Young people face many challenges in their lives and for some the teenage years are the most difficult. Adolescence brings with it physical and personal changes along with social and academic pressures, all of which place increased stress upon the child and the family. Counselling can help play a supportive role at this time, and provides a safe space for your teenager to express their feelings and gain perspective on issues that may be concerning them.
If your son or daughter is showing any of these typical signs of adolescent psychological problems, then counselling could help:
Difficulty in coping with daily life , Excessive worrying, Extended periods 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.
I hold a Diploma in Person Centred Counselling and a Post Qualifying Diploma in Counselling Children & Adolescents. I have also completed a trauma training (Babette Rothschild). My approach is primarily talking-based, however I also incorporate other approaches as appropriate:
- Drawing and other creative ways of expressing
- CBT (Cognitive Behavioural Therapy) and ACT (Acceptance and Commitment Therapy)
- Mindfulness and relaxation techniques
I work in private practice and more recently held the post of school counsellor in a secondary school setting.
Location: I work from a room in my house in a conveniently located part of Stroud, there is free on-street parking available.
Fees: I offer a free 20 minute phone consultation. Further sessions are £45 per session (50 minutes). I offer some concessions for those on benefits.
If you would like to find out more or to book an initial consultation please feel free to contact me.