Counselling for Teenagers
While our teenage years are a time of fun and opportunity they can also be a very stressful time. Teenagers are still developing their thinking and physical skills and their personality becomes more vulnerable than at any other time. The changes that they go through can make them feel uncertain, anxious and inadequate. A perfectly happy and capable child can become gripped with anxiety for no apparent reason and as a parent you feel helpless to know what to do to help. You have tried talking to them to show them that you care, but most teenagers struggle to talk to their parents because they worry about affecting the relationship, they worry about being a burden or not being understood, but mostly they worry that you will think differently about them.
This is where one to one counselling can help teenagers, just as it can adults. Having the space to express the confusion of their life can give them perspective. It can help them to develop a positive attitude to life, recognise personal strengths and express feelings and emotions. It does not involve making decisions for them, preaching or imposing different beliefs.
As your teenagers counsellor I will help them:
figure out what strengths they already have
manage their thoughts and feelings and the changes that they go through
understand what happens as they develop
learn about anxiety and develop some tools and techniques to reduce it
make changes without feeling overwhelmed
understand that getting support when we feel troubled is a good thing
If you are a parent and would like to have a confidential discussion about your child then please get in touch.