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Adolescents

Adolescence is a complex and fascinating developmental stage. It is distinct from childhood and it is not adulthood. Audrey offers therapy which helps teenagers and their families to negotiate the challenges that can emerge at this time. These include relationships at home and in school, moving to secondary school and again moving onto third level education.

Other issues include bullying, sexuality issues, eating disorders, withdrawal, depression, anxiety, self injury, aggression, suicidal thoughts, family changes and grief and bereavement.

Counselling can support teenagers to understand and make sense of their feelings and behaviour, and who they are and want to be. Held down feelings may emerge and therapy offers an opportunity to explore and find a way through these. I have undertaken specialist training at CTC and Austin attachment in working with children and adolescents and with developmental trauma.

I offer support to parents of teenagers that is informed by my Parent Mentoring studies with Dr Tony Humphreys and developmental trauma training with Stephen Terrell. I understand the substantial challenges parents face at home and the great difference a little help and support can make.

I use sand, music and creative arts interventions along with dialogue to help adolescents express themselves when words may be hard to find. I have had the privilege of working with adolescents for three decades as a teacher. I’m a creative artist and musician, at home with creative counselling approaches that may make your child’s therapeutic journey that bit easier.