Being a young person is not the easy ride that parent’s guardians or family members like to think it is. The world is a very different place to when they grew up.
Pressure from school, social groups plus high levels of expectation from a parent can lead to stress and anxiety. Home life, relationships with brothers or sisters can all have an impact on your wellbeing.
As a parent it can often be bewildering as to why your child is uncommunicative, miserable or even angry. Whilst some of these behaviours can be attributed to their ongoing mental and physical development, it can equally be related to circumstances or relationships around them that they feel intimidated by or unable to resolve.
Whatever the cause, if left unchecked a child or young person may demonstrate symptoms of anxiety, depression and self-harm or lead to other severe behavioural issues. Children and young people experience a more intense version of these issues than adults.
Talking therapy offers a safe space for children and young people to express their thoughts and feelings, without judgement and help them to explore their feelings and emotions.
As a counsellor, my role is to help them build the skills to manage these feelings and emotions for themselves by providing a tool kit of coping strategies, to help them reach their full potential.
Adolescence should be a time of enormous possibilities, creativity, learning and fun.
Counselling for children and young people can help with:
The following help sheets may explain how your feeling and why.
Remember your not alone.
Many people need help at some point in their lives.
Reaching out is the first and often the biggest step, just give it a try.