Young People Issues

Being young can come with many difficulties especially when its to do with mental health and stress. Life’s complicated. Here are a few issues that you probably deal with in daily life:

  • Family changes (e.g parents separating, new step-parents, living away from home)
  •  Stress at school or at work (e.g exams, deadlines, balancing school and work, leaving school, career options
  • Pressure from friends, family, teachers and others to act a certain way or do particular things
  • Life changes (e.g moving house/town, changing schools, homelessness, illness of a loved one)
  • Family or relationship problems (e.g arguments with parents, siblings, friends, significant other)
  • Bullying or harassment from peers, work colleagues or others
  • Alcohol and drug use
  • Body image
  • Personal safety and violence
  • Sexuality (sexual identity and coming out)
  • Becoming pregnant
  • Abuse (e.g physical, verbal and sexual)
  • Money (e.g debt, mobile phone bills, budgeting)
  • Physical Health (e.g chronic illness, disabilities)
  • Feeling isolated or lonely
  • Depression and anxiety

How to deal with it

Don’t be afraid to talk about your problems with a counsellor, someone you can trust and can help you release your emotions, put things into perspective and find solutions.

Look after yourself, it’s so important to take care of yourself by eating healthily, doing regular exercise, getting enough sleep and taking the time out to relax and do things you enjoy.

Being organised and perhaps developing a plan, which is best for if things seem out of control, listing all the things you can do. Having a plan can reduce stress and give you some goals to work towards.

Get help, the most important thing you can do to help yourself is get help. There are many times in life when you can’t solve your problems alone and you need extra help. That’s ok, reach out and talk to a professional, who can help you through it and overcome whatever you’re experiencing.

By talking to an experienced counsellor, you can explore your feelings in a safe, confidential environment and start to resolve the problems you’re encountering.

What to expect

Talking to a family member or teacher about your thoughts and feelings can be difficult or embarrassing, which is why it’s often helpful to speak to somebody independent. Its always a benefit when you talk to someone that is away from home and school life, it can take away a lot of pressure. My counselling services for children and teenagers offer a chance for you to feel supported as you talk, without being judged.

It will enable you to find your own solutions or a new way of looking at different scenarios. I will listen to you and support you in finding a way forward that feelings right for you.

Your first session is a chance for us to get to know each other, and for you to decide whether you want to proceed with counselling. Being able to commit to a series of sessions – normally at least six – is a crucial part of effective therapy, so you should be prepared to attend regularly. In the sessions you can express yourself through talking, play, art or other ways – whatever feels comfortable.

I will get an idea of eating patterns, sleep , support network, life styles. Look for a small achievable goal to help my client move forward using all my skills, expertise and experience to achieve this. I also talk through what works for one person doesn’t work for another and making sure the client feels that they are able to achieve their own goals within their own ability.

Benefits of young people counselling

Counselling can help you cope with everyday worries, such as exam stress, relationship issues with friends, family members etc. It can also help with self-harm concerns, grief, depression and anxiety and learning difficulties.

Realistically if something is upsetting you or someone you care about, however minor it may feel it is, its important to get reach out, know that there’s help available.

I will do what I can to ensure that we work through your problems together,


All information that you choose to disclose will be treated in the strictest confidence, which means parents and teachers cannot access it. However, under the Children’s Act, 1989, counsellors are required to report child protection concerns to social services. If it’s necessary for me to pass on any confidential information, I will, wherever possible, only to do so with your consent.

For more information about my counselling services for teenagers and children, or to book an appointment, contact me on 07510 495791 or email

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