Bullying is a prevalent problem with today’s teens with approximately 20-25% of students age 12-18 having experienced bullying. Too often a young person will not disclose bullying at school or on social media because:
They fear a parent’s reaction could make things worse.
They perceive that being picked on is their own fault and eventually the abuse will stop.
They believe they will be judged as inadequate by their peer group or significant others.
They do not want to worry the busy parent struggling to pay school fees.
Cognitive Behavior Therapy (CBT) is a good approach for working with teens It addresses emotional vulnerability at a crucial time in a young person’s life, is short in duration compared with some other therapeutic approaches and evidence suggests it is very effective in reducing symptoms of anxiety, depression and trauma often accompanying experiences of teen bullying.
Therapy can benefit those adolescents who have experienced bullying by:
- Improving communication with others
- Coping with fears
- Developing and actioning positive coping mechanisms and skills to help the current situation
- Examining and challenging destructive negative thoughts
- Improving self-esteem and self confidence
Morency Therapy & Consulting Rooms provide bullying counselling for South Birmingham and Worcestershire, including Alvechurch, Barnt Green, Bromsgrove and Redditch.