Counselling for anxiety in young people can be a very effective therapy for helping them with the stresses of life in the modern world.
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Anxiety and stress in young people is becoming increasingly common these days. Pressures to do well at school, to be popular (or even to avoid being bullied), and to present themselves in the best way possible on social media – these and many other things all add up to create a huge level of overwhelm and stress in teenagers.
When anxiety gets too much it can have very different effects on different people. Some can become reclusive, making attempts to avoid school at all costs. Others might become disruptive or unpredictable. Their schoolwork and exam results can often take a dive as they lose all confidence in their abilities.
All this can be really worrying for parents, who in turn can start to suffer from stress as a result of trying to juggle work and other duties with the changing needs of their children.
However, there are natural solutions available. Counselling for anxiety in young people can provide a very effective antidote to the problem.
I often get very positive feedback from the parents of young people who come to me for counselling. For instance, I recently received this following email, with regard to a young client I’d been working with to help manage some uncomfortable feelings, and get her back into a regular pattern of going into school.
It’s shared with permission, but obviously is anonymised:
“Thanks so much for helping *X* where others couldn’t. It’s truly amazing how well she is doing now. Of course this impacts my life as well. My high stress has almost gone which makes everything so much easier. Thanks again”
In particular, this feedback illustrates how much the lives of other family members can be affected when a young person in the family is going through anxiety and stress.
I know that sometimes people think that counselling for anxiety in young people can be a long drawn out process that goes on for months or even years and cost a lot of money, but I have some very effective techniques that can speed things up in the right situation, making the process much more cost-effective.
It’s important to mention however that the young person themselves should be very motivated to change. I often find that parents are very enthusiastic in getting help for their children, but, you know the saying, ‘you can lead a horse to water but you can’t make it drink’, and that’s very much the case for counselling.
It’s vital that the young person is motivated to change, and is willing to engage throughout the process. Of course, I make every effort to ensure the young person feels comfortable, confident and relaxed throughout the sessions.
If you’d like to talk to me about booking an appointment, either for yourself or for your child, I offer a free initial telephone consultation so you can ask any questions and find out more about how I can help.
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If you feel your child isn’t quite ready to engage in therapy just yet, you’re welcome to sign up to my email newsletter for tips and advice on how to combat anxiety and stress. When you sign up you’ll also gain access to my free online course which features five days of video tutorials on how to manage stress and anxiety using simple natural methods.
Lisa Murphy is a counsellor and hypnotherapist based in Glasgow who specialises in anxiety, anger management, and weight loss.