Does your teenage son or daughter struggle ? Do they suffer from stress and anxiety because of constant assessments and exams? Seem addicted to social media or gaming? Have been affected by bullying? Marital break-up? Bereavement? If you suffered as a teenager, can you imagine how helpful speaking to a trained professional might have been?
Research shows that about half of the major mental health issues develop in the teenage years2. I believe that these issues are a bit like a parking ticket. If ignored they get worse and more costly. If brushed under the carpet they can develop into more pronounced long-term issues. Resulting in depression, stress-related conditions, low self-esteem, drug and alcohol abuse, eating disorders, and relational difficulties.
When counselling teenagers I use all the same principles of adult therapy with a relational/systemic approach which offers confidentiality within the context of the family dynamics, affording a collaborative approach with parents/guardians with negotiated regular updates.
If you have a teenager who is showing some of these typical signs of adolescent psychological problems, then I could help:
I am a highly qualified and skilled practitioner. I have over 25 years’ experience working with teenagers overcome their difficulties, have specialist supervision and an enhanced DBS check.
My non-judgemental approach allows teenagers the freedom to express themselves and explore any issue in a safe environment. I believe that this develops their awareness and confidence.
I can help them discover ways in overcoming their difficulties and cope in healthier ways.
Call today for a confidential free 15-minute consultation to see how I can help your teenager.
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2. Jones, P. (2013). Adult mental health disorders and their age at onset. British Journal of Psychiatry, 202(S54), S5-S10. doi:10.1192/bjp.bp.112.119164