The transition from childhood into becoming a young adult can be a fraught one for many of our young people. At a time of personal upheaval with hormonal and bodily changes occurring they may also be faced with a number of other challenging issues including:
Difficult family and step-family relationships
Family break-ups and divorce
Relationships with peers
Emotional problems including anxiety and panic attacks
Behavioural problems including anger issues
Gender identity and sexual issues
Transitions to Secondary School and University
Working with young people
I have experience of working with young people both in a secondary school setting and in my private practice. Often I see young people for a shorter number of sessions than I would my adult clients: a brief therapy engagement – with space to share concerns and fears – is often enough to help a young person get back to managing their life more successfully.
For those clients under 16, I would expect to have some involvement with parents/carers whilst managing the issue of confidentiality and privacy for the young person.