Adolescence

Therapeutic help for young people aged between 13-25


If you are reading this page I guess you are finding things difficult at the moment and maybe do not know where or who to turn to. You might feel embarrassed or that it is shameful asking for help, but it is okay to need help and it is alright to ask for help. I know it is not always easy or helpful to talk to parents, friends or teachers who want to give you advice and this can leave you feeling very alone with your problems and that no one understands you. However, it can be really helpful to talk to someone who understands the kinds of issues that young people face and listen to you without judging you or offering you a solution but help you make sense of your thoughts and feelings and support you in finding your own way forward.

As an experienced adolescence counsellor I have a very good understanding of the kinds of problems young people face. I believe that adolescence is a particular stage of development and requires specific training as I have undertaken. Adolescence is a turbulent time even in the best of circumstances, if however, you have added pressures in your life then this can make this challenging time even more problematic.

The kinds of issues you might be experiencing could include long periods of feeling very low in your mood, deep sadness, anger outbursts, feel you want to hurt yourself in some way. Other worries might include:

  • Feeling depressed and confused
  • Lack of confidence
  • Family problems
  • Abuse
  • Feeling Lonely and misunderstood
  • Bullying, racism, sexism
  • Relationship problems
  • Self-harming
  • Eating disorders
  • Academic/school pressure
  • Leaving school – transition into adulthood
  • Suicidal feelings
  • Feeling anxious
  • Any other issues

If you would like to make an appointment to meet with me and see of you feel comfortable talking to me you can call me yourself to have a chat, but if you feel a bit worried about calling me then don’t worry you can always ask a parent or carer to contact me on your behalf.  My practice number is: 01923 262431- I have an answer machine so you can leave me a short message and I will get back to you.

As your counsellor I will keep confidentiality as I abide to the UKCP code of ethics. This means that I will not talk to your parents or teachers or anyone about the things you speak to me about. The only time I might have to break confidence is if your life or anyone else’s is at risk and I will of course talk to you about what might happen first.