Teen and Youth Counselling

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Are you a teenager, or young adult and struggling with something? Do you have difficulty relating to your parents or other adults? Do you need help?

When you contact us, we will help you choose the best match for your situation from our 12 psychologists and Masters degree-qualified counsellors in North Parramatta.

We are open daytime and after hours, Monday to Saturday, including evenings.


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Getting help

Bridges Counselling - teenMaybe you’re a friend of someone, and you’re worried about them? Maybe they have been acting a little weird? Or not quite themselves? Maybe you’re  youth worker who is worried about a young person you are supporting?

Although all of our youth counsellors and youth psychologists are very good, you may feel that finding someone who understands you and your views on life is really important. Sometimes by seeing someone a little younger, or a little closer to your age, you may feel a little more connected to them. They may be a little more aware of the issues that you’re dealing with at the moment.

Social trends can change so much, language changes, how we dress changes, what our interests are and what our social system is like. Growing up in today’s society is really hard because things are changing so quickly. There seems to be a new piece of technology released every week. Even dance moves are changing so quickly. Change can be really difficult to navigate. And even harder if the person you’re talking to doesn’t know what’s going on in your world.

By default, a younger counsellor will remain a little more relevant because socially they are part of that changing world you find yourself in. If you’re struggling with change then it may be time to talk it through. There are some common things that young people go through that talking to someone may make things easier, these are things like:

  • struggling with your emotions
  • grief or sadness about losing someone you love
  • self esteem and identity issues
  • confusion about your future
  • study stress
  • relationship stress
  • family issues
  • drug and alcohol use issues
  • gender identity issues
  • mental health problems

Emotions

Do you have grief? Sadness, confused feelings? Have you loved and lost someone in your life? Are you finding it hard to express yourself and talk in a way that people understand what you’re going through? Do you feel that your emotions are intense and unbearable at times? Do you feel angry and don’t know how to express this in a good way?

Emotions are hard to navigate sometimes, especially when you might be feeling an intense emotion for the first time, first loves, first hurts, disappointment, jealousy, anger, first time you lose someone. Learning strategies to overcome these intense emotions will serve you well your whole life.

Relationships

Sometimes you will have relationship difficulties, as you start to navigate a life outside of your family home. This can be a really tough time as your parents might not understand your motivations. You may be finding it hard to earn their trust and communicate to them about what your desires are. You might have disagreements with your family about who you hang out with, what you wear, what you study, and what your career path might be.

Identity

Brigdes Counselling - teen identityAs you start to develop your identity, or who you are, what you believe and how you want to live your life, you become aware of some challenging decisions that you have to make. You may feel lost in this season of your life. Talking about these difficult things can help you to get clarity and understanding of the options you have and what’s really important for you.

These decisions will include who you want to be. And and who you want to be with in your life. Choosing some decisions will shape your entire life. Talking these things through my help you to learn more about yourself and may help to shift the confusion that you feel.

Really hard times

Also, this age bracket is when some people begin to experience symptoms that are part of a mental illness: disorders such as schizophrenia, psychosis, bipolar disorder, mood disorders and anxiety disorders. These disorders may sometimes have a genetic factor, or there may be situations that you face that bring on some of these symptoms.

You may start to feel different, and not like yourself. If you start to notice things you do that feel like you don’t have control over those actions, then it may be beneficial to talk to experts about this, so that you are not suffering through some symptoms without understanding what’s going on.

These are indications of a developing mental health issue that may need specific help.

 

If any of this has made you think, or you have some questions, then feel free to contact us to have a chat with our intake counsellors, who may be able to point you in the right direction to get the help you need.