Counselling for Teenagers and Children
Teenagers face many challenges, not only must they adapt to significant physical changes in their bodies but also to the increasing demands and expectations of society. This makes adolescence and early adulthood a common time for the emergence of mental health problems including anxiety, depression, eating disorders and obsessive-compulsive disorder. Counselling can help teenagers to manage the challenges of mental health problems and navigate the first round of life’s challenges. Doing this at this early point can provide young adults with a significant advantage for the rest of their lives.
Who is Children/Teenager Counselling for?
How common are mental health problems in teenagers?
- Around 1 in 10 children between 5-16 years have a diagnosable mental health problem
- 3.3% or about 290,000 children and young people have an anxiety disorder
- 0.9% or nearly 80,000 children and young people are seriously depressed
- 5.8% or just over 510,000 children and young people have a conduct disorder
- 1.5% or just over 132,000 children and young people have severe ADHD
These figures are taken from the latest ONS Child and Adolescent Mental Health Survey (2004)
How does children & Teenager counselling work?
One of our Therapists will start by meeting with your family initially all together, and then if you are comfortable to do so individually. During this time, they will ask a number of questions to enable them to understand the problems that you are struggling with and the best way to help you.
Your Therapist will then work with the young person in your family to help them to understand the problems that they are having, reduce any uncomfortable symptoms and learn ways of avoiding similar problems in the future. They may also teach techniques to strengthen self-esteem and confidence as another way to protect against future difficulties.
Your Psychologist is likely to suggest that sessions with the young person alternate with sessions with the parents. The aim of these sessions is to help the parents to find the best possible way of supporting their child to overcome their current difficulties and protect them against similar problems in the future. As your Therapist will only meet with the young person for 50 minutes once a week, these sessions are vital to ensure they get support outside of these times and in an ongoing way. These sessions are also an opportunity to consider the normal challenges of adolescences and the best way of supporting a child through these in a way that bolsters their self-esteem and confidence, thus future proofing their mental health and wellbeing.
More Reading on this Subject
Should you wish to find out more about Mental Health Problems in Teenagers then you can check out our teenage & child related blog articles here.
All of our Therapists offer counselling for Teenagers.