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Young People Counselling

Safe and supportive environment where young people can openly discuss their mental health and addiction issues.

Professional counsellor's role

In young people counselling with mental health and addiction issues.

Providing a safe and non-judgemental environment

A professional counsellor like William Allan plays a crucial role in creating a safe and supportive space where young people can openly discuss their mental health and addiction issues without fear of judgement or criticism. This environment encourages them to share their thoughts, feelings, and experiences related to their mental health and addiction issues, enabling the counsellor to gain a deeper understanding of their unique challenges.

Conducting assessments and formulating personalised treatment plans

A professional counsellor specialising in young people counselling with mental health and addiction issues will conduct comprehensive assessments to understand the nature and severity of the mental health and addiction issues. Based on the assessment, they will develop personalised treatment plans tailored to the individual needs of the young person. These plans may include a combination of therapy techniques, behavioural interventions, and support strategies.

Offering guidance and support for behaviour change

Counsellors play a vital role in supporting young people in making positive behavioural changes. They provide guidance, education, and practical strategies to help individuals understand the underlying causes of their mental health and addiction issues and develop healthier coping mechanisms. Through counselling sessions, they assist in building motivation and resilience, empowering young people to overcome addictive behaviours.

Facilitating emotional regulation and self-awareness

Mental health and addiction issues often stem from underlying emotional issues and difficulties in managing emotions effectively. Professional counsellors help young people develop emotional regulation skills and enhance their self-awareness. By exploring the emotional triggers and underlying psychological factors associated with mental health and addiction issues, they empower individuals to understand their emotions better and develop healthier ways of dealing with them.

Collaborating with families and support networks

Effective counselling for young people with mental health and addiction issues involves collaboration with their families, guardians, and support networks. Professional counsellors work closely with these stakeholders to educate them about mental health and addiction issues, provide guidance on how to support the individual and create a supportive home environment. They facilitate open communication channels and help families understand the importance of empathy, boundaries, and healthy relationships in the recovery process.

Referring to specialised services and resources

Professional counsellors have extensive knowledge of available resources and support networks for young people with mental health and addiction issues. They can refer individuals to specialised mental health and addiction issues treatment centres, support groups, or medical professionals when necessary. This ensures that young people receive comprehensive care and access to additional services that may be beneficial in their recovery journey.

Actual counselling process may vary depending

Considering specific needs and circumstances of the individual

It’s important to note that the points mentioned above are general highlights of a professional counsellor’s role in young people counselling with addictions. The actual counselling process may vary depending on the specific needs and circumstances of the individual.

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Common Problems for which Young People needs Counselling

ADHD (Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder)

Difficulty maintaining focus and attention, leading to poor academic or work performance.

Impulsivity, leading to impulsive decision-making, risky behaviours, or difficulty controlling emotions.

Hyperactivity, causing restlessness, fidgeting, and difficulty sitting still for long periods.

OCD (Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder)

Persistent intrusive thoughts or obsessions that cause distress and anxiety.

Engaging in compulsive behaviours or rituals as a way to alleviate anxiety or prevent perceived harm.

Spending excessive amounts of time on these rituals, which can interfere with daily functioning and relationships.

ADD (Attention Deficit Disorder)

Inattentiveness, leading to difficulty staying organised, remembering tasks, or completing assignments.

Trouble with time management and prioritisation.

Becoming easily distracted, both internally and externally, which can impact productivity and focus.

Self-harm

Engaging in deliberate self-injury as a coping mechanism for emotional pain or distress.

Using self-harm as a way to regain control or cope with overwhelming emotions.

Isolating oneself from others due to shame or fear of judgement.

Gaming addiction

Spending excessive amounts of time playing video games, leading to neglect of other responsibilities and relationships.

Loss of interest in other activities and hobbies.

Experiencing withdrawal symptoms when not able to engage in gaming.

Eating disorders

Developing unhealthy eating habits, such as restrictive eating, binge eating, or purging.

Preoccupation with body weight, shape, and appearance.

Negative body image and distorted perception of one’s body.

Porn addiction

Compulsive use of pornography, leading to difficulties in maintaining healthy relationships or sexual functioning.

Spending excessive amounts of time viewing pornography, which can interfere with daily life and responsibilities.

Feelings of shame, guilt, or distress associated with the addiction.

Anxiety and depression

Persistent feelings of worry, fear, or nervousness interfere with daily activities.

Difficulty concentrating, making decisions, or experiencing restlessness.

Persistent feelings of sadness, hopelessness, or loss of interest in activities previously enjoyed.