Counselling for Young People & Students
Leamington Spa, Warwickshire
I work with young people over the age of sixteen. I am very experienced within this area of counselling and get a lot of referrals from the Psychiatrist with whom I work very closely. I am also contacted directly or via family members.
I can help with the following:
- Building up self confidence and self esteem.
- Depression, Anxiety and other Psychological problems.
- Self harm and suicidal ideation.
- Relationship issues with either family, friends or partners.
- Coping with parents separating or divorce.
As a Student Counsellor I can work with all of the above, but can also explore:
- Anxieties surrounding workload.
- Learning coping strategies to achieve a good work life balance.
- Reducing the internal scripts and pressures to be a perfectionist and learning self compassion and nurturing.
- Improving time management and organisational skills.
- Overcoming social anxieties surrounding friendship and personal relationships.
So a large part of my work as a Student Counsellor is helping you to have a positive and fulfilling experience of your time at School or University and make the most of all the opportunities they provide.
In terms of modalities used I have found SFT (Solution Focused Therapy) and CBT (Cognitive Behavioural Therapy) to be the most helpful. Both give tools, strategies and coping mechanisms to manage problems in a different way with a better outcome. I often ask the question 'What is going to help you in your recovery process?' which is enabling and allows for both problem solving and making sense of the negative thoughts and feelings which impact our lives.
I sometimes suggest keeping a journal or bullet journaling which helps to focus on the here and now and reduces the panic about having to achieve everything today - tomorrow is ok. There are many different types of keeping a journal and it is personal preference. It can be freestyle or structured but however written can be hugely beneficial.
Goal setting on a weekly basis can also help but with the understanding that they have to be SMART - Specific, Measurable, Achievable, Realistic and Time Bound. This helps to keep track of achievements, breaks tasks down into manageable chunks and allows for self reward for every success however large or small. It may be that the plan has to be revised but important to note why that was the case and that it does not imply failure.
Building self confidence and self esteem are often a big part of the counselling process and this can be achieved using a variety of methods - journals, strength spotting clues, completing questionnaires, looking at how to use strengths in new and unique ways and making positive affirmations. How we are perceived or judged by others and/or being worried by saying or doing the wrong thing are powerful internal scripts and its important to challenge these to find both alternative and more balanced thoughts.
My sense is that change is always possible so my aim is to facilitate this. All these ideas are looking at ways to make positive changes so that the present and the future can be different and more fulfilling.