Often negative behaviour and problematic symptoms manifest simply because the adolescent does not have the capacity to cope with all these pressures on their own.
I can offer support with
- Low Mood, Depression
- Low Self-Esteem, Self-Confidence
- Self-Harm & thoughts of Suicide
- Bullying, Peer Pressure, Friendships, Relationships
- Separation/Divorce of Parents
- Sexual Abuse
- Sexuality, Gender
- Stress, Anxiety, Feeling Overwhelmed, Worry about the Future
- School, Study and Exam Pressure
- Anger Management
- Conflict with Parents
- Problems with eating and body issues
- Addiction Issues
Being a teenager can sometimes be difficult. But when you consider that these years are a period of intense growth, not only physically but emotionally and intellectually, it’s understandable that it can be a time of confusion and upheaval. Many children announce the onset of adolescence with a dramatic change in behaviour, particularly around parents. As they begin to separate and become more independent, they must negotiate and deal with major changes in their relationship with others.
At the same time, teens are increasingly aware of how their peers see them and are desperately trying to fit in. Often negative behaviour and problematic symptoms manifest simply because the adolescent does not have the capacity to cope with all these pressures on their own. This is where counselling can help. It can be very beneficial for an adolescent to have another caring adult in their life, separate from family and school, to share their struggles and worries with.
How I work
My approach is to provide a supportive, respectful and safe place for an adolescent to explore their often confusing thoughts, feelings and emotions.
My work is focused on guiding him/her to avail of their own inner resources, gain a different perspective on their experience and recognise the support that is around them.
I believe that adolescent counselling is all about supporting and facilitating the development of the individual. My experience has shown that once this is addressed, unwanted behaviours and symptoms will naturally dissipate over time.
Many young people who come to counselling can have a struggle around self-expression. They can be reluctant and afraid to verbalise their feelings and often don’t know how. Therefore, therapy with adolescents is very relaxed and interactive. I will always work in a developmentally appropriate way to establish a strong and positive therapeutic relationship with each individual client. Once trust has been established some teens will prefer to talk, while others will prefer a more creative approach.
Creative work can be facilitated through a variety of media such as sand, clay, art, games etc. and will be based around the adolescent’s individual preferences and interests.
My intention is for the work to be natural and follow the unique flow of the adolescent client and their individual experience.
We develop through our relationships and your adolescent is no different. Adolescent development is an evolution of relationship with parents, rather than a loss of the relationship. As such, I feel that including parents, where possible, is a vital component to the success of the therapy. Your support is essential to your child because if they receive enough support and feel that their needs and wants are being met, this will contribute to their healthy development and growth as an individual.
Parents want what is best for their child, but it is sometimes difficult to know how to handle the challenges of raising a teenager. I help parents work on building better relationships with their teen.
I will assist by providing guidance and strategies around the various issues that may arise. I will also support you around your own worries and distress.
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