Everyone is entitled to live a life free from the hardships of mental health concerns. The teenage years are hard enough without your internal world bombarding you with repetitive thoughts, self criticisms, catastrophes, anxiety and doubt. With psychological help you can learn how to relate to your thoughts and emotional experiences in different ways and loosen the binds these create. Find more freedom in your life and do what matters most.
Most teenagers I work with are unsure about seeing a psychologist to begin with but tend to leave having a more helpful understanding of the challenges they face and feel less alone in their struggles.
I work with teenagers using Cognitive Behavioural Therapy, Acceptance and Commitment Therapy, Behavioural Therapy, Mindfulness based approaches and Compassion Focused Therapy to achieve individual goals.
Some Teenage Concerns:
Generalised Anxiety - worry about all sorts and everything.
Social Anxiety - worry about others judging us, how we look and how we come across to others.
Panic attacks - sudden feelings of breathlessness and panic that seem to come out of the blue.
Obsessive Compulsive Disorder - mental or behavioural habits that you feel you need to complete.
Phobias - a fear of something specific like dogs or blood.
Low mood and Depression - feeling low, uninspired, withdrawn and like nothing matters.
Trauma histories and Post Traumatic Stress Disorder - having had frightening experiences in the near or distant past.
Dealing with separate or divorce
Dealing with bereavement - when someone you know is no longer with you.
Dealing with adoption and/or fostering
Most teenagers I meet have a combination of concerns. You are all unique in both your strengths and your difficulties.
All sessions currently video therapy due to Covid-19.