Counselling / psychotherapy with adolescents.

Adolescence refers to the ages between 13 and 24 years including the teenage period and young adulthood. These life stages are unique in terms of the challenges faced and the amount of change taking place. In teenage years it is not unusual for young people to struggle with self-esteem, anxiety and fitting in with their peers. These struggles can result in adolescents making unhealthy life choices which can cause both themselves and their family’s distress.
Later adolescence, or emerging adulthood, can present a different but equally challenging series of obstacles. The structure of education and peer support can fall away leaving uncertainty and vulnerability. It can be difficult to find and establish a place in the world.
In our own lives, and as therapists, we have walked this road many times and understand the specific challenges of adolescent life stages. We have specialist training in adolescent psychotherapy, and years of experience working with this age group (13-24). We are also passionate about supporting young people and helping them make good decisions for themselves. Our work with young people can include work with parents to help facilitate adolescent development.

We have experience working with.

  • Anxiety disorders
  • School refusal
  • Peer and relationship difficulties
  • Disordered eating
  • Risk taking behaviour
  • Self esteem
  • Sexuality
  • Self-Harm
  • Suicide Ideation
Counselling

FAQ

What is the difference between counselling and psychotherapy?

The term counselling refers to working on specific issues or life events such as bereavement or family separation and tends to be short term. Psychotherapy tends to look at how past experiences can shape thought and behaviour patterns and contribute to present day difficulties. In practice, both types of therapy generally overlap.

How long are sessions and what is the cost?

Sessions are approximately one hour in duration and cost €60.

We also provide low cost therapy to students and low-income earners, however there is a high demand for these sessions, so availability is limited.

How do I choose a therapist?

Our practise is open 6 days a week, our therapists are available morning, afternoon and evening. Caroline and Jennifer are specialist adult and adolescent psychotherapists and have a similar therapeutic background. We work alternative hours to accommodate as many clients as possible.

Do parents attend with their adolescents?

We ask that where possible both parents attend with their adolescent for the first meeting to facilitate a brief assessment. This also allows the parents and the adolescent to get a sense of the therapist. Therapy with adolescents is on a one to one basis with parental sessions scheduled when required.