young adult

Young Adult

Young adults swing between becoming an adult and fearful of leaving childhood behind. Parents need to be patient and supportive.

Young Adult

Many young adults find it difficult to understand their feelings and emotions. They often feel frustrated and confused with adults, teachers, parents and siblings, and feel no one understands.

Parents often say, “I have no idea what is going on in my young adults’ life. Anytime I ask a question, they take my head off and accuse me of not listening, not understanding and being nosey. If I ask where they are going, or what time they will be home, I get a look that says you are driving me mad.” Don’t worry, by the law of averages they will return to you as they mature and figure out we are all flawed. Our children are far from perfect but we love every bone in their body unconditionally. As a parent, you might not always get it right, but you will be trying your best.

As our children grow into young adults, we really start to see them coming into their own. They form their own opinions, they often oppose you and they generally change as they leave their childhood behind and enter the adult world of responsibility and accountability. This can be an exciting time for them while having fun and experimenting with many aspects of adult life.

On the other hand, sometimes, this time of change can be very scary for the young adult. They may feel very alone and isolated as they sometimes feel they have no one around to listen to them and understand their challenges. Parents can often feel so worried and confused. “I only make things worse, nothing I say is right.” This is perhaps nature’s way of allowing our children to become independent from parents to allow them to separate.

Below are some of the issues the young adult is dealing with

  • Bereavement and loss
  • Parents illness
  • Younger siblings
  • Self-harm and suicidal thoughts
  • Separated parents and stepfamilies
  • Violence, bullying, anti-social behaviour
  • School issues, exam stress, teenage pregnancy
  • Sleep disturbance, low mood
  • Self-esteem, confidence building
  • Communication and assertiveness
  • Abuse
  • Sexual identity sexual issues
  • Sexuality
  • Alcohol and drug abuse

Counselling helps young adults to discuss their personal experiences leading to better self-awareness and emotional wellbeing. It is vitally important that young adults talk to someone who is experienced with this age group. Some young adults are affected by poor mental health and need patience and sensitive work in order to build resilience and develop new coping skills. It will also help them make better sense of relationships, manage change and explore and give voice to difficulties arising from varying life experiences.

Nightingale’s Young Adult counsellors and psychologists have the experience, know-how and ability to connect and build trust quickly, which is essential when encouraging the young person to open emotionally, often for the first time to an adult. Many young people feel vulnerable, especially if they are having difficulties with adults and sometimes parents.

This is a very specialised area of therapy as it takes a different approach to adult therapy. The therapists work with young adults aged 16 – 25 using a variety of techniques and counselling modalities, allowing the young adult to feel safe to engage, and express their emotions and concerns without judgement.

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The most important thing for me at this point was to feel like I wasn’t alone, that someone understood me enough to help me, that they had the tools to get me out of this hole that I was in. My faith had been restored from the moment I met Dr Hollie, she made me feel safe, understood but also made me feel confident in her ability to guide me through this hell that I was living. After only a few sessions I saw a remarkable difference in myself which I can only put down to Hollie’s incredible ability to guide you to deeper understanding of yourself, behaviours and thoughts whilst providing you the support to move forward.