Open Mind Therapy provides one to one counselling for adolescents from 16 years old. When teens are going through a difficult time, such as family troubles or problems in school, talking to a counsellor will support them through this difficult time. They discover inner strengths and learn different techniques to help deal with stress and anxiety.
Annmarie covers a wide range of issues such as bullying, cyberbullying, social anxiety, self-harm, eating disorders and sexual orientation. Many adolescents are in therapy to gain greater insight into the way they think, feel and act. Annmarie incorporates psycho-education into her work. This provides an educational experience.
Therapy can play an essential part in the development of today's teens and equip them with better coping skills and deeper understanding of themselves as they move into adulthood. At the beginning, therapy sessions are focused on discussing what you’d like to work on and setting goals.
For example, some of the goals may include:
- Improving self-esteem and gaining confidence
- Feeling less anxious and depressed
- Learning new coping skills and making healthier choices
In the first session the counsellor will meet one or both parents for 10-20 minutes. Parents may find this helpful to share views and concerns. Alternatively, the adolescent may prefer to attend the first session without their parents. Parents may bring adolescent to the session to sign consent forms as confidentiality is important for adolescents. Depending on the individual circumstances, family therapy may be suggested at a later date.