As well as working with adults, I specialise in working with young people and children with anxiety aged between 13-21 years.
The teenage years can come with multiple challenges. You might be trying to fit into your peer group while attempting to find your own identity. Then there are exams and the expectations placed upon you by your school. You might also be uncertain about what you want for your future.
As a young person, you may have a lot of exposure to social media. This can bring its own issues including insecurities around how you look, comparing yourself to others, and being bullied (cyber-bullying).
All of these pressures may leave you feeling anxious, but there are ways you can address these feelings.
I'm Alan, and I help young people explore and challenge their anxieties
When I was a teenager I was bullied. This made me fearful of trying new experiences in case I was laughed at or judged by my peers.
I've worked with many young people where their anxieties have often held them back, caused frustration, and sometimes led to unhelpful ways of coping.
The male perspective of mental health
Whether you're a young male or adult male, I appreciate how difficult it can be for men to reach out for support as I've struggled with this myself. You may have been told you "should be strong" or that to show your emotions is sign of "weakness". The reality is that these views stem from society's expectations of men, but that's all they are - views - and we don't have to conform to them.
Counselling is a safe place where you can express your emotions without judgment. Being vulnerable can be scary, but it can also be liberating. As a male who found it difficult to talk about my problems, counselling helped me to let my guard down and "made it okay" to talk about how I felt.
My experience and qualifications
I've previously been a youth worker, running projects to support young people into employment. I also have experience of delivering both individual and group therapeutic interventions within schools and children's centres. I've worked with some of the harder to engage children and young people, and their families, in and around Staffordshire.
As well as my private practice, I work as a Counsellor for a national mental health charity with both adults, and children and young people.
- Certificate in Counselling Supervision
- Post-Graduate Diploma in Counselling Studies
- Graduate Diploma Counselling
- Foundation skills in Counselling
I'm a Registered Member of the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy, abiding by their Ethical Framework.
I've helped many young people and children with anxiety to move through their fears, so don't let yours hold you back.