Need help with your troubled tween or teen?

Do you want to change their behaviour or help them deal with big emotions but you don’t know how?

Do you feel they need to talk to someone outside the family?

Have you been trying to solve the problem already, possibly with other professionals, but don’t seem to be getting anywhere?

Do you live in the Bristol or Wells, Somerset area and want one-to-one face-to-face support for your tween or teen or are looking for online sessions from the comfort of your own home?
 

Issues I can help with include (but not limited to):
depression, anxiety, self-harm, ADHD, autism, anger, aggression, criminal behaviour

Ready to book your free initial parent consultation to discuss your child’s needs and how I can help?
Click below.

Want to find out more about Sam and the Teenage Whisperer method? Read on…
 

Why work with Sam?

Sam Ross, BSc, MSc, MSc, Cert EP(YJ)

I have over 15 years experience working with, studying and writing about adolescent emotional and behavioural problems, predominantly within education and youth justice settings and also in private practice.

My award winning Teenage Whisperer blog and books, ‘Anger Is My Friend: Rethinking teen anger management’ , and ‘What I Need From You: The essential guide to reaching troubled teens’, have helped thousands of parents, carers and professionals engage and assist young people and particularly those struggling with the most challenging issues and/or behaviours.

I have a massive heart for working with hurting young people and helping them lead the happy, motivated lives they deserve to. Both this and my experience of what actually works to help young people overcome their issues has motivated me to develop the Teenage Whisperer intervention method.

What is so special about the Teenage Whisperer method?

Solutions are led by the young person.

There is no one-size-fits-all solution and that is why a lot of conventional therapies don’t work. Each teen is different, so I listen to them first, help them to understand their issue and empower them to make the decisions and set goals to change their own lives.

My intervention toolkit is very large.

As each teen is different, different approaches work better with some than others, and often a mixture of approaches produces the best results. Within my toolkit you can find cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT), positive psychology approaches, dialetical behaviour therapy (DBT), motivational interviewing and life coaching techniques, creative therapies and mindfulness techniques. I am constantly adding to this toolkit because you can never be too well equipped!

Teens do as well as talk.

Unlike many other services, talking is not the only method I use. Tweens and teens are great do-ers and sometimes the quickest way to resolution of their issue is through talking AND practical activities- playing a sport, yoga, volunteering, writing, artwork, engaging in a new hobby, making new friends. I actively support young people to engage in activities that will ensure their progress. The talking helps them to look inwards and reflect, often assisted by art and writing-based activities, and other activities encourage them to look outwards – a healthy balance that everyone needs to be happy.

For those wishing to meet face-to-face in Bristol or Wells, Somerset, sessions are often held while on the move, walking around the local area. This is an incredibly effective way to engage the most therapy-resistant young people.

A strengths-based approach.

Focusing on the positives in their lives and their strengths and building on them plays a central role in boosting self-esteem and their belief that they can make successful changes in their lives. Again, this is where practical activities can be more powerful than words.

Working collaboratively, ensuring wrap-around support.

Unlike many other services I actively seek to liaise with all the key professionals in the young person’s life (where appropriate and with your permission) for example at school or in the health services to ensure that your child is receiving consistent support in all areas and to ensure we are all “singing from the same song sheet”. Where appropriate I will seek to engage other services in the support of your child.

Parental/carer support.

Knowing that your child is unhappy and the problems that can come with their emotions and behaviour is incredibly stressful. I offer support to you as well as your tween/teen, to ensure that you can be as supportive of them as possible.

No child is unworkable.

Many tweens and teens are all but given up on by schools, health services, social workers and others as they try to engage them and fail. This is particularly true for young people who manifest their problems in antisocial behaviour. Many workers will then refuse to work with them any longer. I specialise in reaching these young people. There is always hope.

Sessions can be offered to fit around your tween/teens schedule, at a frequency to suit your budget.

Click below to book your FREE initial parental consultation so we can discuss your child’s specific needs and so I can answer any questions you may have.
Together we can achieve change.

Latest testimonials:

Finally understood

I have spoken to so many professionals, trying to get help for my ADHD son. It was such a relief to find Sam. After feeling like no one understood what we were going through, Sam did. She has helped me manage my son's emotions and helped him so much. My son actually looks forward to meeting with her which is not like my son!
Teenage Whisperer consulting teen therapy mental health for teens
2023-12-05T12:03:31+00:00
I have spoken to so many professionals, trying to get help for my ADHD son. It was such a relief to find Sam. After feeling like no one understood what we were going through, Sam did. She has helped me manage my son's emotions and helped him so much. My son actually looks forward to meeting with her which is not like my son!

Gets you talking

Instead of talking about stuff all the time, I have done so many other thing like drawing or breething exercises. I don't like talking too much when I don't know someone. Sam made it easy to talk tho. And she was reely good at giving me stuff to do that reely helped with my anxiety.

R

Teenage Whisperer consulting teen therapy mental health for teens
2023-12-05T12:10:50+00:00

R

Instead of talking about stuff all the time, I have done so many other thing like drawing or breething exercises. I don't like talking too much when I don't know someone. Sam made it easy to talk tho. And she was reely good at giving me stuff to do that reely helped with my anxiety.

Just do it

If you are wondering whether to get in contact with Sam just do it. You won't regret it.

Parent

Teenage Whisperer consulting teen therapy mental health for teens
2023-12-05T12:05:25+00:00

Parent

If you are wondering whether to get in contact with Sam just do it. You won't regret it.

You can tell her anything

The best bit about Sam is that you can tell her anything and I don't need to worry what she's going to say. I can say stuff to her that I wouldn't say to my Mum. I have told her stuff that I've never told anyone before. It helps me so much when I can just talk without worrying.

P

Teenage Whisperer consulting teen therapy mental health for teens
2023-12-05T12:24:04+00:00

P

The best bit about Sam is that you can tell her anything and I don't need to worry what she's going to say. I can say stuff to her that I wouldn't say to my Mum. I have told her stuff that I've never told anyone before. It helps me so much when I can just talk without worrying.

She is my family’s angel

The whole family was struggling to cope with my daughter's eating disorder. My daughter was seeing CAMHS but my son needed support because he was getting really angry. Sam helped him so much. He is now so much calmer. She helped me too- I don't know what I would have done without her.

Parent

Teenage Whisperer consulting teen therapy mental health for teens
2023-12-05T11:57:51+00:00

Parent

The whole family was struggling to cope with my daughter's eating disorder. My daughter was seeing CAMHS but my son needed support because he was getting really angry. Sam helped him so much. He is now so much calmer. She helped me too- I don't know what I would have done without her.

I laugh

Sam's funny. She makes me laugh. I don't have much to laugh at at the minute. Its so nice to have some fun. I never thought I'd laugh when getting help and learning how to manage my feelings.

K

Teenage Whisperer consulting teen therapy mental health for teens
2023-12-05T12:27:24+00:00

K

Sam's funny. She makes me laugh. I don't have much to laugh at at the minute. Its so nice to have some fun. I never thought I'd laugh when getting help and learning how to manage my feelings.