Teen Counselling & Coaching

We can help teens work through their problems so they can make good decisions while discovering their own identity.

We Offer Both Coaching and Counselling For Adolescents and Young Adults

Being a teenager is a busy, exciting and often stressful time, for teenagers and their families. There is a lot of neurobiological change happening in their brains and their bodies alongside the pressure of navigating school, exams and relationships.

Given all the changes that they are experiencing it is no wonder that many adolescents may struggle with anxiety and low mood at this stage in their lives.

Our Approach

We can help teenagers recognise and articulate their emotions and communicate more effectively with the adults in their lives.  We strive to validate their feelings through coaching or counselling and help them develop healthy and positive ways of channeling their emotions. This leads towards a better understanding of themselves, their relationships and their established patterns of behaviour.

How We Work

If you are a self-referring young adult, please refer to our adult counselling and coaching services. 

We prefer to work with both parents/carers and the young person but this will depend on the client and the issues they bring. In some cases it may be appropriate to work only with the young person, but in other cases we find involving the parents/carers in the therapy process to be most beneficial. We will discuss which approach is most suitable for the young person in the initial meeting.  

Step 1 Initial Enquiry

Parent/young person contacts TeenMatters via the enquiry form.

Step 2 Information Sharing

There is an email information sharing exchange between therapist and parent/client to assess suitability for step 3. 

Step 3Parent Consultation (face-to-face or online via Zoom)

If the parent is seeking help for their young person we find it is most beneficial to have a session with the parent first.  This is to explore the issues the young person is facing from the parent’s perspective, before we meet the young person for an assessment session.

This consultation session costs £100 and lasts 50 minutes covering the issues the young person is struggling with, family history, TeenMatters approach and the parental role in the therapy process. Therapist and parent agree whether parenting support, therapy for the young person or a combination of both is the best way forward.

*If a young person age 18+ seeks help directly this step may be omitted. 

Step 4Young Person Assessment Session (face-to-face or online via Zoom)

The assessment session with the young person costs £100 and lasts 50 minutes.  This session will explore the young person’s issues in more depth and their psychological readiness for therapy, as well as chemistry with the therapist.  Therapist, parent and young person agree if they are ready for step 5.

Step 5Therapist and Client Contract for an initial half-term block of sessions

We offer the young person a weekly therapy slot on a half termly basis.  These sessions cost £80 and are payable in advance of the first session, usually in half term blocks.  This secures the slot in the therapist and young person’s diary for the half term and gives clarity and commitment to the work on both sides.  Parent coaching may also be part of this process. 

Step 6Review Half Termly (and agree ending or recontract)

This is with parent and young person (separately or together), in week 4 of therapy; we agree to recontract for more sessions or end the therapy at the end of the half term.  Evaluation form is sent out to parent and young person at the end of therapy.

We believe that the relationship with a parent or trusted adult is a key protective factor for the mental health and well-being of a young person. This is especially true in the earlier stages of adolescence. It is for this reason that with this age group, we prefer to work with both the parent and the young person, as we think it is likely to have the best short and long-term outcomes. Our aim is to develop enhanced levels of understanding, awareness and communication with both parties, thereby increasing levels of trust, mutual respect and harmony. 

Our aim is to only take as long as is needed. Using the above approach a typical arrangement with TeenMatters is likely to be a minimum of 6 sessions and tends not to exceed 6 months.  

We prefer to contract in half termly blocks which helps build strong commitment to the work.

Our approach is based on the work of Guy Diamond and his well validated framework for working with adolescents – Attachment- Based Family Therapy for Depressed Adolescents ( ABFT).   

 We Can Help With These

Common Teenage Problems

Stress and Anxiety

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Depression

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Living Independently

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Self-Confidence

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School and Academic Issues

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Relationship Issues

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Self Harming

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Trauma

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Bereavement and Loss

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Anger Problems

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Body Image & Eating Disorders

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Identity Struggles

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Issues Around Boundaries

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Further Education & Career Choices

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Divorced Parents

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OCD and Phobias

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Living With Addiction or Illness (Self or Parent)

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Teen Therapy Activities

Counselling – We strive to validate feelings teens and young adults may experience and help them develop healthy and positive ways of channelling their behaviour.

We aim to raise their levels of self-awareness and understanding of what is going on in their lives, giving them more choice about how they deal with people and situations.

Coaching – Sometimes teenagers lose their direction and motivation in relation to their school work, further education or career choices.

We can help them set goals and keep them on track and work with them on things that may be getting in the way such as low self esteem.

What Our Clients Are Saying

I thank you, Liz, more than I can say, for making my daughter laugh so much more, & cope with all they, the young, are having to deal with, so ably and with such a positive outlook. She is helping our youngest so much too. You really have worked miracles, and I watched it happen, during lockdown, almost weekly, after each session there was an incremental improvement…”

“We would like to thank Missy for her help with our son’s anxiety. Missy really took the time to get to know our son and he felt very comfortable talking to her even over Zoom.

My daughter is responding so well to your sessions, we see a definite positive difference in her and she’s trying so hard to get better. We don’t expect her to get better overnight but she has come a huge way in the last few weeks.  The fact that she has sat her assessments at school and is trying martial arts tonight is a massive step forward.”

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