Is your teenager more stressed or angry than usual? Does it feel like they can’t talk to you anymore, or are they struggling with the pressures of being a teenager?
It can be tough being a teenager. If you’re looking at this information as a parent, think back to when you were a teenager. Adolescents are growing up in a much faster world than we did. The adolescent years can be some of the most stressful years of your life. Research says that up to 70 percent of adolescents are stressed. Without extra stressors, there are the normal ones such as pressures to perform at school, navigating relationships, being stuck between not being an adult and not being a child, fitting in with your peers, self-esteem, changing body, body image, social media, pimples, emotions that feel out of control, getting your driving licence, and the list goes on.
Is your teenager more stressed or angry than usual? Have you noticed that they have suddenly changed from that child you used to know and turned into this person you don’t know anymore? Did you get on really well with them previously, and now all they seem to do is argue or backchat? Are you worried about them being sexually active and not sure what to do?
Is your teenager sad, scared, frustrated, or shy, or on social media what seems like all of the time? For young people, it can feel like their emotions are spinning out of control, and their emotions might be getting in the way of their school work, or causing trouble in relationships.
As a parent of three young people (now all in their twenties), I know what it is like to worry about whether or not you are saying/doing the right thing. What is the right or wrong thing? How do you teach your adolescent child to make choices, and what if the choices they make are the wrong ones, or don’t align with your values? How do you teach your adolescent to problem solve when in your heart, all you want to do is make it right for them and take away their angst? What can you do if they have found themselves in tricky situations, or they are struggling with motivation, anxiety, worries, or their emotions seem to be running their lives to the point of causing harm to themselves or others?
I am guessing that as a parent you might be searching for some solutions to helping your teenager navigate her/his way through this life stage in the safest and least stressful way possible.
HOW I CAN HELP YOU AND YOUR TEENAGER
I have been working with young people and their parents/carers for over twenty years as a child and adolescent mental health specialist, supporting them with single and/or common issues or with more complex issues and extreme traumas.
I am able to provide practical, focused and individualised strategies for issues such as:
- Mood swings
- Out of control emotions
- Relationship difficulties
- Social confidence
- Problems with eating
- Panic attacks
- Social media
- Parental conflict
- Ethical Sexual behaviours
- Keeping safe
- Internet safety
- Negative body image
- Self-doubt and self-criticism
- Lack of confidence
- Isolating themselves
- Intense emotions
My approach focuses on developing proven effective skills for your teenager and you to cope with difficult and overwhelming emotions, and teaching them to feel calmer in the face of life’s difficulties. I can work with you and your teenager to help them:
- Stay calm in difficult situations
- Deal with anger and rage without losing it
- Reduce the intensity of emotions
- Effectively problem solve
- Increase their self-worth
- Find balance in their lives
If you feel that your teenager needs some extra support to develop some new strategies for dealing with the different issues or problems, you can consider going along with them to your GP to get a Better Access Mental Health Care Plan (based on eligibility) which is subsidised by Medicare. The plan will entitle your child to ten counselling sessions.
Sometimes you may only need support and advice on a short-term basis which I can offer via a few one-on-one in-person sessions, telephone or Skype. These services are not offered through the Medicare Mental Health Scheme, and do not require a referral from your GP.