Adolescent Counselling

I always had an interest in supporting and working with young people’s development and as a result, I have written my Psychology degree thesis on children’s toy preferences. I had the opportunity to present my results at the British Psychological Society Developmental Psychology Division Conference. My work is strongly informed by the newest research in development and interventions that are found best to support young people.

 

I hold a Level 5 Advanced Specialist Training Certificate in Counselling Children and Young People accredited by CPCAB. I have also completed various training with the Place2Be on play therapy, working with metaphor and attachment theory perspectives. I spent most of my university life volunteering at The Mix, a helpline to provide emotional support to people aged 3-25. As a result, I acquired substantial experience with young people.

 

As a child and adolescent psychotherapist, I usually work with young people aged 9-18. I have experience working in school settings as well as in private practice.

 

I use a proactive approach that is combined with psychodynamic, relational, humanistic and play therapy perspectives. This means I am fully present with the young person and focus on understanding who they are and helping them build resilience and confidence to deal with any issues they may experience in their lives. I believe that developing self-awareness in a safe environment can help adolescents navigate life in a healthy and empowered manner.

Thoughts

Session Structure:

 

Sessions with young people usually last 45 minutes on a weekly basis. I may suggest an initial session with a parent/caregiver to get an insight on the presenting issues. 

Some of the presenting issues I work with young people are:

  • ADHD (Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder)

  • Anger

  • Anxiety, Stress, Panic

  • Attachment Difficulties

  • Behavioural Issues

  • Bullying

  • Concentration Difficulties

  • Confidence and self-esteem

  • Depression, Low mood and Mood Swings

  • Emotion Regulation

  • Family Conflicts

  • Friendship

  • Gender and Racial Identity

  • Loss, Grief and Bereavement

  • Relationship Issues

  • School-Related Concerns

  • Sleep Difficulties

  • Trauma and Abuse