Adolescent Therapy

Who is it for?

Adolescent psychotherapists work with individual teenagers. Parent support meetings may be involved, particularly with younger teenagers, however, it is important that any teenager coming to therapy, feels confident that their wishes are followed, and this may involve using therapy privately as an adult would.


What is it for?

Adolescent psychotherapy can be helpful for most emotional, behavioural, psychological, social or developmental difficulties. Adolescent psychotherapists can also help teenagers to deal with learning and physical disabilities, as well as those on the autistic spectrum. Psychotherapy is also recommended (and used within

CAMHS and specialist services) for young people experiencing 

Gender Dysphoria. Teenagers may be reacting to life events which everyone knows about or it may be that difficulties have started without any obvious cause. 


Issues that adolescent psychotherapists can help with include:


  • anxiety

  • depression

  • stress

  • behavioural difficulties

  • bullying

  • anger

  • a.d.h.d.

  • a.d.d.

  • hyperactivity

  • low self-esteem

  • self-harm

  • post-traumatic symptoms

  • relationship difficulties 

  • bereavement 

  • eating issues

  • sleeping difficulties 

  • phobias

  • victims of abuse

  • Issues around body image, sexuality, or gender identity.

  • life events such as parental divorce


How does it work?

Sessions will involve talking, although every person is different and some times activities like drawing may prove helpful. Adolescent Psychotherapists are trained to help young people explore difficulties that are often not understood, or hard to put into words - often appearing as behaviours (Self-harm) or strong uncontrollable feelings (depression and anxiety). The psychotherapist is trained to help make sense of why these behaviours and feelings are happening. This can support them in processing and understanding the issue, which in turn can stop or reduce the troubling feelings and behaviours, helping teenagers develop their individuality and potential, increasing a sense of wellbeing, and promoting improvements in personal relationships. 

Short term psychoanalytic psychotherapy (STPP)


STPP is an evidence based therapy designed for young people between the ages of 14 and 25. It is a talking therapy designed to help young people with mild to severe depression who may also be experiencing a range of other symptoms, such as trauma, anxiety, self-harm and suicidal thoughts. It can take place face-to-face or online and is time-limited, which means, a set number of sessions are offered after a short assessment to explore the nature of their difficulty and whether STPP could be potentially useful (25 in total).


STPP works by helping the young person explore the difficulty to its root causes, looking to find solutions by addressing the underlying problems. This makes it more likely that symptoms such as self harm, anxiety or PTSD will be reduced or eradicated and new troubling symptoms will not surface.


STPP although a time-limited “short” treatment is not as short as some because it seeks to make lasting change, rather than offer coping strategies or temporary solutions. 


Given this, it is an investment of time and money. However, an assessment is always offered to help the young person experience working “psychoanalytically” before any further work is agreed, and a reduced fees will be available where appropriate.   


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