Adolescent Counselling

SafeSpace adolescent counselling services help teenagers and their families to identify ways to approach this time in a way that encourages their psycho-social development. Counselling helps teenagers to be safe, confident in themselves, and engage in respectful relationships. Counselling for adolescents is an invaluable opportunity that helps adolescents make sense of themselves, their behaviours and interactions with others during this critical time of development.

A TYPICAL ADOLESCENT COUNSELLING SESSION WOULD LOOK LIKE:

  • Speak with both you and your teenager to gain a clear, balanced understanding of the situation
  • Clarify barriers to well being, and address them
  • Establish achievable outcomes that both you and your teenager are motivated to achieve (more peace at home, being able to go out with friends, practising honest communication)
  • Help you and your teenager define a shared understanding of what needs to happen for everyone in the family to have their needs met
  • Co-ordinate counselling sessions involving only your teenager, only yourself, and joint sessions to review progress
  • Make recommendations of ways you can support your teenager
  • Celebrate breakthroughs and successes
  • Review the plan, and maintain the improvements achieved
  • Working collaboratively through the process

Adolescence is one of the most important stages of human development. During the teenage years, young people face many physical, psychological, identity and relationship changes on their journey to adulthood.  While adolescence is often stereotyped as a difficult and tumultuous time, it is important to remember that many adolescents move through this developmental stage of life respectfully and peacefully.

ADOLESCENT COUNSELLING IS SUITABLE FOR:

  • Anger management
  • Anxiety
  • Behavioural concerns
  • Body image issues
  • Bullying
  • Depression
  • Eating disorders
  • Family conflict
  • Grief and loss
  • Interpersonal conflict
  • Relationship issues
  • School refusal and disengagement
  • Self-harm and suicidal ideation
  • Self-esteem issues
  • Sexuality
  • Self-esteem issues
  • Sleep issues
  • Social isolation
  • Stress

The most common reason adolescents don’t want to attend a counselling session is concern about privacy and being judged particularly, they don’t feel sharing their issues and behaviours with other family members. But it is crucial that your teenager knows that their relationship with me is completely confidential, and anything they choose to disclose in counselling may only be shared with their consent.

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