emotional support for young people
I offer 1:1 online counselling for adolescents aged 13-19 who need some emotional support.
I have a great deal of experience of working with young people who go to independent day school or are weekly boarders, as well as children in inner city schools.
I have a special interest in the emotional well-being of young people who identify as HSP (highly sensitive) and/or exceptionally or profoundly gifted (EPG), and those who have creative interests.
There is plenty of mental health advice out there, but when it comes to young people, there isn’t a one-size-fits-all approach to emotional support.
I am a qualified psychotherapist and youth counsellor, and I specialise in working with gifted and talented adolescents. I offer a bespoke service that takes the needs of you and your family into consideration.
Giftedness can bring very specific challenges for young people, both socially and academically, and can often lead to mental health issues without the right support.
Being on the gifted and talented register is a special educational need, yet adequate provision is not always being made for these students.
Exceptionally capable children often seem to manage well, but underneath the surface they may struggle to organise and process their emotional experience.
Managing their weekly timetable, workload and extra-curricular activities can become a constant strain that means that there is little time to switch off and relax.
Young people who are highly sensitive (HSP) may suffer from cognitive overload at school and fare less well in a noisy, crowded environment.
You many have noticed a recent change in mood or behaviour in your adolescent child, and you are finding it difficult to reach them in order to find out what is troubling them.
For example, teens can have disruptions in eating and sleeping, may be unable to concentrate, may become clingy or anxious, tearful, withdrawn or have angry outbursts.
It may be the case that your child doesn't want to worry you with their problems, or perhaps they aren't fully aware of what is going on for them in a way that feels possible to articulate.
It can sometimes be easier for teenagers to talk about their emotional experience in confidence with someone outside of the family.
If you would like to find out more about how I could help your child, please get in touch and I will be happy to discuss possible solutions.
how I work
I offer bespoke counselling for young people online via Zoom, following an initial consultation with parents where we discuss your child's current situation, family background, and any significant events that have led up to this point.
May way of working is relational and conversation-based. My aim is to meet the young person where they are at and build a safe and trusting relationship with them. I allow the young person to tell me, at their own pace, about themselves and their day to day experiences.
I use various arts-based methods in my work, such as drawing, online sandtray, and other creative exercises that help explore thoughts and feelings in a supportive way. Furthermore, we may use storytelling, drama or puppetry. You can read more here.
Part of the work together will be about finding practical ways in which the young person can manage their daily schedule while supporting their emotional well-being in between therapy sessions.
We may use bodywork, such as gentle stretching or breathing exercises to calm the body and deal with anxiety and stress. This is part of 'resourcing' the young person with activities that they can also do themselves.
If appropriate, I may explain some psychological theory (also known as psycho-education) to help the young person understand issues around mental health, for example, how their brain and nervous system respond to stressful or upsetting events.
The work with the young person is confidential, with some exceptions in relation to safeguarding. I will explain this to you in detail during the parental consultation.
Here are some areas that I commonly work with:
Changes to family set up
Dealing with a big life event
Grief & Loss
Impact of Separation or Divorce
Mental health issues
Online – social media
Parent Child Relationship
Reluctance to go to school