The tween (10-12) and teen years (13- 19) are riddled with change and can bring confusion, self-doubt, anxiety, stress and social challenges. But also growth and opportunity. Helping this age group build their resilience as they navigate major change is key. I understand it is absolutely necessary to meet them where they are, be approachable and appreciate their interests, concerns and strengths.
Parent's role in the process
I believe parents need to understand the process and challenges to establish a trusting relationship and provide the best support to their tweens/teens. Keeping this in mind, frequently the parent/s are brought into some sessions but this is only with the permission of the tween/teen. It is usually following individual work with the client; having established rapport, trust and respecting confidentiality.
Changes can overwhelm us at any point in our life which is why I choose to work with adults- from young to old. I counsel people experiencing a range of issues but my focus tends to be on tough experiences of change and the stuff that comes up as a result.
Working one on one gives you the time and space to decide what you want to work on. The process can help you understand the experience, your feelings and losses. It can help you see how the change/s is shifting your relationships and the way you view and experience life. It can help you access and build upon your strengths, gain acceptance and ways of coping and discover a new sense of self.
At times it may be necessary to bring partners or family members into the counselling process. This is done only with the permission of the client.
I work with both men and women but I have a special interest and experience in working on women's issues.