Psychotherapy with adolescents usually happens with more separation from the parents, as adolescence is a time of transition into adulthood and independence. Initially, a phone consultation with a parent is sufficient before commencing the one to one therapy. While some contact with parents is crucial throughout the course of the work, this does not involve breaking confidentiality. Therefore parents must be prepared to know little about the content of their son/daughter’s sessions.


As with younger children, a confidential approach is employed, with the proviso that any serious concerns for the safety and well being of the young person would be discussed with them, and then contact with a responsible adult in the young person’s life would be sought in order to keep them safe.