As parents, we all want our children to thrive and be happy in life. However, for some children, life’s up’s and downs can be more of a struggle. Adolescence brings many changes, not just physcically but emotionally. The many hormonal changes going on affect the brain in many ways, thus affecting feelings, behaviours and ability to manage whatever life may throw at them.
I believe that the most difficult part of being a teenager is the feeling of “it’s just me” and “why am I the only one who feel’s this way?” When a young person feels heard in an empathic, non-judgemental way, by someone separate from the other relationships in their lives, it allows them the freedom to explore their feelings without fear of being judged.
I use evidence-based practices, expressive arts, mindfulness tools and psycho-education to help young people connect with their inner world. My goal in working with young people is to help them gain the skills needed to effectively deal with challenges, regulate emotions, as well as learn to express their needs and worries appropriately.
- What I can help with
- Adverse Childhood Experiences
- Anxiety and stress
- Attachment concerns
- Bereavement and loss
- Childhood Trauma
- Conflict resolution
- Contact difficulties
- Divorce and family breakdown
- Emotional regulation
- Family illness
- Family separation or divorce
- Identity / Self-esteem
- Relationship and friendship difficulties
- Sleep issues
Types of therapy
Integrative, Psychodynamic, Person centred, Emotion focused therapy, Creative therapy, CBT, Solution Focused Brief Therapy.
How I deliver therapy
Long-term face-to-face work, Short-term face-to-face work, Online counselling.
Sessions are charged at £50 and each session last 50 minutes and takes place at the same time and place each week.
It’s important that you find the right therapist for you so a free 20 minute consultation is available. This will give you a chance to tell me a bit about yourself and what brings you to therapy and ask any questions you may have. If you choose to, we can then arrange a first session, in which we can explore more about you, your hopes for therapy and the changes you would like to see in your life.
My therapy space is located in Aspley Guise MK17 8DP, which is within easy reach of Milton Keynes, Bedford, Leighton Buzzard, Newport Pagnell, Ampthill, Flitwick and surrounding towns and villages.
Jenna Gleeson – Adolescent Psychotherapist
I am a qualified trauma-informed counsellor and psychotherapist, offering private counselling and psychotherapy in Milton Keynes as well as online. I am a member of the British Association of Counsellors and Psychotherapists and adhere to the BACP ethical framework.
I work with adolescents and young people aged 12-25 for traditional counselling and psychotherapy, with my expertise in working with care experienced young people. I am compassionate, empathetic, understanding and am committed to creating a warm, safe, non-judgemental space in which to explore whatever has brought my clients to therapy.
My clinical background is as an Integrative Therapist, underpinned by Developmental, Relational, and Trauma-Informed approaches, which takes into consideration how your early life and experiences may be influencing you presently. As an integrative therapist, I use a range of different therapeutic approaches to adapt to the unique needs of each client. My style is informed both by a psychodynamic approach and evidence-based models. I offer short-term therapy for a specific problem or life-event; or a longer-term, open-ended journey towards deepening your understanding and acceptance of yourself and others. With adolescents, the work can also be explored through play and using the arts.
I have worked with children, adolescents and families for over a decade in a variety of social work related roles. In recent years my career in social work has moved to be more focused on direct work with young people which is where my passion lies and as a result I decided to retrain as an adolescent psychotherapist.
As a registered member of the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy, my training, qualifications, professional insurance and practice all adhere to high standards of proficiency, professionalism and good practice. I also have a full, up-to-date, enhanced DBS check for the child and adult workforce and up to date safeguarding training.