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. 

Our approach when working with the individual: 

  • Step 1 – An initial meeting with both a parents/carers and young person
  • Step 2 – Meeting the young person on their own (likely to be approx 3-12 sessions)
  • Step 3 – Reviewing with the young person and parents/carers when helpful


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 approach when working with the individual and parents/carers: 

  • Step 1 – An initial meeting with both a parents/carers and young person
  • Step 2 – Meeting the young person on their own (likely to be approx 2-4 sessions)
  • Step 3 – Meeting the parents/carers on their own (likely to be approx 1-3 sessions)
  • Step 4 – Meeting the young person & parents/carers (likely to be 1-2 sessions) 
  • Step 5 – A combination of individual & joint sessions exploring strategies moving forward (likely to be approx 1-6 sessions)

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 15 sessions ( ie 2-4 months).  

We prefer to contract for 3 sessions at a time 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.

Yoga and Mindfulness – We also offer teen yoga and mindfulness sessions for adolsecents: practices that are proven to help anxiety, build self esteem, regulate their mood, increase self-confidence and help with other issues they may be facing.

 

Contact Us

To request a call, ask a question or book an appointment, please fill in your details.

We will call you back within 2 working days.

TeenMatters, 11 Ailsa Road, Twickenham, London TW1 1QT

hello@teenmatters.co.uk