Just like adults, teenagers and young people sometimes need therapy to help them cope with various physical, behavioural and emotional issues. Teenagers often have feelings and thoughts about life experiences that they find hard to deal with. Counselling allow them to express these feelings in a safe, confidential setting.
Dionne has many years of experience working at various schools and colleges and understands that young people often have to deal with difficult issues at home and at school, college. They may have low confidence/self esteem which can lead to low aspirations, poor educational achievement, truancy and exclusion from school. Counselling can help improve classroom learning and build their resilience, providing them with brighter prospects and hopeful futures.
Signs that your child may benefit from seeing a therapist include:
- Difficulty adapting to changes, such as changing school,moving house, adoption and fostering, new siblings, step-parents or step-siblings, extended families.
- A drop in performance at school
- Being withdrawn, tearful or having mood swings
- Friendship issues, bullying or low self esteem
- Change in sleep pattern for example trouble sleeping or excessive sleepiness
- Child complaining of physical symptoms such as headache or stomach ache, despite getting the ok from your GP.
- Behavioural problems such as anger, changes in eating pattern, becoming introverted for no apparent reason.
If you are concerned about your child, it’s important to know that the earlier you seek help, the more successful therapy is likely to be.
During adolescence a lot of changes take place and young people have to face lots of new experiences. Teenagers are often faced with new and unexpected situation and events which require reactions and coping strategies which may never have been used. Dealing with new events and major changes in their lives will almost certainly raise anxiety and cause stress. Talking to an experienced counsellor can help improve a young person’s confidence and teach them the coping strategies to help deal with these often difficult challenges and experiences.
Counselling helps teenagers to express their feelings and thoughts about life experiences in a safe, confidential setting with a person they can learn to trust. The only time a counsellor will discuss anything with another person is if the teenager gives their permission or is at risk of self-harm or harming another person. The breach of confidentiality is then for safety reasons.