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Individual Therapy - Adolescents

Adolescence is a time of great change and adjustment. There are many challenges for young people to manage, such as:

  • more sophisticated social relationships,
  • academic skills and pressure,
  • changing relationships with parents as the young person develops increased independence,
  • identity development and self-awareness of own competencies and values,
  • brain changes that affect emotion-regulation skills and impulsive behaviours,
  • physical development and sexuality,
  • and a greater presence in the community and self-concept within society.

Some of these challenges and tasks of adolescence can be difficult to navigate alone. Having strong positive supports can assist the young person to manage these transitions in healthy ways. Change and adjustment is stressful, and this can sometimes result in 'overload' that shows itself in anxiety, depression, anger, harmful behaviours, social isolation and low self-esteem. If you are feeling 'overloaded' by the challenges you face, it is a good idea to get some extra help along the way.

I usually recommend you try your school counsellor first, if you feel comfortable with them. They are also bound by confidentiality rules. Always ask the school counsellor what is and what isn't confidential (or private) in your sessions. School counsellors also have a duty of care to make sure you are safe, if they are worried about you.

Seeing a psychologist can provide you with the confidential support you need to discuss and problem solve issues, to learn new skills to manage difficult feelings, sleep & eating problems, stress, unhelpful thinking patterns/ worries, relationships/ social issues, motivation/ study skills and self-esteem struggles, and many other things. It is important that you feel comfortable and at ease with the psychologist, understand the limitations of confidentiality (see individual therapy section), and find a space where you can express yourself safely. I recommend that you first 'try them out' - you could check out the website, call them on the phone for a chat first, or book in for 1 session initially and then go away and think about how you felt about the session and the psychologist.