraged.

The counsellor will also be in a confidential location where nothing can be overheard. Headphones will be used to increase confidentiality.

Confidentiality is an important part of counselling and Tara will keep what is discussed in sessions as confidential.  There are some situations where it may be necessary by law for Tara to share information with others.  They include:

  1. If somebody under the age of 16 is being hurt by someone, Children’s Aid Society will be contacted.
  2. If somebody is going to be badly hurt by someone, or has been badly hurt, the police must be informed.
  3. If there is concern of self harm, Tara will do all that she can to make sure the youth is safe.  The can include contacting help or getting the youth a doctor.

Booking an Appointment with Tara
By Phone:
Tara: 343-803-3482
NROCRC Youth Counselling Intake Line: 613-596-5626 Ext. 308

By Email:
NROCRC Counselling Intake: