Many young people struggle daily with issues around depression, anxiety, low self esteem and self identity. Some of these issues are the result of the young person experiencing life events such as divorce, trauma and loss, struggling to find their place in the world. I believe that early therapeutic intervention is key to help young people succeed. By providing a safe environment for the young person to process their feelings through talking, creative work and play, this helps build confidence and self esteem, enabling young people to learn coping skills to be able to regulate their emotions which will provide emotional resilience and help children and families thrive.
Through our work together we will establish therapeutic goals which aim to help you work through issues that are causing emotional pain.
Counselling can provide a safe and regular space for you to talk through and explore difficult feelings.
- relationship breakdown
- work-related stress
- explore issues such as sexual identity
- feelings of depression
- feelings of anxiety
- understand yourself and your problems better
- feel more confident
- develop a better understanding of other people's points of view
In most cases, it takes a number of sessions before the counselling starts to make a difference, and a regular commitment is required to make the best use of the therapy.
Teenagers can struggle with different issues than younger children and adults such as identity struggles, extreme peer pressure and fitting in.
Teens who may need help may display signs of depression or angry outbursts, they may withdraw from friends and family and “shut down" discussions refusing to say what is upsetting them. Changes in habits are also signs, this might be a change in sleep or eating patterns or drug or alcohol use.
When working with adolescents I will use an integrative approach using art, games, music and talking therapies to reach the adolescent where they are at. I have trained in Dialetical Behaviour Therapy which utilizes CBT, mindfulness and a skill based approach to support emotional regulation and improve daily living.
“Play therapy is a type of therapy that helps children to express themselves, explore their thoughts and feelings, and make sense of their life experiences. Play is a natural activity of learning, exploration and communication for children, and so the medium is considered highly effective for helping children to 'play out' what they may find difficult to put into words.”
I combine CBT and mindfulness techniques into play depending on the needs of the child. I have a fully equipped play therapy room and utilize play therapy techniques throughout the session when working with children.