Young people can feel a huge pressure in modern day life. Bullying (including cyber bullying), sexual orientation and gender identity expression, exam stress, peer pressure, divorce or the burden of social media are all common problems. For many young people this can result in everyday low mood, worries, fears and panic. The more these symptoms are ignored or avoided, the worse it can get. Some young people may secretly struggle emotionally and find it difficult to share how they are feeling with anyone, often through embarrassment or fear of being judged. If a young person internalises their problems it can then result in them engaging in unhealthy behaviours.

Over time, these difficulties if left untreated, can impact upon their relationships with others, their education and home life as well as affecting confidence and self-esteem. Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) is a highly effective treatment for young people who are struggling to cope with anxiety, low mood and a wide range of other psychological and emotional difficulties and is currently the most commonly recommended type of talk therapy for treating many disorders. When working with young people it is often helpful to ‘blend’ therapies. All this means is using a range of different approaches that works for each individual for example, Mindfulness and Acceptance and Commitment.

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CBT can help your child gain a better understanding of themselves and their relationships as well as navigating their way around life’s challenges. The goal is for them to enhance their strengths and prevent future problem behaviours. Doing this at an early stage can assist young people to develop resilience in the face of adversity and be optimistic about their life. By understanding their own strengths and working on them, CBT provides the opportunity for young people to thrive and for parents  to feel closer to their children.

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You don’t need a G.P referral for your child to see a professional in private practice. If your child is struggling and you would like to discuss how therapy can help, talk to me.

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Information about what Cognitive Behavioural Therapy is and how it can help:


What is CBT?

Royal College of Psychiatrists

CBT for parents and young people

More information about young people’s mental health can be found below:

Anna Freud

Specialist support and services for young people and their families and research, training and treatment centre


Information and support to help young people beat their eating disorders


Supports children and young people.
Call: 0800 1111

Dewis Cymru

Local and national information and well-being service for young people and adults

Cardiff Youth Service

Youth service providing opportunities for young people aged 11 to 25 and support services for LGBTQ+ community

meic cymru

Confidential helpline for support, advice and information for children and young people up to the age of 25. Call: 0808 802 3456

Mind Cymru

Support for young people aged 11 to 18 years and their carers


Provides confidential help and advice to young people who are feeling suicidal and anyone worried about a young person. Call: 0800 068 41 41

Young Minds

Help and advice for young people and their families

If you or someone you know needs help right now, you should if possible try to talk to a parent, carer or trusted adult. 

Last updated, May 2022