One of the most difficult times of life is when we make the transition from child to teen adolescent. A teen is technically when a child is between the ages of 13 - 19.
Adolescence per se is the period where a child is learning and growing into an adult.
An adolescent is someone who is going through puberty, or in other words, in the process of having a mature adult body. To clear confusion, a teen is also an adolescent. In layman's terms, the two labels are interchangeable.
Interestingly, a person's brain is still developing in their early to mid 20's. This is why for some teen adolescents and their parents it can be an unbelievably confusing time. It's important to remember that even at 18 years old, there's still lots to explore, discover and experience.
Being unsure of who you are and what you want to do with your life is a right of passage. You don't need to have all the answers on some 'magical date' or when you reach a certain birthday.
In fact, some of the most interesting and intriguing people on the planet didn't discover their talents until quite late in life.
When considering counselling for teen adolescents we keep in mind these important and informative years are indeed a time for safe experimentation and exploration.
Deciding who and what you want to be is never a precise science. Who among us knew at 14 exactly how our lives would play out? Given, there may be some who were 'destined' to become a Doctor, Lawyer, Vet or Pilot. On the flip side of that, it's okay to try out a few vocations before you find your passion.
Our passions in life are never random. Often, they are our calling.
In terms of knowing who we are, there's also the key aspect of uncovering our identity. What makes us unique? How do we use that uniqueness in our journey through life? These are all questions to be pondered and unpacked in the process of counselling.
Our Counsellors offer a warm and collaborative space to work through thoughts and emotions while you develop a sense of self.
We also offer our beautiful chunky therapy dog, Freya, to be available in your session if you're feeling anxious or unsettled about attending counselling.
Our teen adolescent counselling services are available in person, online or on the phone. We're flexible and understanding.
If you'd like to know more about this service please feel free to call us for a chat.
Your counselling session can be anything you need it to be. Formal or informal.
Mean girl behaviour is often relational aggression, or alternative aggression, an indirect but harmful form of social bullying.
Unlike physical harm, those who engage in relationship aggression want to make a person look bad to others, to bring them down or take away what the other person has.
Bullying is the use of force, coercion, hurtful teasing or threat, to abuse, aggressively dominate or intimidate.
The behaviour is often repeated and habitual.
One essential prerequisite is the perception (by the bully or by others) of an imbalance of physical or social power.
This imbalance distinguishes bullying from conflict. Bullying is a subcategory of aggressive behaviour characterized by hostile intent, imbalance of power and repetition over a period of time.
Identity is how you think about, describe, and present yourself.
It can be made up of different roles, traits, and experiences. For example, an identity may include teen, parent, survivor, pet owner, chronic illness sufferer, she, her, he, him, they, them, or even simply, me.
Developing a strong identity can give meaning and direction in life.
Everyone uses social media. There seems to be few to no exceptions.
While socials can be a wonderful source of fun, entertainment and information, there is also a down side.
When you cannot be without your device for more than an hour or so, or when you start experiencing withdrawal symptoms (which is a very real thing) you may have a problem that requires counselling.