For Adolescents and Young Adults
People still have the prejudice that people who seek psychotherapeutic help are somehow “crazy”. In fact, in most countries across the world psychotherapists work with “normal” people. Usually, these people only have difficulties with dealing with certain challenges and experiences during a short period of time. Almost all people need a little support at some point in their lives and most of them consult a psychotherapist to understand what is going on and improve their lives.
So what actually is Psychotherapy?
Psychotherapy literally means: healing of the soul. It offers help with anxiety, depression, eating disorders, family crises, conflicts and many other things. Psychotherapy helps when you realise that you want to change your situation but you don't quite know how.
There are many different reasons why people decide to receive therapy. Here are some examples:
- You are afraid of certain situations, people, things or animals.
- You often have difficulties with other people (for instance, your parents, teachers, friends).
- You often feel beaten down and you lack joy in life.
- You are in a difficult situation (for instance, your parents split up).
- You feel spiritless, exhausted and constantly overwhelmed.
- You often suffer from thoughts or fears that you might be embarrassed about.
- You find it difficult to fall asleep or sleep throughout the night.
- You would like to like yourself better.
- You have a racing heart and are afraid of dying.
- You are being bullied by schoolmates.
- You think about suicide sometimes.
What happens in therapy?
Every appointment is 50min long. During our first meeting, we mainly get to know each other, as this is important. You need to feel comfortable here and figure out if you can see yourself coming here at least once a week for a while.
I will explain to you how I work. I am interested in why you want to come see me. You can decide whether you want to do this by yourself or with your mother and/or father together. After the first few appointments, you get to decide whether getting therapy might be the right thing for you and if it is, whether I am the right therapist for you. On the other hand, I will also tell you if I think that I can help you.
Usually psychotherapy relies on verbal communication. I will ask you questions to help you to understand your situation better and find solutions to improve the quality of your life. Of course, I’m always open to your questions, should you have any. It goes without saying that therapy is always voluntary.
Before we start working together, you might want to talk about why you want to come to therapy. Sometimes people seek for help to learn how to express the feelings that they have learned to hold in, because they might not be socially accepted. More often, people’s feelings and emotions come up in the context of reaching objectives, such as improving relationships or assertiveness.
Sometimes parents have some acute and urgent ideas why they want their child to go to therapy. But as it is your therapy, you choose what we will work on. The therapy will be about your wishes and needs.
Every therapy is different. You might question the therapeutic process every now and then, and you might ask yourself if it is even worth all the effort. You will take steps forward and sometimes steps backwards. It is all part of the therapy, just like crises and highlights. Both can be indicators for turning points in your life.
How much information will be shared with my parents?
Your parents will only be told what you allow me to tell them. The one exception is to protect you from any self-harming behaviour.
How long will the therapy last?
That's a difficult question to answer. It really depends on how much the problems affect your life, how long this has been going on and what kind of support you are receiving from your environment. Sometimes, the therapy lasts a few months and sometimes one or two years until we start seeing each other irregularly, until one day we will eventually say goodbye to each other.
How often will I have to come?
We usually meet once a week. During a very difficult time, we might even see each other twice a week. Of course, this will only happen if you agree to it.
Towards the end of the therapy, the intervals between sessions will become larger, until one day you won't need my help anymore.
It is very important for you to understand that we meet regularly for your therapy to work and be successful. In contrast to seeing your GP, you go to see a therapist even if you are feeling good.
Psychotherapy – Is it for me?
As therapists, we know that sometimes adolescents like you just aren't that excited about seeking out therapeutic help. But sometimes you have to give therapy a chance. Most people know relatively quickly if they feel comfortable with the psychotherapeutic setting and especially with their therapist. But you can only figure that out if you've tried it. A lot of mental disorders show up for the first time during childhood or adolescence. Therefore, early treatment is very important so that you can start your adult life strengthened and healthy.
You can check out this interesting website that deals with emotions here.
How do I register?
From the age of 15, adolescents can register by themselves and make an appointment with me. Young adults from the age of 22 work with an adult therapist.
If you don't want to contact me by yourself, your parents can do that, of course.
You can get in contact with me via either email or phone.