Generally teenagers successfully meet most challenges posed by the various stages of their development. When they have difficulty doing so, problems manifest themselves through difficulties in learning, relationships and in emotional & behavioural development.
Teen Counselling needs a different approach
Our Teen Counselling Service provides a safe place for teenagers to explore their often confusing thoughts, feelings and emotions.
While some teenagers prefer to talk, others find this difficult and require a more creative approach to support them to understand and express themselves.
In our Teen Counselling service we work in a developmentally appropriate and eclectic way to establish a therapeutic relationship with your teenager, working creatively with him/her through a variety of media in addition to traditional talking therapy such as art, music, sand, clay, games, visualisation etc.
The extra life stage pressures for Teens
Like adults, at times teenagers can feel stressed, overwhelmed, depressed, and anxious. In addition to the emotions adults encounter, teenagers may experience additional difficulties due to low self esteem, finding their identity, peer pressure, challenges of puberty, bullying, school and exam stress.
Feelings like these can become difficult for a teenager to manage, and they may begin interfering with his or her well being, behaviour, relationships and general enjoyment of life. This is where Counselling can help.
Teen Counselling can help with a range of issues including:
How we work
Initially we meet with parents/carers first before meeting with the teen about whom you have concerns. This allows us to gather background information as well as show parents/carers around the therapy room and explain fully how the service works.
The next step would be for your child to attend for a number of therapy sessions after which we again meet with parents/carers and discuss what, if any, further intervention is required. In some cases joint sessions between the teenager and other family members may be appropriate.