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Therapy for teenagers

If you’re a young adult, you’ll be going through a lot of physical and emotional changes right now. I know this as a therapist, but also as someone who’s been a mum to four teenagers.

You have a lot on your plate, don’t you? Parents, hormones, exams, decisions about whether to go to college or find a job. Then there’s the pressure from friends to do things you may not want or feel ready to do.  It can all get a bit ‘too much’, right?

You might feel confused about your gender, sexual identity or orientation, and this can lead to difficult or painful feelings. You might have thoughts or longings about living in a way that’s different to the way you ‘expected’ to want to live.

Or perhaps you feel totally comfortable with your gender and sexual identity, but you’re experiencing rejection from friends or family, and that’s upsetting you?

Sometimes these pressures can lead to you feeling stressed, anxious or even depressed. You might feel low in confidence, or develop issues around food or drugs. Or maybe you’ve even thought about self-harming or have suicidal thoughts?

If you feel suicidal, please don’t wait to speak to a therapist.  You can call emergency services on 999 or contact the Samaritans on 116 123 at any time, day or night.

Whatever you’re going through, please know you’re not alone. Even if you have ‘brain freeze’ and can’t put into words what you’re feeling right now, don’t let that put you off asking a therapist for help. We can work together to help you understand what’s going on and find ways to solve problems.

Any information you give me will be treated with respect and with confidentiality, except if I’m worried you’re a risk to yourself or others.

As we continue to work in therapy together, you’ll start to feel more in control of your emotions, more able to meet the challenges thrown at you, and you will start to enjoy life again.