Teen Holistic Counselling
A dynamic approach, working with you in partnership, to bring about cohesion between body, mind and spiritual functioning. The process enables you to work through patterns, beliefs and behaviours that keep you stuck; and supports you in
Teen Holistic Counselling
What is an Anxiety Disorder?
As a Holistic Counsellor, my role is to facilitate each client’s understanding and awareness of him/herself, relationship to others and patterns of coping with day-to-day living. Holistic Counselling is a commitment to oneself and, as such, is best done when the client is/are willing to engage in the process. This process is a journey, and it occurs in the dialogue between therapist and client. However, as psychological issues are also stored in the body, meditation and energy work recommendations are common and are available as part of treatment.
Anxiety at times is normal throughout a child’s development into adolescence. It can help us cope by getting us through a tense situation, cause us to study harder for an exam or keep focused on an important speech. The young teen’s usually growing out of usual short-lived fears such as being afraid of the dark, storms, animals, being separated from a parent, or strangers. Still, teens with an anxiety disorder experience fear, nervousness, and shyness and avoid places and activities.
When it gets to a place where avoiding places and activities, that’s when holistic counselling comes in.
Depression is a mental illness that can take over your teen’s mood and thoughts; it interferes with all aspects of a teen’s life, resulting in absences from school, trouble socialising with peers, and in severe cases, thoughts of suicide.
It may be difficult to tell if a child is going through a temporary “phase” or is suffering from depression. When symptoms last for a short period, it may be a passing case of “the blues”,; but if they last for more than two weeks and interfere with regular daily activities, family, and school life, your child should be evaluated for a depressive disorder. When a child has a depressive disorder, symptoms of depression appear as a distinct shift from your teen’s previous functioning. Parents usually notice a change in their child’s behaviour, or a teacher may mention the child “doesn’t seem to be himself”.
Symptoms that are commonly noticed in teens with depression.
– Decreased interest in activities; or inability to enjoy previously favourite activities
– Low self-esteem, feeling worthless
– Negative self-talk and unnecessary guilt
– Frequent sadness or crying
– Refusal to go to school, clinging to a parent
– Poor concentration and difficulty with decision making
– A significant change in eating and sleeping patterns
– Mentions wanting to be dead or suicide
– Social withdrawal
– Unexplained general medical complaints (head hurts, stomach hurts)
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