Counselling adolescents requires an understanding of the complexities of teenagers lives', pressures and anxieties, hopes, dreams and expectations. It means accompanying them for a while on their particular journey and getting to know their individual likes, dislikes and preferences. It is about having fun, listening, reflecting on their feelings and reactions, anxieties or anger in a deeply respectful environment of trust and empathy. It is finding with them the ways they want to connect with what is bothering them or preventing them getting on with life and helping them to find ways to feel stronger and be happier.
Requires a relationship of trust and respect, built within a confidential and non-judging environment.
Helps them find their own ways to express and explore what is bothering or upsetting them.
Enables and empowers them to find solutions and connections to what has happened or what they fear might happen.
Allows them to celebrate who they really are.
Is fun if fun is needed.
Is serious if seriousness is needed.
Is always respectful.
I have always worked with young people and adolescents and feel privileged to accompany them for a short time on their journeys. Counselling can provide a neutral place for them to be able to work through what they may find too difficult with those closest to them. Sometimes having a confidential space and a neutral person can help an individual reflect on their feelings, worries, and fears and to find a their own strategies for feeling stronger, happier and understanding their emotions.