Young People

Adolescence is a time of great change and the pressure on young people today, whether it is to achieve academically or the social pressure to conform, it takes its toll on a person's well being. I have had the privilege of working with many young people from the age of twelve, supporting them through this time.

Through my work I have seen the struggle that many young people face in the transition between childhood and the adult world and I aim to offer a space where they can explore the issues that are troubling them. It has been my experience that it is sometimes difficult for a young person to express themselves through words alone and therefore I have a wide range creative materials that can enhance the therapeutic experience for both adults and young people, including painting, drawing, toys, sand, shells and stones.

I have worked with a variety of issues facing young people today including:

  • Eating disorders
  • Anxiety
  • Depression
  • Bullying
  • Self harm
  • Exam stress
  • Family and relationship problems
  • Substance misuse
  • Bereavement

If you are the parent or carer of a young person looking for counselling for your child, I would invite you both to come for an initial half hour session in which I can describe in more depth how counselling works and we can discuss what both of your expectations are from counselling. From that point on, the therapeutic relationship would be built between myself and the young person. The material discussed during the sessions will remain confidential, as it is important that the young person feels that it is their space and they are free to discuss whatever they wish. I do not report back to parents unless I am concerned that the young person is at risk of harming themselves or another person, however, if the young person wishes to discuss their session then they are most free to do so. I offer a reduced rate for working with young people who are still in full time education or out of work; please visit the Appointments page of this site for more details.

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