The main goal of adolescent psychotherapy is to help the young person to gain the skills needed to cope effectively with life’s stressors, manage difficult feelings and to provide a therapeutic space which allows them the freedom to explore their feelings without fear of being judged so that they can understand what they feel and make sense of their experiences.
I use evidence-based models, expressive arts, mindfulness tools and psychoeducation to explore problems, and the young person’s relationship to their problems, without shaming or blaming in the process, and consequently help them manage stress and difficult feelings, whilst boosting self-esteem and confidence.
When working with adolescents it is important to be respectful of the pace at which they want to work. Time is spent carefully building a safe and trusting space before they are supported through painful or uncomfortable emotions. Adolescents often hold some false narratives or unhealthy beliefs which are harmful to their wellbeing and have a daily impact on how they relate to and behave towards those around them. Correcting these can improve emotional stability in all areas of their lives.
- 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.
All sessions last 50 minutes each and take place at the same time and place each week. Sessions are charged at £45 for 50 minutes. I also hold some lower cost places available for those on lower income / students.
It’s important that you find the right therapist for you so a free 20 minute consultation is available – please contact me to arrange. Our first session together is an assessment session, where we will explore what brings you to therapy, what you are hoping to gain from therapy and how we might start addressing this in our work together.