Around 15% of adolescents develop significant symptoms of anxiety and depression. It takes a psychologist who not only has the right
personality, but has the training and skills to communicate well with this group to be able to engage their client in a treatment program.
Adolescents go through a period of physical, mental, emotional and behavior change that can often be difficult for individuals and those around them.Our psychologists will involve parents when possible or necessary. Often communication with school counselors and teachers is a necessary part of treatment.
ACT, Mindfulness, Cognitive Behavior Therapy (CBT) and other evidence based approaches are used to treat a range of age and stage and/or mental health problems in adolescents/teenagers. Individual treatment programs are designed based on the following principles.
- Providing the teenager with an understanding of their particular difficulties through psycho-education
- Providing the teenager with therapy and coping strategies in the form of a treatment program
- Assisting the teenager to address unhelpful thoughts and behaviours that are contributing to his or her particular difficulties
- Parental involvement at the teenager’s discretion.
Difficulties that are most commonly treated in adolescents or teenagers include:
- Anxiety, Worries and Fears, PTSD
- Internet gaming addiction
- Self Harm
- Eating disorders
- Oppositional Behaviour
- Social Anxiety or social withdrawal
- Blended family issues
- Perfectionism and high anxiety
- School refusal
- Obsessive behaviour
- Substance Abuse
- Internet addiction
- Low self esteem, difficulties with body image
- Obsessive Compulsive Disorder
The following psychologists work with teenagers, and many of them have previously worked in Child and Adolescent Mental Health Services (CAMHS).
Dr Remy McCubbin (over 16)
At our Westbourne Park Psychology practice, located on Goodwood Road, the psychologists to see are: