Young People and Teenagers
from 11 years old
We believe you want to be happy, confident and feel like you belong in this world.
If you don't feel this way or are troubled by any of the difficulties listed below, contact us.
We can help you. For examples of how we help, see the client stories below.
Call +44 (0) 333 800 3454
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Are you troubled by ?
- Low mood and feeling overwhelmed
- Fears or Phobias
- Low confidence
- Dislike of your body or a part of it
- Family breakup or change
- Changing school or level (transitions)
- How to make and keep friends
- Low Self-esteem
- Sexual Health or Intimacy concerns
- Anxiety or Worries
- Swings in emotion
- Obsessive Compulsiveness (OCD)
- Bullies or your desire to bully
- Needing to get things right, be perfect
- Feeling like you don’t fit in
- Exam pressure
We care. We are kind.
Composure Psychology Therapists care about you.
Our mission is to help you feel better.
We work with you and if you choose, your parents or guardian. We help young people and teenagers thrive.
We use talking therapy to help you to understanding how difficulties have come about, what is keeping them going and help you learn healthy ways to manage difficulties.
Our therapists talk with you about how to overcome worries, fears and obstacles. We assist you to build resilience. This is your ability to cope with what ever life throws your way and 'bounce back' during and after a difficulty.
Composure helps you to feel better, develop your independence and grow your confidence in your identity and sense of belonging.
What does our help look like?
Here are some examples of how we have helped young and teenage clients in the past.
Our clients have granted permission for their story to be shown here or we have combined stories from different clients to protect confidentiality.
Different names and pictures have been used to protect identities.
12-years old, Student
Fear of the dark & worry about school
One of our Clinical Psychologists met Oliver and his Mother together and individually, to find out about the difficulties and to understand their goals for therapy. Oliver said he felt scared, when he woke up at night, was at home or walking home in the dark: he wanted the horrible feeling to stop.
Oliver cried, which was OK with us. He said he felt embarrassed and it was hard when he didn’t do well on a test or didn’t come first in something he thought he was good at. Oliver explained he worried he would slip behind at school, there was too much homework and teachers didn’t like or notice him, even when he had his hand up.
Oliver came to 14 weekly sessions. The psychologist helped Oliver learn about how fear works in our bodies and minds. They talked about threats and how different types of threat can be misunderstood. Oliver was helped to try out experiments in the dark, with his family and alone, in and out of his home, in a safe way. This helped Oliver to stop avoiding the dark and learn to manage his uncomfortable feelings, work out whether a threat was small or big and discover which new behaviours, thoughts and activities worked best for him to overcome his fear.
When relevant examples came up at school, Oliver was helped to notice that his feelings of embarrassment were completely normal and that he sometimes set too high goals for himself, goals that no person could expect to achieve all the time.
Oliver learned that he often made unhelpful assumptions about what teachers may think about him or their behaviour. He was encouraged to think with the psychologist about how he might go about finding out what the teachers thought and come up with other more helpful reasons for their behaviour. Oliver was also helped to understand why he was frequently looking to others for approval and instead lower his distress by trying out helpful self-talk. Self- talk is often used to remind ourselves that we are doing well and are going to be fine even when others do not say so or seem to notice.
When therapy came to an end Oliver said 'I can learn new skills, and manage fears'. He explained ‘my fear of dark and getting up in the night isn’t as hard anymore’. Oliver rated his fear at the end of therapy at 2.5/10 (where ten equals worst fear) instead of 10/10 when talking therapy started.
He went on to explain ‘I took a break from getting my homework done on the same day yesterday…less pressure…I didn’t worry about my rule of getting homework done in one day even when it is not due to the following week…I have learnt that I can take breaks sometimes’.
17-years old, Student
Low self-esteem & low mood
When Penny called Composure, she was very upset and wanted help with feeling low and crying all the time. Penny didn’t think she was a strong person but we already knew she was brave because she had picked up the phone and asked for help.
Our psychologist met with Penny, discussed her difficulties in more detail and helped her identify specific goals for the therapeutic work. Penny preferred that everything remain confidential from her family, despite their support. That was fine with us and we recommended and agreed with Penny that a brief letter be sent to Penny’s GP.
Penny attended 16 weekly sessions in which she revealed she had begun to self-harm. Past and present factors influencing Penny’s mood were identified and where they were unhelpful, challenged.
New strategies for managing severe upset and high emotions were introduced and practiced in-between sessions. Penny was helped to develop a more compassionate view of herself, reduce her constant comparison to others and reintroduce pleasurable activities.
Over the latter part of therapy, Penny reported that she had started attending a drama class which she was enjoying and she had made new friends. Penny also proudly reported she had not cut herself for over three weeks and didn’t intend to do so again.
In a follow-up session, six months after initial therapy had ended, Penny explained she had only cut herself on one occasion and was currently three and half months free of self-harm. Together we discussed how setbacks are normal and refreshed helpful strategies for preventing and managing any unhelpful urges and relapses.
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