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Students and Adolescents

I have worked in schools and colleges as both a counsellor and a teacher, and I understand the daunting social and academic pressures that young people can face as they navigate secondary school and university. These coincide with many changes and decisions confronting them as they move through puberty towards increasing independence and a sense of their own identity, navigating further education, apprenticeships, and into the workplace. This can be a difficult time for young people, as their necessary move towards independence can lead to internal anxiety, uncertainty and self-questioning as well as friction in relationships. Talking to someone outside the family and circle of friends can offer an opportunity for reflection, new perspectives, feeling understood, and re-balancing. Where appropriate, sessions for young people together with their parent(s) or guardian(s) can explore different ways of relating.​

I have experience working with teenagers and students trying to cope with panic attacks, exam pressure, dissertation stress, sibling rivalry, home issues, difficulties with parental separation, divorce and blended families, bereavement, friendship and identity issues, anger, lack of confidence, low self-esteem, social awkwardness, anxiety, lethargy and feeling low and depressed, self-harm and suicidal thoughts. I meet each young person with openness and respect for their own lived experience; I am a LGBTQIA+ ally.

photograph of "Lightfield" by Anthony James at the Mound
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