Adolescence can often be a confusing time for young people. As well as the physical changes, young people also experience emotional and social changes. Trying to work out how they fit in the world, coupled with who they are becoming as individuals, can result in young people feeling unable to cope with everyday life, which can lead to anxiety and feelings of isolation. This is where counselling can help.
There are a lot of misconceptions surrounding counselling, it is often viewed as a place that people go when they feel they are losing their mind or have suffered a life changing event such as death or trauma. Counselling is able to support in these situations, but is also about providing a safe space for a young person to go when they have a lot going on in their minds/lives and need some time to make sense of it. We all face tough situations every day and normally we manage just fine, however there are times when life can get too much and our mind and body tell us that they are struggling to understand and can’t quite process all these new changes and situations.
CounsellingWorx is founded upon these key principles.
How Counselling can help your teenager
CounsellingWorx can offer a safe space, with a qualified BACP therapist, for young people to be able to work through and make sense of their feelings and situations. These sessions will also equip your child with tools and strategies that they will be able to refer back on and use throughout their lifetime.
Mood disorders often start during the teen years. And if left untreated, depression can last into adulthood. If your teen seems irritable, sad, and withdrawn, it may be beneficial for them to talk to a counsellor.
While it’s normal for teens to worry sometimes, some teens experience intense anxiety, which may result in your teen withdrawing from their friends and becoming socially isolated. Cognitive Behavioural Therapy is a useful tool to be able to provide strategies to manage anxiety.
Suspensions from school, repeated isolations, and aggressive behaviour may be symptoms of more serious problems. CounsellingWorx therapists could help uncover potential mental health issues, skill deficits, or social problems that may be driving your teen’s behaviour.
Teenagers can be subjected to many different types of stress, whether it’s exam pressure, peer pressure, social media pressure or family pressures. Stress can have a detrimental effect on your child’s emotional and mental wellbeing. Counselling can help provide a space for your child to openly discuss and implement ways of managing their stress.
School and Social-Related Issues
School life - the pressure to “fit in”, bullying, social media and peer pressure can all have a dramatic effect on your child’s ability to cope with life. Counselling can help build up emotional resilience and equip your teenager to manage these issues more effectively.
Adolescents struggling with self-esteem issues can be more prone to developing anxiety or depression. Counselling can help improve self-esteem.
When a child experiences a trauma, therapy can increase resilience and reduce the impact the traumatic event has on your child’s life. Early intervention can be the key to helping your child recover from traumatic circumstances.
The loss of a loved one, or significant individual as a result of relationship breakdown, can be especially difficult during adolescence. It can result in many difficult questions needing to be explored, such as “why am I here, where do people go when they die, who will I talk to now, was it my fault, am I going to die?” These deep questions need to be explored and worked through carefully so as not to cause more stress or harm to a child. Therapy can provide the space and skills to be able to do this.