Individual Counselling and Psychotherapy for Adolescents
with Fiona Masterson and Colman Noctor.
Both psychodynamic and attachment theory consider adolescence as the developmental phase of separation/individuation and an opportunity to further develop a sense of others and our place in the world. Holding this in mind, when working with clients under 18, the client’s individual needs are considered with the parents and as such parents are included in the therapeutic process. This may involve 10 minutes feedback at the end of each session or phone calls at agreed intervals. The content of feedback is always discussed and agreed with clients. Work with adolescents under the age of 18 includes awareness of the different levels of confidentiality that apply and the ethical and statutory guidelines around risk and reporting of such. The Children’s First Act and guidelines lay out the appropriate procedures and protocols.