The physical, psychological, social, emotional and intellectual developmental changes taking place in adolescence means it is a challenging time for many teenagers. As a result of these changes some teenagers may experience one or a number of issues. Some of the issues I have worked with include anxiety, depression, panic attacks, exam stress, self-harm, eating disorders, body image issues, behavioural difficulties, anger management, bullying, self-esteem issues, and the use of technology and social media.
I work with teenagers to identify challenges, develop self-awareness, uncover strengths, develop resilience and identify supports and resources. As a family therapist I believe that parents can be a useful resource to their children.
In my experience, family sessions where the parents and teenager attend together, create a helpful way to build a shared understanding of the unique experiences of teenagers as they navigate this time in their lives. With this in mind, I find it helpful for a parent or if possible, both parents, to attend the first session.