Since 2008, I have been providing support to teens in educational, NHS and residential care settings. During this time,I have gathered a variety of tools to support young people ranging from Cognitive Behavioural coaching to offering more creative play tools. I often support those who are waiting on a CAMHS waiting list or their problems are not considered severe enough. Sometimes CAMHS approach me directly or I work in a triage with a psychiatrist and a GP to offer a wrap around approach.
Have you noticed or are concerned about any of the following about your teenager?
Are they :
Typical issues might be:
Just as with adults, my aim is to offer a safe space for young people to voice or express feelings. Unlike adults, it is not always easy to express these feelings in an articulate way so I offer a variety of creative methods too to access these feelings. This could be using creative tools such as sand tray, craft, painting and games.
I will always involve a carer/parent at the beginning and end of the process. If the issue is of relationship with a parent, then I sometimes suggest parent and child sessions to be integrated into the process. I am a practitioner in a form of attachment support to parents and their children named Dyadic Developmental Psychotherapy and currently working towards full practitioner status. I am also Theraplay Level one trained. Both of these tools support parents to form improved connections and offer both supportive and practical tools to create this.