Young people

Counselling for young people

Sometimes it can be hard to cope with all the physical and emotional changes that happen during your teenage years. Unfortunately these changes occur at a time when you are also expected to work hard at school and often to make decisions about your future. It is not uncommon to experience feelings of sadness or frustration, anxiety or anger. You may feel anxious about your sexuality, about your body, about how ‘normal’ you are. All of these feelings are in fact quite normal but when they threaten to overpower you so that they affect your appetite, your sleep, your ability to concentrate, then maybe it would help to talk about them with somebody neutral and outside of your situation.

Counselling provides you with the opportunity to talk about anything that is bothering you with someone who will listen and not judge. Over time it can help you to understand why you are feeling the way you are, and help you find strategies for dealing with it. Everything that is talked about in the counselling room is kept confidential, even from your parents. The only time that confidentiality would be broken would be if I felt you were in danger of seriously harming yourself or someone else, or if you were being abused. I am then obliged to break confidentiality.