When Life Is Difficult Or Traumatic, Psychotherapy Offers Understanding, Support, Healing And The Space To Consider Life Choices


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.