“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..
100% or Failure – How striving for Academic Perfection can be linked-to Eating Disorders in Teenagers
Mable* is 17. She explains to me how she measures herself by numbers. Her favourite numbers are 10 and 100. Ten represents the 10 out of ten that indicates a perfect score on a short test. One hundred represents the only acceptable mark in an exam. Anything that is not 10 or 100 equals failure. […]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..
When I first meet the parents of a child or teen who self harms or self injures, I am confronted by fear, distress, sadness, confusion and anger. Parents describe the torment of knowing that their child deliberately hurts themselves. They always ask, why? Why does my child, cut, bite, burn, scold or scratch themselves? How […]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..