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This stage of life can present some significant challenges for youth and for their parents or caregivers. These years also provide a great opportunity for growth and for building skills that will be useful for years to come. I have experience as a teacher, coach, psychologist and parent working with teens. My approach to this work is focused on nurturing strength, confidence and helping youth to continue to broaden their skills and experience, enabling them to take on greater challenge and responsibility. When goals are aligned with an individual's values, so much is possible.   

Common areas of challenge could include:

  • Anxiety

  • Navigating social situations

  • Relationships with peers

  • Family changes

  • Anger / Aggression

  • Relationships with siblings

  • Parent-child conflict 

  • Grief

  • Self-Esteem

  • Self-Harm

  • Trauma

  • Developmental challenges

  • Challenges with school

  • Attention / Focus 

  • Addiction 

  • Depression

  • Navigating social media 

  • Sports / Competition

Diversity Students

Teens and young adults can often take an increasingly active roll in determining the priorities for counselling, and these could include: 

  • Goal-setting

  • Shaping plans for college, work after high school

  • Building resilience 

  • Mindfulness

  • Developing true toughness or grit

  • Improving performance in sports or other forms of competition 

  • Finding tools to manage anxiety 

  • Shaping positive habits and routines

  • Nurturing strong relationships 

  • Reframing challenging circumstances

  • Improving relationships 

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