Therapy for teens
When I launched Charter in 2008, about 15% of my intake was of ages 16 to 21.
Now, this age group and their families form around 75% of our client group. With therapy for teens we work with mothers and fathers, sisters and brothers alongside the troubled teenager themselves.
The percentage increase of our intake might represent something concerning, that our young people are struggling to cope with the stress and pressures of 21st-century life. It might also represent their willingness to ask for help.
What I found over the years is that it is vital to work the family at the same time when working with the teenager. This is 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 – children, teens and adults – whether that be by referring you for one-to-one therapy with one of our recommended therapists, by providing a safe forum for you all to communicate, or by encouraging you to attend a group. We are here to help.
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 wherein we like to meet the teenager and the parents, together and separately, so that we can then 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, and change the resulting atmosphere in the family.
It only takes one person to change the dance – you have everything to gain.
M.M - OUTPATIENT PROGRAMME
I made the call, listened and got to work. It was the best call I ever made. Charter shone the light on the darkness and made it a safe place for me to step out into the light. With courage, honesty, and compassion, I now show up for life every day, I now show up for me every day.
I am so very grateful to all of the team at Charter. They are professional, they are fun, and most of all, they really really care!
D.T - OUTPATIENT PROGRAMME
The work is comprehensive, searching and at times, uncomfortable. But it's absolutely necessary. My advice to anyone struggling with addiction who's thinking about going is very simple. Do it. Throw in the towel.
Get yourself into group, open up, get honest.
As Mandy would say, 'get some skin in the game'.
MAGGIE - OUTPATIENT PROGRAMME
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 groups, and there was as much laughter as tears.
We were all led by Mandy Saligari, the bravest and most intuitive people I have ever met. I can only say thank you.
J.T, grateful addict - OUTPATIENT PROGRAMME
What makes Charter so special is the way Mandy works with the rest of the team 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.
E.D - 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.