Is your sixth form student stressed out of their minds?
Are they anxious or angry, or both?
Are they acting out or shutting down?
Are you looking for either face-to-face support in the Bristol or Wells, Somerset area or online?
A levels can be an enormously stressful experience, particularly if your teen puts a large amount of pressure on themselves and/or their college or school is applying a great deal of pressure too. Your teen may also be contending with special educational needs such as dyslexia, ADHD or autism, or life circumstances such as family illness, grief or social issues that are adding an extra layer of stress. The end result is that your teen’s mental health seriously suffers, home life can become unbearable and their studies take a serious hit too.
Sometimes this stress triggers depression, anxiety, self-harm, anger outbursts or substance misuse. Our teens have so much potential but life circumstances and their ability to manage their emotions can sometimes get in the way. Getting to the heart of what is triggering them and establishing the skills they need to aquire to cope and develop resilience is central to getting them back to their best-functioning selves- happy and productive.
It can be difficult for parents to know what to do in these circumstances, worrying about saying the wrong thing, worrying about making things worse and not better. You want to help, but you don’t know how. Talking to an expert outside of home and outside of college/school can make the world of difference. Being able to meet with Sam online from the convenience and comfort of home or boarding house also makes it a practical solution for you and your teen, fitting around busy schedules.
Ready to book your free initial parental consultation to discuss your child’s specific 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 20 years experience working with, studying and writing about adolescent emotional and behavioural problems, predominantly within education and youth justice settings and in private practice. I have helped countless A level students address issues around stress, anxiety, depression, self-harm, anger and social skills and equipped them with the practical skills they need to succeed in managing their emotions, their time, their studies and their social lives. In addition I have particular expertise in addressing the particular challenges associated with neuordivergence (dyslexia, ADHD and autism in particular).
My mission is to equip our wonderful (but sometimes challenging) teens with the positive resilient growth mindset needed for them to not only succeed in sixth form, but to be able to successfully face whatever the world may bring as they embark on their young adult lives.
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. Teens are great do-ers and sometimes the quickest way to resolution of their issue is through talking AND practical activities- playing a sport, walking, getting out in nature, yoga, writing and artwork for example. 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 and physically reduce their stress – 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 anxious and even therapy-resistant teens.
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.
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 teen, to ensure that you can be as supportive of them as possible.
Sessions can be offered to fit around your 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.
Such a relief
ADHD & Dyslexic
Should have done it sooner
My stress not his
She actually listens