During Adolescence, young people’s bodies and brains go through enormous changes. Often parents and adolescents report that their relationships with each other go through a period of change. Sometimes adolescents may feel overwhelmed by these changes and their emotions.
Talking to a qualified adult who is not involved in an adolescent’s daily life can benefit their mental health and help them to understand their emotions.
When a young person is under 18, a parent/guardian will usually make the initial contact. Robyn will meet with the parent/s for an initial session to discuss their concerns about their child and to ask some general questions.
She will then meet with the young person for between 1-3 sessions to assess whether she is the right person to support them. Usually parents will bring their child to the first session and stay for a few minutes. Subsequent sessions will be attended by the young person only, if this feels comfortable for the young person.
Following this assessment period, Robyn will discuss with the parents and young person how best to proceed. Sometimes she might refer the young person onto another therapist or service which she thinks will be more beneficial.
She will give the parents a contract outlining the practical arrangements of the sessions.
She will give the client (young person) a separate therapeutic contract outlining both the practical arrangements and the confidentiality boundaries.