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ADOLESCENT COUNSELLING

Adolescence can be a confusing and turbulent time. It’s a period of profound emotional and psychological changes when many young individuals face various challenges that can impact their well-being and development. But we also view adolescence as a period of opportunity for healthy development.

 

At Monarch Psychology, we understand the unique struggles that adolescents face in navigating their emotions, relationships, and identity. Our adolescent counselling services are designed to provide a supportive and confidential space for young people to explore their concerns and develop coping strategies.

 

With a team of experienced and compassionate therapists, we aim to empower adolescents to overcome obstacles and thrive in their journey toward adulthood. We offer a variety of therapy methods, each one tailored to the unique needs and preferences of the adolescent.

Adolescent Counselling Methods

Our counselling methods are designed to create a safe and supportive environment where adolescents feel comfortable expressing their thoughts and emotions. Some of the issues we can support adolescents through include:

 

  • Academic pressure and school-related stress
  • Peer relationship difficulties, including bullying or social anxiety
  • Family conflict or communication challenges
  • Anxiety disorders, including generalized anxiety or panic attacks
  • Depression or mood disorders
  • Self-esteem issues 
  • Disordered eating and body image concerns
  • Coping with significant life changes or transitions, including divorce and separation
  • Anger management and emotional regulation
  • Grief and loss, including coping with the death of a loved one
  • Identity exploration and self-discovery
  • Challenges navigating gender and sexual identity
  • Behavioral problems or disruptive behaviors
  • Substance abuse or addiction issues
  • Challenges related to neurodiversity
  • Trauma or post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD)
  • Relationship concerns, including friendships and dating
  • Navigating the demands of competitive sports and artistic endeavours

We work closely with the adolescent and their support system, including parents and teachers, to create a plan that is unique to their needs and stage of life. 

 

Our therapeutic approaches vary based on the needs of each patient. Some effective counselling methods for adolescents include:

 

Expressive Arts Therapy: Uses creative mediums such as drawing, writing, drama, dance, and music to facilitate self-expression, emotional processing, and personal growth.

 

Talk Therapy: Involves supportive communication and reflective listening between the therapist and the adolescent, providing a safe space to explore thoughts, feelings, and experiences.

 

Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT): Focuses on identifying and challenging negative thought patterns, emotions, and behaviors contributing to distress. It helps adolescents develop coping strategies and problem-solving skills.

 

Narrative Therapy: Involves exploring and re-authoring the narratives or stories that adolescents construct about their lives. It encourages separating the individual from the problem, empowering adolescents to view themselves as capable of change and resilience.

 

At Monarch Psychology, we use evidence-based therapy methods to facilitate healing and growth successfully. Our therapists are trained in multiple methods and can integrate aspects from each based on the needs of the patient.

What to Expect in Adolescent Counselling

In adolescent counselling, young individuals can expect to engage in candid discussions with a skilled counsellor who values their privacy and confidentiality.

 

Sessions focus on exploring personal experiences unique to the client, and through these conversations, adolescents will have the opportunity to express their thoughts and feelings openly. This will help them gain insight into their emotions and behaviors.

 

The counsellor will work with the adolescent to identify areas of concern and set achievable goals tailored to their specific needs and circumstances. They will learn practical strategies and coping mechanisms to navigate the challenges they encounter. 

 

Adolescent counselling provides a supportive environment for young people to explore, learn, and grow as they face the challenges and complexities of adolescence and develop the resilience they need to thrive.

Our compassionate counsellors are trained to address a wide range of issues commonly faced by young people. Each counselling session ensures that adolescents receive personalized support and guidance.

How to Get Started in Adolescent Counselling

To begin adolescent counselling at Monarch Psychology, simply reach out to schedule an appointment. We will connect you with a therapist that can develop a personalized treatment plan that meets the adolescent’s needs.

 

Taking the first step to seek help can be scary and intimidating, but we are here to support without judgment. Our compassionate team is here to help adolescents with academic pressure, peer relationships, family conflict, self-esteem issues, and more.

 

We are here to support adolescents every step of the way.

Our Adolescent Therapists

Amber Michele Shay
Devany Benis
Monika Pakstas
Natasha Thibodeau
Nicole Caines