There are times in all our lives when we feel unable to cope. Sometimes the causes of these problems seem fairly clear and we know where to turn for assistance. At other times our problems are difficult to understand and we can find no answer from our own resources or contacts. Talking to a counsellor, who is impartial and skilled, can help us work through our personal difficulties and find solutions.
Counsellors are trained to listen and to help us explore our feelings, thoughts and behaviours in a safe, confidential and non-judgemental way. Counselling does not claim to be the answer to all human difficulties, but it can help us find our own answers and does offer support. In this way counselling assists us to move towards more effective ways of coping, enabling us to have greater control of our lives.
Adolescents are searching for a clear understanding of who they are as individuals, while at the same time filtering through the confusion that others and society in general would say that they are or should be. They want to know who they are; they want to know their unique place in the world. But so many external pressures and voices tell them many different things, they tell them how to act, what to do, what they should be, how they should live, etc. It therefore can become extremely difficult for a teenager to reach a place of inner peace with knowing who they are, and where they belong.