Adolescence is a time of tremendous emotional upheaval for young people, and parents of adolescents can find themselves preoccupied with worry. Adolescents, by their nature, can be interested in risk taking behaviours, and in separating themselves from their families in ways which can feel drastic to their parents.
Adolescence is also a particularly crucial time for a child’s mental health – many people who report emotional and behavioural difficulties in later life state that the onset of these problems occurred during their adolescence. However, we also know that it can be very difficult for an adolescent to engage with therapeutic help, and so often parents of adolescents can feel ill-equipped to manage confusing or worrying behaviours in their teenage child, when the child is reluctant or unable to access help themselves.
At the Anchor Practice we offer an evidence-based, 6 session approach for parents of teenagers who feel they could use help in understanding and promoting good mental health for their adolescent child. The goal of the sessions is to enable parents of adolescents to address worrying behaviours and interactions, to foster appropriate boundaries and to help facilitate adolescent development.
This approach is particularly helpful when parents are concerned about the mental health of their adolescent child, but their child is unwilling to attend sessions for themselves. If you would like to know more about this approach, or would like to book an initial consultation, please contact us below.
If you are considering psychotherapy, you may wish to get in touch to discuss the current situation before arranging an initial appointment.