2021 is the year we collectively hope we can get back to ‘normal’, and for our teenagers that means SCHOOL. Some teens will be happy to head back to school – hooray – while others may take a while to warm up to the whole idea. Either reaction is okay, just make sure you’ve got […]
According to Google, trauma is a deeply distressing or disturbing experience. It’s my best guess that 99.9% of us have something we’d much prefer hadn’t happened. Life happened and, either, we haven’t dealt with it. Or, we’ve dealt with it and it’s back. It’s not like you chose the trauma Trauma is never something you […]
How is group coaching beneficial to me? Parenting teens is hard at the best of times. And part of the hard is the uncertainty. Parents know teenagers are still growing their brains and developing that crucial decision making part that lets them consider their choices and make well thought out decisions instead of impulsive calls […]
Christmas and holidays are potentially a triggering time for teenagers who are trapped in an anxiety or depression tangle. Mass gatherings of relatives can be a difficult and trying time for them as they work to figure out how they fit into this larger, extended family. It’s important for parents to be reflective of the […]
In my work with parents of teenagers who have anxiety and depression, I’m often asked these questions: My teenager is going to counselling. Is this a good thing? How do I get them to talk to me about their session? What can I do to make it really worthwhile? First of all I want to […]
And now, you know, they’ve got this. And if they don’t, you’ve got them. They know how to tell you that, and you know how to read them. You get to enjoy that relationship, safe in the knowledge that they’re learning about themselves and you’re there to support them when they need it.
Group coaching not only gives you the chance to learn some new and up to date skills, it also allows you to to practice these skills with other parents who are learning beside you.
It’s essential to keep the school in the loop about what’s going on. Schools have changed over the years, and there are some big differences that can help keep our teenagers engaged.
The temptation to reach for a quick fix solution is enormous. Counselling may not be at the top of your recovery options for your teenager.
This can be such a tricky, yet vitally important, area of negotiation for our teenagers as we support them to move through their anxiety and depression and into recovery.