Our Clinical Psychologists have many years of experience in connecting with adolescents, enhancing relationships within the family and helping teenagers through schooling, social pressures and difficulties such as sleep problems, self esteem and depression. We design sessions to be engaging, supportive and where possible focused upon building connections with family and peers.
Anxiety and Worry
Body Image and Eating Disorders
Phobias and Panic Disorder
Social and Relationship Concerns
Depression or prolonged sad mood
Academic Concerns including exam stress and learning difficulties
Hypomania and other Mood Disorders
Managing medical conditions such as Chronic Fatigue, Diabetes and injury or illness
FAQ’s for adolescent sessions
My teenager is nervous about coming, what should I do?
Meeting a new person can be a little scary especially if you are worried about other things as well. All our Clinical Psychologists who work with teenagers are really experienced at welcoming teens and making sure they feel comfortable. We really like it if parents can come along to the first session. You might stay for a little while or you might stay for the whole session. We like to ask questions about the family and about early childhood so it’s really helpful if you are there too. When your teen is ready to chat by themselves, we’ll ask you to relax in the waiting room with a magazine and then we’ll ask you to come back in at the end to talk about the next steps.
Is every session confidential?
Every session and all information communicated to your Psychologist is confidential unless we are worried about someone being at risk of harm or if there is a legal obligation for us to disclose information. When teenagers come into session we talk with them about privacy and about the things that are important to share with parents. We are your teenager’s advocate and we want the best for them. So that means that we will sometimes talk with parents on their behalf to help make that happen, and we focus on helping teenagers open up to parents.
Can I have sessions with my teenager to improve our relationship?
If your teenager would like to have sessions with you then we think that is a great idea. We regularly have sessions with teenagers and parents to help with communication, sharing ideas about steps for teenagers to develop independence and to help with arguments and grief.
My teenager isn’t ready for session. Can I come and talk to you first?
Yes, we often see parents by themselves to talk through parenting teens and how this is so different from parenting children. We help you to improve communication and connectedness and this can be all that’s needed for benefits.
Can I come and talk without my parents coming in?
We would really like to be able to see you and so individual sessions can definitely be arranged. We might talk with you about bringing in your parents when you are ready. Your wellbeing and safety is our priority.