Are you a teenager who is feeling stressed out, feeling down, anxious and not coping? Counselling for adolescents can help turn things around.
Teenage years can be a very stressful, confusing and difficult life period. With the combination of physical, sexual and brain changes, mood issues, education pressures and social challenges, it’s no wonder that many young people struggle to cope. Rates of depression and anxiety among teenagers have increased 70% in the last 25 years. There is also an increased onset of stress, trauma and relationship problems during adolescent years.
Possibilities UKCP registered psychotherapists are highly experienced specialist counsellors who work hard to provide the best counselling experience for young people and to obtain great results.
We offer an ‘initial consultation’ or ‘finding out’, pre-therapy ‘taster’ appointment because many young people are very self-conscious about their problems, often don’t know what might help and are reluctant to seek counselling. It is estimated that around 60% of teenagers with psychological problems do not receive appropriate help and this can cause havoc in their adult years. We appreciate young people’s reluctance to engage in therapy and make every effort to ensure the counselling provided is confidential, safe, supportive and effective.
Teenager counselling can help you overcome a wide range of problems and issues
Adolescent counselling can address the following concerns:
- Feeling overcome with stress, worry, and powerlessness.
- Feeling things are getting on top of you, with low mood, depression, sadness and you just “can’t be bothered”.
- Feeling tired, experiencing difficulty coping with daily life and getting motivated.
- Feeling lonely and isolated.
- Having difficulty adjusting to life events or changes.
- Experiencing anxiety, feeling panicky and worrying a lot, troubled with uncertainty and self-doubt.
- Struggling to be around other people in social situations and to socialise with others.
- Having scary thoughts and feelings.
- Issues with self-esteem, self-worth and confidence.
- Over-concerned with perfectionism and your self-worth tied up with high achievement.
- Feeling life is meaningless and there is no point because the future is ruined and the planet is doomed.
- Worrying about feeling driven to do certain things in certain ways and worrying that something bad may happen if you don’t.
- Angry outbursts and mood swings.
- Dealing with traumatic experiences, grief and loss, abuse and bullying.
- Adjusting to family problems and issues, such as difficult relationships with parents and siblings, parental divorce and separation.
- Support and adjustment to medical diagnoses and disabilities.
- Worries about your health and experiencing unexplained medical problems.
- Struggling with relationship problems and complicated ‘friends’ situations.
- Problems with identity and sexuality.
- Issues around food and eating and how you feel about your body.
- Trouble sleeping.
If you don’t see your concern listed above, please get in touch anyway because our therapists can help you with much more than what is listed.
What are the benefits of teenage counselling?
Talking to someone who doesn’t judge you can be a great relief as it can:
- Reduce your distress and help you feel more in control and purposeful.
- Help you understand why problems have emerged and what to do about them.
- Offer you new skills for dealing with problems and anxieties.
- Provide new ways of coping with your mood.
- Help you develop better relationships with yourself and others.
- Improve your confidence and self-worth.
- Build on your strengths and abilities.
- Help create a more secure base from which to launch yourself into adulthood.
What age range does teenage counselling cover?
Teenager counselling covers early, mid and late adolescence, from secondary school upwards into early adulthood (12-19 years old).
(We also offer counselling support for younger children from 5-12 years old, please see the Child therapy page.)
Does counselling for teenagers work?
Talking with someone who really listens and won’t judge is often a great relief and very helpful but not always easy. We don’t just listen, we also help you develop better ways of coping.
How long do the meetings last?
The initial meeting and subsequent meetings will last up to 50 minutes. We will try to offer you sessions at times that suit you best. Most young people meet with us for 6 to 12 sessions. It can be more or less, if you need it.
Is adolescent counselling/psychotherapy confidential?
Confidentiality is vitally important to the success of the therapy at Possibilities. We are professionally bound by confidentiality and require the young person’s express permission to discuss any aspects of their therapy with a parent or anyone else.
The only exception to this is if we are worried the young person may seriously hurt themselves or someone else and when we are told that someone is hurting the young person or someone else. In these situations we will always try to talk with the young person first and to support them.
Information for parents of teenagers and young people
If you’re the parent of a teenager who is struggling, we’re happy to discuss your worries without the teenager present. If you feel you need further support, we also offer counselling for parents.
If a young person is attending our service and you would like to meet with the therapist, please note that, because of confidentiality, we cannot talk to you about anything the young person has told us without the young person’s specific prior permission.
Alternatively, both young people and their parents can meet with us to consider issues together. We would usually only consider this as an option if the young person is willing to go ahead. For more information, please see our family therapy service.
Allow us to reassure you that professional help is at hand. We offer services that aim to reduce the fear and uncertainty about getting help. Arrange an initial consultation ‘taster’ sessions to discuss your needs, in privacy and comfort, to obtain a sense of how we help and for if this is the right direction for you.
And the day came when the risk (it took) to remain tight in the bud was more painful than the risk it took to blossom.
What our previous clients have said
I experienced severe trauma and developed a Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder which meant I wasn’t coping well with day to day life. With CBT Therapy at Possibilities, I’ve made a number of positive changes. It was a struggle at times but my psychotherapist helped me feel safe and capable as we worked through things. I’m now back at work and my confidence is growing. I have a life again. I’m so glad I took that scary first step and called. If you’re feeling unsure, I highly recommend you call them too.
– JT, Aberdeenshire: Trauma Counselling Aberdeen.
I thought my life wasn’t worth living. My depression convinced me I was worthless and useless and my situation was hopeless. If you’re feeling something similar, go to Possibilities. They made an enormous difference to my life and they can do the same for you.
– AD, Aberdeen: Cognitive Behavioural Psychotherapy for Depression.
My relationship with my partner has vastly improved. We’re more able to communicate and we’re spending more time together and having fun! I can’t believe we were on the verge of separating when we contacted Possibilities as a last resort. I can’t thank them enough.
– SMcM, Aberdeenshire: Couples Counselling Aberdeen.
Possibilities was outstanding. I’ve overcome my anxiety and have the tools to keep it at bay should I need them in the future.
– MK, Aberdeen: CBT Therapy for Anxiety.
Although the world is full of suffering, it is also full of overcoming it.