Are you struggling with difficult emotions, such as anger or depression, which seem to confusing to understand? Are you unsure of how to cope with these difficult emotions? Sometimes, is it so intense that you hurt yourself to find some relief? Do you feel lonely, even when you're with other people? Or do you feel like somehow, you don't fit in or are being fake? Do you feel like you are pretending to be happy, when inside you are not?
I can work with you so that you will begin to feel hope and work towards positive change.
I WORK WITH TEENS TO OVERCOME THE FOLLOWING CHALLENGES:
Stress and Anxiety
Self Esteem/Self Acceptance
Self Confidence/Assertiveness (learning how to stand up for yourself)
Dealing with bullies (physical, emotional, online)
Dating and Relationships
...and many more.
In the counselling room, you can share your thoughts and feelings, knowing that whatever you share stays there. I will help you sort your thoughts and feelings, gain awareness of your situation, and figure out life choices that are healthier, positive, and right for you.
In a safe and non-judgemental space, I will work with you to:
Feel safe, heard, understood, and supported
Understand the underlying meaning of your difficult feelings
Be aware and embrace your strengths
Find and use your voice
Connect with yourself, and with others
Develop healthy coping skills and effective solutions to your situation
Make healthy, positive changes in your life
"A bird sitting on a tree is never afraid of a branch breaking because her trust is not on the branch but on its own wings.
Always believe in yourself."
How It Works
You may decide to call me on your own. Or you may decide to talk to your parent, or caregiver, first. I will speak to the person who contacts me first.
If you choose to call me first, we will talk about what you are looking for from counselling.
If your parent/caregiver makes the first call, they will talk about their understanding of your situation.
After that, we will set up an appointment for a face-to-face session. If it is okay with you, your parent/caregiver will be invited to the first portion of the session, so that conditions of confidentiality and process of counselling can be discussed.
The rest of the session will be focused on you. We will talk about your situation and the issues that brought you to counselling. We will also create counselling goals.
"All that we are is the result of what we have thought.
What we think we become."
I respect your privacy. My professional integrity and ethics require me to keep everything we discuss confidential.
However, there are a few exceptions:
If you are under 16, or someone you know is under 16, and are being neglected or abused, physically, emotionally and/or sexually
If you tell me you plan to hurt yourself or someone else
If court is requesting information about your sessions
I will share these conditions of service with you at our first session.
Communication with your parents
I will keep everything we discussed in counselling confidential and the specifics of what you share private. When I do meet with your parents, I will only share general themes, progress and challenges of the sessions.
There may be times I feel that it may be beneficial to share information with your family, so that there can be a discussion on ways to support you or improve the family relationship. If this is the case, we will work together to find the best ways to discuss these things with them.
There may also be times when, if you may be involved in serious risk taking behaviour, I may judge it necessary to inform your parent(s). In this case, we can discuss how to share this with them.
If you are a parent...
If you are a parent, who is concerned for your teenager, please contact me so that we can discuss your concerns and options to support them.
Under legislation, generally individuals 12 years of age and above, who are deemed capable, can agree or disagree to attend counselling. Thus, your child does not have to attend counselling if he or she does not want to. If this is the case with your child, you may choose to access counselling, to figure out how to help and support your teen. Your goals, among others, may be to learn effective communication skills, new parenting strategies, or how to help your teen make positive choices.
Please know that counselling is a process. Therefore, it can be difficult to determine the length of sessions that can be helpful for your teen. However, we will discuss goals for counselling that will meet yours and your teen's needs.