Teenagers today face an ever-growing number of challenges. From exams and deadlines to the lure of the internet, adolescents have all kinds of pressures to deal with. If left to spiral, these can result in them suffering from depression, stress-related conditions, low self-esteem, drug and alcohol abuse, eating disorders, and relational difficulties.
Counselling for teenagers uses all the same principles of adult therapy but is underpinned by strategies from developmental psychology. If you have a teenager who is showing some of these typical signs of adolescent psychological problems, then counselling could help:
- Difficulty in coping with daily life
- Excessive worrying
- Extended period of depression and lethargy
- Noticeable changes in eating
- Disturbed sleeping patterns
- References to suicide or self-harm
- Apparent changes in personality
- Volatile mood
- Drug/alcohol misuse
- Pronounced demonstrations of aggression
It takes a skill to engage with adolescents and guide them in overcoming their difficulties without interrupting the course of natural development, so counsellors need specific training in order to work with teenagers and must have undergone a CRB check.
You need a specialist practitioner who is trained to work with adolescents and teenagers without judgement. Therapy can help your teenager by giving them the space to talk about any issues in a safe environment, which helps them gain confidence in self-expression and improves their communication levels through practice and with therapist feedback. Therapy can also support them while they learn to recognise their strengths and weaknesses, as well as teaching them ways of overcoming worries, pressures and negative behaviours.