The teen years can be seen as a bridge between childhood and adulthood. These years can be exciting as friendships blossom and independence increases, but they may also be challenging if there are problems with friends, school, family or health.
Uncertainty about what the future holds can also cause stress and facing pressures to know what to do when school finishes can be daunting. It is understandable to feel nervous about seeking professional support but it is a real strength to be able to reach out for assistance when times are tough.
Research shows that teenagers are at increased risk of poor mental health and antisocial or risk-taking behaviour. As children become teenagers, brains grow and change in significant ways and this can affect thinking and behaviour.
Our psychologists have significant experience helping adolescents who may be experiencing some of the following:
- Exam performance stress and school anxiety
- Risk-taking behaviours
- Family stress
- Friendship problems
- Self-esteem struggles
- Anger difficulties