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18-25 Year Olds

Age 18-25 and considering therapy?

If you’re age 18-25 and considering therapy, then lots of choices are open to you as an adult, and there are lots of places offering some type of therapy…

So why come to The Bridge?  If you’re age 18-25 it’s quite likely that your life is in a state of transition or you have recently had lots of transitions.  Maybe you have left school and started work, or you might be a student, you might be leaving home for the first time or deciding what to do with your life.  It may be that in some ways you feel adult and independent and in other ways you don’t, or that you are anxious about changes on the horizon.  Our therapists are experienced specifically in supporting people at this very important stage of life, through all its changes & ups and downs.  The sorts of things people come to The Bridge to talk about include (but aren’t limited to):

  • exam pressure / anxiety about studying / student life
  • work issues
  • difficult life choices
  • friendships and relationships
  • self-harming & suicidal thoughts
  • gender identity or sexual orientation
  • anxiety about adult life
  • moving away from home
  • feeling “left behind” or unsure about where next in life
  • anxiety
  • depression

What to expect when you get here

You will be offered an initial appointment to meet a therapist and to talk through the sorts of issues or difficulties that have brought you here.  There’s no commitment to come back, you can ask any questions you have and decide if therapy is for you or not.

We are a team of psychodynamic therapists and counsellors: this means that we don’t have an “agenda” or plan for your therapy, you can come and talk about whatever you want and it’s the therapist’s job to make sense of what you are saying & any patterns between the different things you mention.  The therapist can help you to discover things about yourself or the patterns you get into that you might not already know, and will help you to voice thoughts that you might not have been fully aware of before or maybe that felt quite muddled.  The therapist doesn’t have all the answers, but using what you tell them they will start to piece things together and it’s likely they will have some thoughts about what is going on that you haven’t already had yourself. 

Your sessions are confidential, even if someone else is paying for them.  If you want the therapist to share information with someone else then you can ask them to, but otherwise confidentiality would only be broken if the therapist is concerned that you are at risk of serious harm (or someone else is), and that this risk cannot be managed safely between you and the therapist.  In this case the therapist would almost always be able to discuss this with you first and find out what other support you are needing (e.g. support from a GP). 

What if I don’t know what to say?

That’s OK, the therapist is there to help you notice what is going on in your mind (and in your life) and help you find ways to think about it.  You don’t need to arrive with a list of topics to discuss, you can say whatever comes into your mind.  Although it might feel a bit strange at first if this is your first experience of therapy, most people soon get used to it and can make use of the time in whatever way feels most useful.  There’s no “right” and “wrong” way to use your therapy time.

How do I get an appointment?

If you give us a call on 0117 9424510 then you can talk to our referrals co-ordinator who can answer any questions you have about coming for therapy.  She will ask you which days and times are best for you, and will then take a few details like name, address and date of birth, also a contact phone number / email.  We will then try to find an appointment for you – it’s usually quicker if you can be flexible about what times of day you can come and a bit longer if you need an evening appointment or can only come on a particular day.  We will get back to you when we’ve got a time we can offer you.  If you prefer a parent or other person to phone on your behalf initially then that’s fine, but we will need to speak to you in person before we can go ahead and find an appointment as we need to know that we have your permission.

Any other questions?

Do give us a call or email our referrals co-ordinator: christine.lowe@bridgefoundation.org.uk to talk things through.