ethical guidelines of the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy.
I use various techniques with the individual depending on the client’s age, stage of development and issues.
Confidentiality is taken very seriously and will only be broken if I believe that the teenager or another person / other people are in danger of serious harm.
Teenagers today face a number of challenges. It is estimated that less than a third of children under 18 with a mental health problem receive any help. Typical problems range from ever-rising exam pressures to internet bullying. We see growing numbers of teenagers suffering from depression, stress-related conditions, low self-esteem, drug and alcohol abuse, eating disorders, and relational difficulties.
Some typical signs of Psychological Problems in Adolescents:
- Decline in school performance regardless of how hard they are working
- Withdrawal from friends, family, usual activities or hobbies
- Sleep problems (insomnia, sleeplessness or nightmares)
- Hyperactivity or irritability
- Anger or aggression or ‘acting out’
- Continual resistant or hostile behaviour (such as towards those in authority)
- Refusal to go to school
- Frequent and excessive anxiety or worry
- Depression, thoughts of death or suicidal feelings or tendencies
- Lying, cheating, or stealing
- Destructive behaviours such as vandalism or self-harm
- Threatening self or others
- Drug or alcohol abuse
- Acting out sexually
- Numerous physical complaints
How can Therapy for Teenagers help?
- Gives teenagers the chance to talk about all issues in a safe environment
- Helps them gain confidence in self-expression as a teenager
- Improves their communication levels through practice and with therapist feedback
- Helps them learn to recognise strengths and weaknesses
- Teaches them ways of overcoming worries, pressures and negative behaviours.