How I Work
In my work with young people, I try to understand their world.
My aim is to remain open to them, to be attuned emotionally and to work with them to find the best pathway through this time of changes and challenges. As part of the process of therapy, I aim to help young people improve their communication and develop relationship skills which will help them make good choices and maintain their equilibrium in the face of life’s challenges.
With adolescents and young people, it is important to help them feel comfortable in opening up the space of reflection and emotional exploration – to find their voice and feel safe.
These are all qualities young people need to have and to nurture in themselves. To be all we can be, to have the confidence to explore and take risks as well as knowing when to protect ourselves and focus on the basics – these are skills which can be taught and nurtured in young people.
Adolescence and young adulthood can also be a time to explore different personas, different identities and different pathways.
Therapy can help to open up the space of emotional growth and development and provide a secure base for reflection and introspection. In working with young people I aim to improve confidence, help them develop good relationships and give them the strength to explore and have fun as well as take time out for introspection and self-exploration. It is about balance, including managing emotions and relationships. Adolescents (and to a lesser extent, young adults) still need their families, but they also need space to develop themselves and to live the lives they want. It is a time of testing self and others, exploring relationships and friendships, and making sure we look after ourselves within and throughout this process.