Robyn Saffer
 Robyn Saffer  

Young People

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.

 

Initial Assessments

When a young person is under 18, a parent/guardian will usually make the initial contact.  I will meet with the parent/s for an initial session to discuss their concerns about their child and to ask some general questions.

I will then meet with the young person for between 1-3 sessions to assess whether I am the right person to support them.  Usually parents will bring their child to the first session and stay for a few minutes to introduce us.  Subsequent sessions will be attended by the young person only, if this feels comfortable for the young person.

Following this assessment period, I will discuss with the parents and young person how best to proceed.  Sometimes I might refer the young person onto another therapist or service which I think will be more beneficial.

I will give the parents a contract outlining the practical arrangements of the sessions. 

I will give the client (young person) a separate therapeutic contract outlining both the practical arrangements and the confidentiality boundaries.