Young women's counselling service for those aged 13-18 years
Gives young women a regular and confidential space to talk about worries or problems they are experiencing. Talking things through in a confidential setting, with regular appointments over a period of time can often help young women gain new and different perspectives.
This can lead to changes in how they feel about themselves, their relationships with others, their thinking and their behaviour.
We offer a face to face counselling service for young women aged 14-18 residing in the Sefton area.
Many young women are struggling with how they feel. They are having problems with friends, family, school, college or work, they are anxious, depressed, angry or scared and need to talk to someone, but find it difficult to talk to people they know. Counselling can help them talk things through, support them without making them feel judged, and in confidence (unless they disclose that their personal safety is at risk). Counselling can make a positive difference to their lives.
How counselling can help young women
Counselling is the most common form of talking therapy, it can help young women deal with issues and events and the effects they are having on their mental wellbeing. Counselling could be recommended for young women who are basically healthy but who are struggling with a mental disorder such as depression or eating disorders; it can address problems with anxiety, bereavement; bullying, anger, relationships, low self-esteem, and self-harm. The counsellor will help explore the problem, the symptoms and strategies for coping.
The different types of counselling we offer:
Person Centered Counselling: Person-centered counselling harnesses the individuals natural self-healing process. Given the right relationship with the therapist young women can decide what they want to do with their lives. Person-centered therapy develops personal growth in a non-directive way.
Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT): The approach of CBT is about thinking more positively about life, looking at how you can get stuck in patterns of behaviour and ways of changing these rather than dwelling on past events. The therapist sets goals with young women, often with 'homework' to do in between.
Mindfulness: Mindfulness is often combined with CBT and helps young women to focus on difficult thoughts and feelings, rather than avoiding them, so that the fear of them gradually lessens. Therapists can also include meditation and breathing exercises.
Art Therapy: Art therapy can be used to help young women work in a reflective way, to move things along creatively. Using art in therapy can help to break down barriers in the therapeutic process that may feel difficult to put into words.