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. 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.