Adolescents

 AdolescentsNavigating the journey from adolescence to adulthood can be difficult to say the least. Our psychologists and therapists have helped many young people in making this transition so we believe that whatever challenges your teenager is struggling with, we can help in the process.

Most teenagers experience a flood of changes during adolescents which can feel confronting and challenging. All of a sudden their bodies and society is classing them no longer as children, but not as adults either, often leaving them feeling misunderstood or isolated.

During this developmental period, teens are bombarded with physical, emotional and hormonal changes. Social dynamics may also shift, which may cause teens to face changes in the pressure and expectations from school and extracurricular activities. This period also may see change in family dynamics as adolescence strive for greater independence and autonomy, driving them to seek out support and guidance from peers rather than parents.

Typically as teens navigate this path, begin to learn who they are and gradually grow more comfortable with these changes, issues such as sibling rivalry, low mood, school performance problems and rebellious behaviour can emerge.

The teenage years are a period where we are typically at our most vulnerable in terms of knowing ourselves and having self-acceptance. For this reason, if prolonged distress is experienced, it can have a significant impact on a teen’s confidence, productivity, social and familial relationships, and development of self-identity. Through implementing therapeutic intervention and providing a confidential and safe place for your teen to express themselves and explore their concerns, we aim to support your adolescent in resolving difficulties using healthy strategies.

How do I know if my teenager would benefit from psychological intervention?

Seeking professional support may be helpful if you have concerns about your adolescent, including:

  • significant changes to behaviours or mood,
  • sleeping or eating patterns,
  • withdrawal from the family
  • performance at school
  • a perceived increase in reckless behaviour
  • withdrawal from activities that would usually be engaging for them.

Psychological intervention may be helpful especially if these changes are sudden.

Young people dealing with any of the following issues may benefit from seeing one of our therapists or psychologists:

  • Stress and anxiety
  • Depression and sadness
  • Grief
  • Study and organisational skill
  • Learning difficulties
  • Performance anxiety
  • Family issues
  • Peer relationships
  • Romantic relationships
  • Harassment and bullying
  • Body image and eating issues
  • Unhappiness or anger at home
  • Trauma and fears
  • Exploring identity

What can I expect from a therapy session?

Our therapists and psychologists at Attuned Psychology are experienced with working with adolescents and their families. We will aim to foster a comfortable, confidential and safe space for you or your adolescent to feel heard. We will strive to generate understanding and insight into current difficulties and to provide helpful tools and techniques relevant to individual concerns to assist in the individual creating positive change.