Therapy for Adolescents
With over 10 years experience of working within adolescent specialist Child and Adolescent Mental Health Services (CAMHS) teams, Dr Green has specialised in understanding adolescent mental health, and adapting therapy for children and teenagers.
We offer specialist therapy for adolescents, and consultations for parents and carers.
Life can be really stressful for teenagers - school, exams, friendships, relationships and social media can be really hard to navigate. This is a period in which many adolescents can struggle with their emotional wellbeing and mental health.
Adolescence is a unique period of development, during which teenagers really still need the trusted adults in their lives, but this relationship often begins to look different. As teenagers move towards independence, they often find it hard to take advice from their parents and carers, and in turn parents can understandably feel really unsure about how best to help.
Many teenagers are unsure about going to therapy, and often it is an adult in their life that has suggested the idea.
As a Clinical Psychologist specialising in therapy for adolescents, I make sure that from the first session teenagers feel heard, understood, and ultimately, wanting to come back and talk.
I am very experienced in navigating the delicate balance between protecting the privacy of adolescents in therapy, and also knowing that they need the close adults in their lives to understand what is going on for them. Fundamentally, I know that parents and carers continue to be incredibly important in the lives of adolescents (even as they are pushing for independence) - my aim is to strengthen these relationships and help both sides navigate this transition.
I offer adolescents both online therapy sessions and face to face therapy sessions in North London.
For parents and carers:
Are you worried about your teenager's emotional wellbeing or mental health?
-Not sure what the problem is?
-Not sure how is best to approach your concerns with them?
-Or when you have approached them, did they shut down, become very distressed or angry?
-Not sure where to get help or how to navigate the system?
Finding the right support for your child can be really overwhelming. Within the NHS, the Child and Adolescent Mental Health Service (CAMHS) system can be hard to navigate, and there are often long waiting lists. Privately, there are many different types of therapists offering different therapy models, and it can be really hard to know what is the right support for your child.
I have been working with teenagers in NHS mental health services for over 10 years, in Child and Adolescent Mental Health Services (CAMHS), in the community, in A&E and in hospital.
I have specialised in the assessment and treatment of adolescent mental health, and neurodevelopmental differences such as Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) and Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD).
I offer consultation to parents to:
-Help you understand your teenager's mental health, and what they might be experiencing
-Plan how to discuss your concerns with your teenager (and be prepared for different responses)
-Understand 'risk', such as self-harm and suicidal ideation, how to discuss this with adolescents, and plan for what to do if this escalates
-Think through the right support for your child in a holistic way
-Understand different therapy options and models and where best to find these
-Understand the NHS Child and Mental Health Service (CAMHS) provision and how to access this (and what to do while your child is on the waiting list)
I know that you are already really worried about your teenager, and are juggling a lot, so the last thing you need is to feel judged or unsupported. I also know it is really hard to think rationally when you are really anxious, stressed and overloaded. I offer a kind, compassionate and non judgmental space, that aims to both give you a space to offload, and think through ways forward.