Adolescent Individual Therapy

As with adults, I see teenagers for a wide range of difficulties, keeping in mind their specific needs and developmental challenges of separation, individuation and identity development – all important stages of teenage development which sometimes need to be worked through in therapy. Therapy like this can be very helpful for behavioural problems and parents often find that this not only helps their adolescent develop into a more satisfied adult, but also improves the parent-child relationship.

I see adolescents for, but not limited to, the following difficulties:

  • Depression and other mood disorders (Bipolar Mood Disorder for example.)
  • Anxiety and panic attacks
  • Diagnosable psychiatric conditions, such as schizophrenia and personality disorder traits
  • ADHD
  • Coping with divorce
  • Anger / aggression
  • Cutting and other forms of self-harm
  • Substance abuse
  • Panic attacks
  • PTSD / trauma
  • Bereavement and loss
  • Family and relationship difficulties
  • Physical, emotional, or sexual abuse
  • Self esteem
  • School refusal
  • Dissociation – feeling uncontrollably “spaced out”

I have seen how individual therapy can be a powerfully healing space for a young person to make sense of their developing self, enabling them to make decisions to positively impact their course of life.