Everyone deserves to be heard, and this includes young people. Often their worries and issues can be overlooked and misunderstood. I work with young people, I recognise and understand that teenagers and adolescents experience emotional difficulties for a number of reasons. It may be due to a change in their circumstances, such as parental divorce or separation, loss of a loved one, the pressure to 'do well', bullying, lack of confidence or just general confusion in their life. I am experienced in providing short and medium term therapy and have been a counsellor in numerous educational settings.
Counselling can help by providing you with a safe space to talk with someone who is separate from the rest of your life; a place where you can work through your problems. You are free to talk about anything that is bothering you, there are no rules or limits. You can often feel unsure or confused about your feelings or worries, this is ok and in counselling I can help you to figure these things out. We work at your own speed, I am not there to 'fix you', judge you or force you to change. The work we do together is confidential, this means I will not share any details about what we say, unless you or someone else is at serious risk of harm. (This includes your parents or school.)
Depending on how old you are, I might ask your parents for consent. This doesn't mean that they will be told what we talk about, it is to reassure them that you are working in a safe environment with me, and that they are happy for you to do so.
INFORMATION FOR PARENTS/GUARDIANS Witnessing your child experience stress and worries can be upsetting. Counselling can provide a valuable space for support for a young person experiencing these kinds of problems. When your child comes for counselling, my relationship will be with them, the client, and therefore to protect their autonomy and privacy I will not relay the content of our sessions. I will take the appropriate steps to safeguard your child or others if there is a risk of harm. It is important that your child is able to take control and be in charge of their own counselling experience.
If you feel that you are experiencing your own anxiety, stress or other issues, it is important that you take care of yourself too, and possibly seek your own help or support. The Counselling Directory can provide you with alternative counsellors within the area that you could see. It would be inappropriate for us to work together and will prevent any potential conflict of interest.