Adolescence usually corresponds with Grade 7 and the preparation for high school. It is a challenging developmental phase of life for teens, parents and teachers. It is a time of considerable physical change and there are significant demands placed on the adolescent in society. It is a time of transition with more emphasis on peer relationships. Teens are often reluctant and/or unable to speak to their parents about their anxieties, fears and challenges. Individual counselling or therapy provides a safe, non-threatening space to explore these challenges.
Some common presenting problems include:
engaging in risk-taking behaviour
excessive or too little sleep
social media addiction
bullying or being bullied
suicidal thinking and behaviour.
Adolescents are usually reluctant to engage in sessions with their parents present but are also very concerned about what is being said about them, by both parents and professionals. Consultations with the adolescent present can be very useful in enhancing and improving family relationships.
Gwyn Choles obtained her undergraduate training through Unisa and then completed the Masters in Educational Psychology degree at the University of the Witwatersrand in 1998. Practical clinical experience was gained at the Tara H Moross hospital in the child, adolescent and eating disorders Units. She has been in Private Practice on the East Rand since 1998...