THERAPY FOR Young people

When I launched Charter in 2008, about 15% of my caseload was children and young people. Now, this age group and their families form around 75% of our client group. With therapy for young people we prefer to work with the whole family as well as any individual. Understanding the family dynamic can help each person to make a difference without being held hostage by someone else’s resistance to change.

If you are interested in therapy for your child and would like us to make a recommendation, please complete our enquiry form or call us on 020 7323 4970.


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 with the family at the same time as working with the young person to avoid labelling the child as ‘the problem’ and instead seeing them as a manifestation of the family dynamic that can be explored.

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 often ask: ‘how did we get here?’

At Charter we can provide qualified support for each member of the family – children, teens and adults – whether by referring you for individual 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 young people come into therapy because they have asked for it or because the parents insist on it. Either way, we can work with you and with whomever wants to access the support and information, so that you can start to live in the solution. It starts with an assessment where we like to meet the family together and separately, so that we can then design a careplan 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.

Therapy for teens


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!


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.



The Living Well Programme immediately cut right to the core of my issues and I started to soften and develop as an individual. At times it was painful, but at always I felt held by the programme.

I did not feel just like a number. The care and the attention of the whole Charter team never faltered. The main therapists are phenomenally skilled and the group dynamic was supportive, yet challenging. I have made connections and friendships I expect to last a lifetime.


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.  I can only say thank you.


What makes Charter so special is the way that the team work together 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.

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