Being young today is both complex and complicated, and many find themselves growing up in a world that often challenges them to be something they are not, which create an enormous pressure. Most of you are currently experiencing pressure at school, home, in the areas of peer pressure, body dysmorphia, poverty, unemployment, social insecurity, etc. you are constantly worried about the future, about what comes next, oftentimes you feel like giving up, or wondering who your are and how to be true to yourself. You might feel you’re faced with a race you’re not sure how to run, and every day, it seems like new matters arise that cause the pressure to increase.
When we experience this kind of pressure over a longer period it often leads to feeling inadequate, insecure and anxious. This response come from the need to be able to oversee and control more than we can. It is very human and completely normal, but not always appropriate.
Some of the difficulties that teens often raise include:
Problems with anxiety and stress; social anxiety
Adjusting to a new culture; homesickness
Problems with family, friends or intimate relationships
Bereavement and loss
Study related stress
Difficulty with commitment to people, places, schools or school systems as these constantly changes
Addictions, including alcohol, drugs and gambling
The Benefits of Individual Teen Counselling
Counselling provides a safe environent allowing you to explore your place in the world and at the same time feeling valued understood and accepted by an impartial adult
It also helps you understand the root cause of your feelings, thoughts, and behaviors, and provide a safe space to you work through issues and empowers you to use what you have learned to find solutions to the issues you face.
Additionally it improves your self-confidence, overall mood, and self-esteem as you learn and strengthen vital skills such as emotion regulation, effective communication, empathy, assertiveness, and self-awareness.
Finally, learning to talk through problems with a counsellor also helps most young people develop the skills and confidence to open up to others in their lives and develop better relationships.