Adolescence can be a confusing time and a time of tremendous change, both for young people and their parents or caregivers.
While every young person is unique, some common themes during this time include: experimenting with new identities; having new experiences around sexuality, relationships and friendships; engaging in risk-taking and exploration; and, seeking more independence and autonomy.
Young people can feel a tremendous amount of stress and anxiety when difficulties arise with family, school or friends. And, when they look forward to their uncertain futures this anxiety can multiply. All of this turmoil can generate fear and tension within the family and communication can be challenging.
I work with young people to help them befriend themselves with kindness and curiosity. Together we make sense of their behaviours, feelings, needs, wishes, strengths and abilities. We bring light to who they are and who they want to be, so that they can feel worthy, confident and empowered to make choices in their best interests.
Counselling can help youth dealing with depression, anxiety, aggression, low self-worth, suicidal ideation, trauma, parental separation, loss, and, struggles with school and learning challenges.
Parents and caregivers are an important part of young people’s life and counselling with youth will involve working with the family, as well.
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