The pressures around young people can be overwhelming; among them school, family, mental and physical health, friends and social media. It can be hard to know who to talk to, and for that person to have the time to really listen.
Counselling can help by offering you the space to be yourself. To be accepted and not to be judged. To explore any worries at your own pace and in your own way.
We can work together in person or remotely, and if you'd like I also have a variety of creative media, worksheets and fidget toys that can help you to feel comfortable when the words are hard to find.
As a young person, you are my client and you are at the centre of our work together. Often your parent or carer may wish to know what is happening, or to have updates as to how you are progressing. If requested, I can offer a short six-weekly review session, during which we will have the opportunity to share anything you feel comfortable with.
If I feel concerned for your wellbeing at any time, I may need to share this with your parent, carer or other professional, depending on what is appropriate. I would always try my best to discuss this with you first, so you are aware of what is happening. We will talk about all of this prior to working together so this trust is never compromised.
Young People: practical matters
I work with young people of secondary age and above. My approach is mainly talking therapy however often work creatively with games, art, craft and other resources to enable a friendly and comfortable experience. Appointments are held with the young person only, with a parent/carer only being present for the intitial sesison (if required, subject to age and competence) and any review sessions as agreed.
If you are the parent of a child/young person who is struggling with their mental health, I offer parent information appointments during which we can explore what is going on for you, the parent, and how best you can support yourself and your child.
If the relationship with your child is strained and you both wish to explore why that might be, couple/relationship counselling can help. During these appointments we work together to consider why the difficulties arise and the steps you can take towards a healthier and more positive relationship.