How To Get Young People Ready for Social Media: Focus on Mental Fitness

JUNE2015 043 As a passionate advocate for adolescent mental health, I have developed a strategy for parents who wish to prepare their children to manage well on social media. How does the strategy work? It focuses on their mental fitness. I meet many young people who end up in serious difficulty online and so knowing how to get young people mentally fit and ready for social media  really matters. If you wish to help your child build mental fitness for their online life, my book on this topic will be published soon. In the meantime,sign up for the free download containing tips on how to get started. 

I am a Systemic Psychotherapist,with a passion for MENTAL FITNESS. I am accredited with the Family Therapy Association of Ireland (FTAI) and the Irish Council for Psychotherapy (ICP). I am an Executive member of the FTAI, a contributor to The Irish Times, and I work in private practice in Skerries and Rush, North Co Dublin. I work with adults,adolescents and children who may be experiencing depression, eating disorders, relationship difficulties, self-esteem issues, post-traumatic stress or suicidal ideation. I work with couples and adults in relation to sexual difficulties and porn addiction.

I am strongly influenced by ideas relating to Narrative Therapy and Social Constructionism. Because of this, my basic beliefs are that all people are experts on their own lives and while I  have expertise in the area of my work, clients are the most expert in relation to their own life. With that in mind, therapy is very much a job myself and clients embark on together when we  start to resolve whatever they wish to resolve. Beginning Psychotherapy is not necessarily easy but neither at times, for any of us, is life.Psychotherapy can really make a massive difference in so many ways. You do not need to be hopeful of success in order to begin the therapeutic  journey.  You only need to be ready to begin. As the esteemed and brilliant poet, Brendan Kennelly has said…  “In a world that dreams of ending, that always seems about to give in, something that will not acknowledge conclusion, insists that we forever begin.’ Begin or not………..It’s always a choice