“You can’t make me and I don’t want to”. Oppositional Defiant Disorder. A Parenting Nightmare Child and adolescent therapists are often consulted by parents who are at the end of a long and bumpy road with teenagers. Families describe behaviours that have become increasingly defiant or confrontational. Teenage mental health specialists will often use the […]READ MORE..
Dialectical behaviour therapy (DBT) is one of many therapeutic approaches. In brief, DBT is a form of psychotherapy used for people who feel emotions very intensely, in particular those suffering from borderline personality disorders (BPD). Here we answer some of the frequently asked questions about this form of psychotherapy. What is dialectical behaviour therapy? DBT […]READ MORE..
In developmental psychology ‘attachment theory’ explores the emotional bond between one human and another (mostly between caregiver and infant). During the first six months’ of a baby’s life, the caregiver must exhibit adequate nurturing to their newborn to establish a close bond. If a healthy bond cannot be established during the baby’s early developmental phase […]READ MORE..
“I feel so empty and Lonely. I don’t know who I am.” Working with teenagers and young adults, I often hear the phrase, ‘I just don’t know who I am’. It can be a normal teenage response to the rapidly changing period between childhood and adolescence. They’re trying out new behaviours. Ones that are often […]READ MORE..
ADHD, Substance Use Disorder, Bipolar, emotional instability; along with other enduring mental health conditions can leave parents with few options following school exclusion. Finding a supportive environment where young people can reach their potential is a concern for parents who discover that options with or without a diagnosis can be limited. Parents have a tough […]READ MORE..
What to do when your talking to your teenager feels like a minefield Borderline Personality Disorder (BPD) presents challenges far beyond the usual parenting dilemmas. During the teenage years and early adulthood, many parents experience unchartered territories. For families who are also challenged by the complexities of a highly sensitive, or emotionally unstable teenager experiencing […]READ MORE..
“I feel like I am sharing a living hell with my Eating Disorder.” The current challenges of COVID-19 and isolation are affecting young people and challenging those with Eating Disorders globally. Eating Disorder Recovery or Remission Eating Disorder recovery or remission is based on routine. Our routine and your routine is likely to have been […]READ MORE..
Many parents think that teens have it easy. We blame them for going to bed too late and then get stressed with them for not getting up on time for school in the morning. Whilst it’s true that many teenagers do tend to go to bed later than they should, this is mainly due to […]READ MORE..
I’m not clumsy. I am not stupid and I hate having toothpaste on my shirt.Understanding Dyspraxia – A parent and teen’s guide‘Everyone called me stupid, clumsy too. My Mum was worried that sometimes I didn’t think about things like my brother. I was worried about being bullied, losing my football and always having toothpaste on […]READ MORE..