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Helping Anxious Adolescents

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I often ask the adolescents that I work with, "What top tips would you say, help with anxiety?" the firm favourite is using the Calm Anchor, a calming and regulating technique. What is an Anchor? An Anchor is a way of changing or altering a state or emotion, an example being, when we hear music, or see a particular colour. It can be a trigger to a change in emotion. An Anchor can be imagined or real. An Anchor can help when we want to change a negative state to a more helpful one. Safe Place Anchor. Remember or imagine a place you feel calm and safe. As you remember your safe place take some deep breaths in and out. Remember or imagine it as if you are there experiencing it through your eyes. Use all of your senses to look around you and notice what you see, notice the colours, the sounds, textures, smells and how calm you feel. Make the image as big and bold as you want and when you notice yourself feeling really calm and safe, put your finger and thumb together of your righ

The Amazing Adolescent Brain.

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Whilst working with adolescents I often get asked to explain what's happening in the teenage brain. I share this really great video by Dan Siegel. https://youtu.be/0O1u5OEc5eY If you or your adolescent think you may benefit from some Counselling or Psychotherapy, or Coaching, please get in touch at www.impactnorthwest.co.uk Emma Appleby is the Clinical Director of Impact North West, providing:- Counselling, Psychotherapy and Coaching to Adults and Adolescents.

How can Parents help an Anxious Teenager?

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When working with Adolescents who are experiencing Anxiety, parents always ask how they can best  help their teenager, I offer the following ideas and like referencing, Dan Siegel's work on how the Adolescent brain works, it's fascinating.  Modelling our own emotional  regulation can really help adolescents. Keep body language open and clear, and state what you’re feeling. Facial expression and body language can be misinterpreted by adolescents and can lead to heightened emotions like anxiety. Listening without jumping in to fix, is a great way to enable your teenager to be able to think independently.  When they are sharing something difficult with you, it’s great to ask,” How can I help?  Do you want advice, or me  to listen,” this is a great way to validate and promote emotional regulation and problem solving.  It helps to say, “So what you’re saying is------,” adolescents need to feel heard. Acknowledge what your adolescent feels- say, “So you’re feeling-----”, this validat

Feeling Stressed or Worried?

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Counselling and Psychotherapy can really help. I often work with individuals who want help with Stress, often caused by a major life change or a decision that's been difficult to make. Therapy can support individuals by working through Stress, enabling clarity and problem solving. If you are suffering with Stress or Worry and think you would benefit from some support get in touch at www.impactnorthwest.co.uk Emma Appleby is the Clinical Director of Impact North West, providing:- Counselling, Psychotherapy and Coaching to Adults and Adolescents.

Adolescent Anxiety and Brain Development.

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Sadly, due to the impact of the Covid 19 Pandemic, social isolation and the restrictions that have come with it, anxiety is on the rise. My Counselling and Psychotherapy practice has seen a huge increase in referrals for help with anxiety in both adults and particularly, teenagers. So one of the most frequent questions I get asked by parents is, " How can I help my teenager with anxiety?"  Studies on the teenage  brain are increasingly  revealing why anxiety is heightened during adolescence. Scientists  have focused on the connection between the brain's Limbic System, particularly the Amygdala  and the Prefrontal Cortex. These connections  are essential  for regulating emotions. The Amygdala  and  Prefrontal Cortex connections  are slow to  develop during adolescence. This means that connections  in the brain that help  to  regulate emotions  are in flux during this development  period, making the adolescent particularly  vulnerable  to anxiety and stress. Alongside the s

How do Children and Adolescents understand Grief?

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Sadly, because of the impact of the Covid 19 Pandemic, many of us are coming into contact with grief and loss more frequently. As a Counsellor and Psychotherapist working with Children and Adolescents, parents will often ask me, how can they help their child cope with bereavement and loss? I often refer to this video from Child Bereavement  UK. https://youtu.be/cBA2U_AFBng If you or anyone in your family has been affected by bereavement and feel that Counselling would help, please get in touch at www.impactnorthwest.co.uk Emma Appleby is the Clinical Director of Impact North West, providing:- Counselling, Psychotherapy and Coaching to Adults and Adolescents.