Our teenage years can be both enjoyable and challenging as we transition to adulthood. Complex emotions, relationship issues, sexuality, stress and anxiety all accompany this period of transformation. Friends and family can be a great support, but there are times when this is not enough and counselling is needed.
Youth counselling provides teenagers with opportunities to discuss issues they are struggling with and work with a skilled and impartial practitioner, to address problems at home, with friends, in the community, at school, college or work.
The Wellbeing Academy youth counsellors are skilled and experienced in dealing with a variety of issues helping young people better understand their thoughts, feelings and emotions, and find ways to cope with the ups and downs of life. Our counsellors are trained to listen and will try to understand the world from our client’s point of view. They are a trusted adult, someone impartial and neutral, they are non-judgmental and client-focused.
Some young people only need a few counselling sessions to resolve their issues; others require an extended duration. Each young person has the opportunity to meet with their counsellor to find out if counselling is right for them. They can ask questions and see how they feel. Counselling is voluntary, and although young people are often encouraged to go along by an adult, they are never forced to attend.
Each counselling session lasts around 50 minutes. Weekly meetings are set up initially, and after six weeks, a decision is made to either end counselling or continue for another six weeks. Future appointments may continue to be weekly or fortnightly as therapy approaches an ending.
All of our client’s thoughts and feelings are private to them, and the counsellor will not share them with anyone. The counsellor can, however, speak to any adult on behalf of a young person if necessary.
If the counsellor told that they or another child or young person is in danger or at risk, that they intend to harm someone or they know someone at risk, then action will be taken to help or resolve the situation.
Issues that are appropriate for youth counselling are:
Bullying, anxiety, low mood, anger, grief, exam stress, parent separation, sexuality, gender, identity, loneliness, developmental trauma, abuse (of any kind), attachment disorders.
Initial parent meeting - £20 for half an hour
Youth Counselling sessions - £40 for 50 mins
Review meetings - £20 for half an hour