Adolescent Counselling

Adolescence can be an extremely difficult time in a young person’s life. Research has shown that about 4 in 10 teenagers become seriously depressed each year.  The family of the adolescent is also affected.  Key differences with counselling adults is that adolescents require a lot of patience and understanding. Adolescent’s need a space in which they are allowed to be themselves.  Counselling can assist adolescents to make sense of any chaos in their lives, and enable them to function healthily.

Some difficulties adolescents face may include:

  •  Anger management
  • Bereavement counselling
  • Bullying and cyberbullying
  • Crime related trauma
  • Depression
  • Divorce of parents
  • Domestic violence
  • Drug and alcohol abuse
  • Eating disorders
  • Family relationships
  • Feeling misunderstood
  • Friendships
  • Future worries (what will I do with my life)
  • Low self-esteem
  • Mood swings
  • Pregnancy
  • Rebellion
  • Risky behaviours (alcohol, drugs)
  • Romantic relationships
  • Self-harm (cutting)
  • Sexuality
  • Socialisation difficulties
  • Step-families
  • Stress (including academic stress)
  • Suicidal thoughts / tendencies
  • Terminal illness
  • Termination of pregnancy
  • Transition from primary to high school
  • Trauma