Adolescent Therapy

Individual Psychotherapy

Lydia-Anne provides individual psychotherapy for adolescents between the ages of 13-17. The therapeutic process commences with an intake interview with the adolescent’s parent(s) or caregiver(s) in order to obtain background information regarding the adolescent’s developmental history, medical history, scholastic history, family background, social adjustment and the presenting problem. An appointment with the adolescent is made thereafter.

Individual psychotherapy is provided for the following presenting problems:

  • Adjustment difficulties
  • Anger management
  • Anxiety, Panic attacks, Phobias
  • Behavioural problems
  • Body image
  • Bullying
  • Depression and other Mood disorders
  • Discipline problems
  • Eating disorders
  • Relationship problems
  • Self-esteem problems
  • Self-harm/Mutilation behaviours
  • Study/exam difficulties and performance anxiety
  • Substance abuse
  • Suicide
  • Loss and bereavement
  • Trauma
  • Other psychiatric disorders

How many sessions are needed?

The number of sessions needed is dependent on the adolescent’s presenting problem, the adolescent’s personality and the time it takes for a therapeutic relationship to be established between the adolescent and the psychologist. A minimum of six sessions is generally required for the adolescent to develop a relationship of trust and to start allowing the psychologist into their emotional world.

 

Scholastic Assessment

Lydia-Anne provides scholastic assessment for children and adolescents aged 7-16. A scholastic assessment is generally used for children or adolescents who are experiencing academic or behavioural problems. Scholastic assessments provide a differential picture of the child or adolescent’s strengths and weaknesses, which include their learning ability, general knowledge, judgement, concentration, spatial perception, basic perceptual and concept-forming abilities, visual motor skills etc. The profile obtained from the assessment can be used for counselling and as a clinical or diagnostic aid.

How does the scholastic assessment process work?

Lydia-Anne initially meets with the adolescent and their parent(s) or caregiver(s) for an intake interview in order to gain background information regarding the adolescent’s developmental history, medical history, scholastic history, family background, social adjustment and the presenting problem. A date for the assessment is made thereafter.

The assessment may take place over two or more sessions, depending on the adolescent’s age, the presenting problem and the assessment instruments utilized.

Following the scholastic assessment a feedback session with the parent(s) or caregivers will be scheduled. During the feedback session the results of the assessment will be discussed. A written report will be provided to the adolescent’s parent(s) or caregiver(s) at this time.

 

Subject-Choice Assessment Grade 9

Lydia-Anne provides subject-choice assessment to learners in grade 9 wanting to choose subjects for grades 10-12.  The assessment consists of an interview with the learner and his/her parent(s) or caregiver(s), a psychometric assessment of personality, aptitude, interests and values, an individual feedback session as well as a written report with results and recommendations.

 

Career Assessment Grade 11 and 12

Lydia-Anne provides career assessment to learners in grade 11 and 12 wanting to make career decisions involving tertiary-level training at University, College and Apprenticeships etc. The assessment consists of an interview with the learner and his/her parent(s) or caregiver(s), a psychometric assessment of personality, aptitude, interests, values and readiness and maturity to make a career decision, an individual feedback session as well as a written report with results and recommendations.