“Adolesence represents an inner emotional upheaval, a struggle between the eternal human wish to cling to the past and the equally powerful wish to get on with the future”. ~ Louise J. Kaplan
Psychotherapy for adolescents uses all the same principles of adult therapy but is underpinned by strategies from developmental psychology.
Adolescents today face an ever-growing number of challenges and difficulties. From exams and deadlines to the lure of the internet, adolescents have all kinds of pressures to deal with. If left to spiral, these can result in them suffering from depression, stress-related conditions, low self-esteem, drug and alcohol abuse, eating disorders, and relational difficulties. Psychotherapy is often a very successful option for teens and adolescents who are not coping.
Psychotherapy with adolescents can be difficult when traditional talk therapy may serve as a barrier in communication. A great deal of resistance may exist when working with adolescents because of their internal and external developmental transition from child to adult. In order to combat this, I equip myself with a variety of creative techniques that promote both verbal and nonverbal expression in a way that is therapeutic rather than stigmatizing.
IF YOU HAVE AN ADOLESCENT WHO IS SHOWING SOME OF THESE TYPICAL SIGNS OF ADOLESCENT PSYCHOLOGICAL PROBLEMS, THEN PSYCHOTHERAPY COULD HELP:
- Difficulty in coping with daily life
- Excessive worrying
- Bullying or being bullied
- Extended period of depression and lethargy
- Noticeable changes in eating
- Disturbed sleeping patterns
- References to suicide or self-harm
- Apparent changes in personality
- Volatile mood
- Drug/alcohol misuse
- Pronounced demonstrations of aggression