Adolescence is a transition moment for young people where they leave their early childhood behind and enter into the world seeking autonomy and independence.
The physical, emotional and relational changes that teens face can at times be overwhelming for them and difficult to know how to best respond.
As parents we may worry about their choices and exposure to risk. We hope they grow into confident young adults. Counselling can support them to hear their concerns and find the courage to face their challenges.
HOW TEEN COUNSELLING CAN HELP YOUR ADOLESCENT
Wattleseed Centre WA provides a safe, age appropriate teen counselling service that allows young people to explore their worldview, identify their skills and strengths to respond to challenge in a positive way and better understand themselves.
It may still be difficult for your young person to articulate their exprerience therefore at Wattleseed Centre WA we offer Art Therapy to support them to express their emotions and find their own strategies to feel confident again.
REASONS FOR TEEN COUNSELLING
Wattleseed Centre WA can help your teen explore their experience with:
- Anger and Emotional Outbursts
- Parental Separation
- Blending Families
- Sadness and Loss
- Substance Misuse
- Sexual Abuse (not currently under investigation)
- School Attendance
- Low Confidence with Peers
- Fighting with Siblings
STEPS IN TEEN COUNSELLING
If your teen is under the age of 15 the first step in engaging your adolescent in counselling is for the parents to meet with the Counsellor without your teen present. You know your teen best and will therefore be asked for your hopes and concerns for your teen as well as their strengths. If your teen is over 15 they may be considered a mature minor and therefore able to attend without the parent session.
INITIAL TEEN SESSION
The second step if for the Counsellor to meet with your adolescent. Most young people quickly feel comfortable with Claire and commence counselling without their parent present.
ONGOING TEEN COUNSELLING
Your teen then continues individual counselling by themselves for as long as required. Sometimes young people invite others to join their therapy sessions in order to communicate directly, with support, their experiences, hopes and concerns.
If your teen is under 15 years of age they are informed that the Counsellor would like to provide feedback to the parents after every 4th and final session. It is important to note that if there is any immediate concern for your young person's safety and wellbeing the Counsellor will let you know straight away. Feedback is generally given over the phone and is a FREE service. A teen over the age of 15 may be considered a mature minor and therefore be provided more authority to feedback to their parents themselves.
It is important to note that you will be asked not to leave the centre as your young person may choose to end counselling at any time during the session. Bring a coffee and a book. All sessions listed above go for 50 minutes at the most.