Adolescence is a period of child development where young people under go significant changes; neurologically and physiologically. As teenagers navigate social/ school pressures, family expectations and other various environmental influences, they are unconsciously questioning their belonging and figuring out "Who am I?". For some young people this can be a challenging time where they lack feeling heard and understood. Therapeutic support can help to make sense of their new emerging identities, challenging experiences and place within the different systems they find themselves in.
How I work
I mainly draw on neuroscience as well as other psychological theories to help adolescents make sense of their emotional experiences. Similar to a child counselling approach, art creativity and play is offered. Adolescents may prefer a talking approach. Free direction allows adolescent clients' to experience a sense of control. I work with adolescents from various faith and ethnic backgrounds both in-person and online.
An assessment is made with the adolescent's parents/ carers prior to any counselling work. This is an opportunity to gain a background history and form an understanding of presenting difficulties.
Working with Parents/ Carers
I welcome working in partnership with parents/ carers. Once counselling commences, regular consultations ensure that the young client's needs and goals are kept in mind. Discussions can address progress, areas of difficulty and practical strategies to support parents/ carers.
Parents/ carers often want support for their child. One-to-one child counselling is an effective early intervention strategy which can support positive emotional well-being during adolescence and later life. The following areas are typical difficult life experiences where counselling can help, but is not limited to:
Bereavement, parental divorce or separation
Anxiety, stress, worry, anger
Transitions - new school term/ year
SAT's, exam stress, study pressures
Family/ peer issues and relationships
Relocation, refugee, displacement
Trauma, abuse, neglect