Therapy for young adults (12-18)

The problem is the problem; the person is not the problem.

Learning to recognise your feelings and speak them to others is a key life skill for children
Can we talk about this? Nope!

This young generation is learning to live in a world that is volatile, unpredictable, complex and ambiguous. It is a challenge to find and hold your emerging identity and position in these circumstances. The amount of external pressure in the form of messages, images, advertising, and exposure to the adult world can feel immense at times.

Young people can lack simplicity in their lives. Simplicity allows for space between things, between events and activities, between people. Space or a psychic void is necessary to discover your own self and your own responses to the world around you.

Too much external stimulation hampers the emergence of the self as a distinct and uniquely creative entity. Self-doubt, anxiety, anger, frustration, isolation and disconnection are some of the states that can arise as responses to a lack of space for self to emerge. In turn, these responses can lead to secondary problems such as difficulties with peers, conflict with family and disengagement from school.

A space in which to discover yourself, free from those pressures, is a gift for life, because your resources and preferences- who you really are- will always be the best guiding principles for you.

For young adults, the medium of therapy is less important than ensuring that they make conscious choices about what they opt for. Empowerment and self-knowledge are aspects of self that need especial encouragement and support during adolescence.

For young people then, aims of therapy can include:

  • developing ways to cope with current concerns.
  • developing a language to describe your inner world that you can communicate to others.
  • fostering self-trust so you can really use and rely on your own judgement.
  • nurturing your in-born talents for creativity, resilience, and optimism.

Sessions can take place indoors or outside in the garden or park; art materials can be used, and always there is an emphasis on finding creative ways to look at issues and experience insight and healing. Sessions can be scheduled regularly or on an ad hoc basis.

Cost: £100 per 50 minute session; £50 concessionary rate

Be yourself. Everyone else is already taken!

Oscar Wilde

Young person’s therapy session

50 minutes in person, on the telephone or online.


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