Modern life can be tough on young people today. The increase in technology at young ages has meant that peer pressure, news, and entertainment now have the ability to reach our young people at any time, and anywhere. This has led to a change in the frequency of issues such as cyber bullying, low self esteem, depression, anxiety and difficulty forming healthy relationships, as well as the risks of online grooming, access to pornography, and exposure to other inappropriate online content. Put this together with the inevitable unique challenges that childhood and adolescence present by their very nature, and we begin to see why so many young people find the support and space provided in therapy so valuable.
As children grow into young teens, teens and young adults, they are faced with not only the developmental challenges of growth, but their expectations of an ever changing world and the expectations of the world on them.
Families too are changing, and family units are more diverse than they have ever been before. This can present difficulties for some children and young people as they try to understand their place in the family unit and in the world.
Another fast developing area of work with young people is that of gender and sexual identification. This is an area that WCPS have experience working with, and we provide a safe environment for this to be openly talked about and understood.
WCPS has a genuine desire to provide support to children and young people, and view it as a privilege to be able to join them on their journey to adulthood, helping them to arrive at their destination well prepared, no matter how rocky the road may be.
When working with this client group, age appropriate techniques are adopted, such as play, sand tray work, art and music. CBT can be just as effective with young children as with adults when we ensure that we work in a way that values every client as an individual, and work flexibly to suit their needs.
WCPS takes the safeguarding of children and young people seriously, and is able to work with other agencies to ensure that the welfare of children, young people, and their support networks is kept at the heart of what we do.
If you have any further questions about how we work therapeutically with children and young people, please do not hesitate to pick up the phone and ask. If families with young children would like to have an initial meeting with me to discuss how therapy works and get a feel for what it is like, then I am more than happy to do this with no obligation to commit.