Do you have a young person you are concerned about? Have you noticed changes in them and you are struggling to understand why? Sometimes our children reach out to us and ask for help, support and guidance and others give us subtle clues they are experiencing difficulties with day to day life. Have you tried to reach out and found your young person shuts you out? Many young people can struggle with verbalising their concerns or worries and can often find it easier to talk to a counsellor than a parent. I often work with young people to help them develop resilience and useful strategies for their lives. There are huge benefits for young people to understand their moods and emotions - it can help them to be better equipped to manage relationships more skillfully and cope more ably with life in general. Being more aware of yourself enables you to be more self-accepting, more sensitive to others and more empathic. Understanding yourself will lead to clearer thinking, greater motivation and a healthy life balance.
Young People can benefit from having their own space whereby they feel free to talk openly about concerns and issues they have been finding difficult to understand. For some parents, issues of self-harm, anxiety and stress appear overwhelming to handle and can often have a ripple effect upon other family members. By working with a young person to recognise and understand how they are feeling, it can be possible for them to learn skills to help manage their symptoms.
Teenage years are a period of growth within the brain where huge cognitive changes are occurring and it can be helpful for the young person to be reassured this is a very normal part of growing up. Stress is another huge area of concern and if a young person can learn to manage stress while they are young they can use the same skills throughout their lives. Teenagers experience many external stresses and counselling can help them to develop strategies to recognise and manage their stress before it becomes overwhelming.
Self-harm and suicidal thoughts are increasingly common in young people. Parents and carers may know or suspect that something is wrong, but not know what. They can often have a huge mixture of feelings: concern, guilt, helplessness, anger and above all, worry. Individual counselling with a young person can offer a space to find alternative ways of coping with painful feelings. A counsellor can help they young person begin to understand the link between emotional and behavioural difficulties and their life problems. In this collaboration, the young person can begin to identify their own problems, set goals and develop coping techniques.
Please feel free to make contact me to discuss your needs for ongoing counselling.
- Step Families
- Moving Home
- Eating Disorders
- Body dysmorphia
- Schools/ college
- Self- harm
- Self esteem
- Suicidal Thoughts