Adolescents & Young People

I see young people or adolescents with a range of issues related to their mood, work/school or relationships. I use a range of skills and therapeutic psychological approaches to create an open therapeutic space which allows a person to reflect on their situation, find ways to express or understand the things going on in their life and to identify and develop new useful skills. In my work with young people I adapt my work to use age appropriate language and ideas. If you are a parent of a young person I may encourage you to come to a first session if the young person would like you there, but at some point I would be looking to meet with the young person on their own. The sessions are confidential, so as a routine I do not speak to parents in between sessions, but there may be opportunity for parents to join us in later sessions if that is deemed helpful and in agreement with the young person. I am enhanced CRB checked.

Problems Treated

The problems experienced by young people are often similar to that of adults but there are key areas that often come up for young people such as:

  • Low self esteem
  • Body image problems
  • Trauma
  • Eating disorders
  • Self-harm
  • Mental illness
  • Examination stress
  • Low mood and anxiety
  • Family issues/dynamics
  • Substance misuse

Client Testimonials

All the following clients have given their consent to use their feedback:

“I was so worried about my daughter. Thank you so much for all your help. I’ve recommended you to all my friends”
Mrs B.T, Dulwich, London
Miss JA, Bromley

"I had seen a few psychologists before but Siobhan was by far the best. Made me feel very supported and comfortable. Was able to help me develop coping strategies that worked. Would recommend to anyone."

RML

Case Study

John

The following examples are real cases but the details and names have been changed to protect client's identity. The clients in these case studies have given their permission for this information to be used.

John was a 12 years old boy referred by his mum for anxiety and insomnia issues. He was diagnosed with dyslexia in primary school,and had experienced a difficulty in learning at secondary school along with some bullying. He was suffering with panic attacks and was becoming reluctant to go to school. In sessions I was able to explore with him ways to improve his sleep and manage his anxiety. In sessions he learnt to control his panic attacks with controlled breathing and mindfulness strategies. We explored in impact of bullying on his confidence and how to effectively deal with ongoing bullies. At the end of treatment he no longer feared going to school and developed some close and supportive friendships.

Case Study

Zoe

The following examples are real cases but the details and names have been changed to protect client's identity. The clients in these case studies have given their permission for this information to be used.

Zoe was 14 years old and a straight A* student. She had elements of perfectionism coupled with low self-esteem and had recently started self harming and engaging in inappropriate behaviour. Her grades were dropping and she was becoming more rebellious at home. Her mum would find her crying in her bedroom and the whole family were very worried about the changes in her behaviour. Her parents joined the first session. I went on to work with her to address her low self esteem and perfectionism. The therapy gave her the space to challenge unhelpful belief she had develop about her studies and own self view. She was gradually able to address long standing unhelpful beliefs, to stop destructive behaviours and get her studies back on track in a more balanced way.