Adolescents

Adolescent PsychologyAdolescent Psychologist

An adolescent psychologist needs not only the right personality, but also the training and skills to communicate well with this group to be able to engage adolescent clients in a treatment program. Around 15% of adolescents develop significant symptoms of anxiety and depression, so it is important that this group are able to see a psychologist to whom they can relate.

 

Adolescent Psychology

Adolescents go through a period of physical, mental, emotional and behavior change that can often be difficult for them and those around them. Our psychologists will involve parents when possible or necessary to facilitate positive relationships or to include parents in the therapeutic process. Often, communication with school counselors and teachers is a necessary part of treatment, although this will be discussed with parents before proceeding.Adolescent

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Treatment

Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (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:

  • Moods
  • Anxiety, worries and fears, including PTSD
  • Depression
  • Self-harm
  • Eating disorders
  • Oppositional behaviour
  • Social anxiety or social withdrawal
  • Bullying
  • Blended family issues
  • Perfectionism and high anxiety
  • School refusal
  • Obsessive behaviour
  • Substance abuse
  • Internet addiction, and other addictions
  • Low self esteem, difficulties with body image
  • Trauma
  • Obsessive Compulsive Disorder

 

Adolescent Psychologist

The following psychologists provide adolescent psychology, and many of them have previously worked in Child and Adolescent Mental Health Services (CAMHS).

 

At our Westbourne Park Psychology practice, located on Goodwood Road, the psychologists to see are:

Margaret Mitchell

Tina Charles