When I launched Charter in 2008 about 15% of my intake was 16 to 21 whereas now this age group and their families form around 75% of our client group. We work with mothers and fathers, sisters and brothers and the troubled teenager themselves.
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This percentage increase might represent something negative in that our young people are struggling to cope with the stress and pressures of 21st-century life. But it might also represent their willingness to ask for help. What I found over the years is that it is vital when working with the teenager to work with the family at the same time so that the teenager is not reinforced as ‘the problem’ but simply a manifestation of a bigger problem in the family dynamic. Of course any self-destructive behaviours need to stop and hostile communication needs to change but what works best is when the family is open to exploring the question they always ask: ‘how did we get here?’
At Charter we can provide support for each member of the family, whether that be in one-to-one or in group, for children, teenagers and adults. Sometimes it can take time for the teenager to believe the family aren’t just playing lip service to this approach, but instead are genuinely curious in unravelling an unhealthy family dynamic – so everyone plays a part – so that they can rebuild it with love, kindness and in good humour
Usually teenagers come into therapy because they have asked for it or because the parents strong-arm them into it. Either way we can work with you and with whomever wants to access the support and information, so that you can start to contribute to the solution. It starts with an assessment where we like to meet the teenager and the parents, together and separately, so that we can design a care plan that genuinely works for you.
It’s so rewarding working with this age group, because the changes you make will adjust how you parent, the resulting atmosphere in the family… it only takes one person to change the dance – you have everything to gain
JT (grateful addict – day care)
What makes Charter so special is the way Mandy works with the rest of the team, especially Clare in Tertiary, to create a complete picture of what you need and where you’re at on an almost second by second basis. I felt seen and heard. This made me feel safe enough to get on with the painful risks I needed to take in group to get properly well; the risks I’d spent a whole life avoiding.
ED (wife & mother)
I found the drama triangle and boundary work really useful and consequently I don’t ever feel that I am running on empty. I am kinder to myself. I have the tools now to avoid the pointless circular arguments and accusations that seemed to be an inevitable part of family life, consequently I am happier.
Maggie (Day Care)
Charter gave me my first real glimpse of freedom of my addiction and the will to face another day free of fear. Every single therapist brought their own particular stance into the rooms, and there was as much laughter as tears. We were all led by Mandy Saigari, the bravest and most intuitive people I have ever met. I can only say thank you.