For a lot of young people I see, it is usually their family who have suggested they look for some help. It can then feel all the more stressful when they come to meet me- not really knowing where to start and feeling pressure to sort things out.
Like with all my clients, I promise to treat you as an equal, to never patronise or talk down to you, or make you feel alienated and confused by speaking in technical terms you might not understand.
Our therapy together will be relaxed, straightforward and help you unravel whatever is at the core of your feelings. I have worked with lots of young people who come to discuss things like academic stress, relationships, loneliness, self-esteem, self-confidence, shyness, identity, family difficulties, mood swings, sexuality, drugs and alcohol, anxiety, depression, feeling like they have no direction and self-harm.
Unsurprisingly one of the key themes I find working with young people is that they don’t feel listened to or taken seriously. Within the sessions I encourage you to speak freely about anything you want. It might seem scary and embarrassing at first but opening up can provide a massive feeling of release.
Sadly I still see that there is a bit of a stigma around ‘mental health’ and that some people are afraid to ask for help in case they get labelled. We all have mental health just like we have physical health, and going through a tough period doesn’t mean you are labelled for life. I personally view therapy as a healthy and positive investment in personal development. Much in the same way people work out if they want to keep their bodies fit and well, why not treat your mind to the same level of care?
Feel free to get in touch with me through my contact page or call/text me on 07545 339 175. I charge a lower fee for students/ young people and keep this at £30 per 50-minute session.