“True mastery can be gained by letting things go their own way. It can’t be gained by interfering”

 

Tao Te Ching 

 

 

                        

Adolescent

Adolescents and Teenagers today face a number of challenges. Typical problems range from ever-rising exam pressures to the lure of the internet. We see growing numbers of teenagers suffering from depression, stress-related conditions, low self-esteem, drug and alcohol abuse, eating disorders, and relational difficulties.

Adolescent Counselling is for older children or teenagers who would like the support of somebody outside of their family and own network to help them to understand and make sense of the difficulties that they are experiencing. Counselling is a safe place for them to explore their thoughts, feelings and concerns without being judged. They may choose to talk (talk therapy), or they may use some of the creative mediums such as art, clay, drama or story writing to help them to express themselves. 

Adolescent Counselling can be beneficial for children and teenagers who are experiencing loss through parental separation or bereavement, low self esteem, peer related issues, abusive experiences and any issue that the adolescent is struggling with.

WHY ADULTS COUNSELLING IS DIFFERENT FROM ADOLESCENT COUNSELLING

Adults have learned through time to verbalize complex and contradictory feelings and reactions. However, adolescents generally find it more difficult to eloquently verbalize such feelings: they are often overwhelmed and even confused by the onslaught of complex feelings that come as they move toward adulthood. 

Counselling adolescents incorporates principles of adult therapy but is underpinned by developmental psychology. For adolescents, the approach of the therapist needs to reflect their current life experience. Therefore, "talk therapy" tends not to be as effective as therapy that involves activity or experience (such as experiential therapy, play therapy, and art therapy). These forms of therapy allow symbolic expression of internal conflicts. 

Common issues addressed include:

  • Relationship Problems – siblings, parents, friends, teachers, peers
  • Self harm
  • Parental separation
  • Alcohol and Drugs
  • Suicidal thoughts
  • Bullying
  • Loss and Mourning
  • Self-Esteem, Confidence and Assertiveness
  • Abuse (Physical, Emotional, Sexual)
  • Food Issues and Self Image
  • Feeling down or anxious


Sessions last 60 minutes. The sessions are confidential between you and the counsellor. The only time confidentiality is breached is when the therapist fears for your safety or another person’s safety.

If you are interested in learning more about beginning adolescent therapy, please go to our Contact Page or call (087) 1520515