Working Therapeutically with Adolescents in Private Practice

Course Title: ‘Sturm und Drang’: The Dilemmas of Working Therapeutically with Adolescents in Private Practice
Rebecca Kirkbride
Duration: 1 hour 17 minutes
Cost: £30

This Training Video captures all the key learning points from our live training workshop with Rebecca Kirkbride on working therapeutically with children and young people aged 11-18 years.

Working therapeutically with children and young people in private practice almost inevitably raises issues and dilemmas not ordinarily present in adult work. Working with this group frequently raises issues around therapeutic boundaries, confidentiality, contracting arrangements, and child protection.

Unlike adult work, working with young people generally brings practitioners into contact with the client’s parents, even if it just to arrange payment of the bill. The practitioner is tasked with forming a relationship with the parent which allows the therapy to be supported as necessary, while also maintaining the boundaries which will keep the work confidential and the client’s needs central.

This Training Video also contains discussion summaries from the live workshop, and case studies which you can pause and reflect on.


  • To highlight some of the dilemmas that practitioners are likely to encounter when working with this group in private practice.

  • To provide and develop well-informed and thought through methods for working with such dilemmas in practice.

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The Trainer

Rebecca Kirkbride is a BACP senior accredited counsellor of adults, children and young people and the author of Counselling Children and Young People in Private Practice: A Practical Guide (Karnac Books, 2015).

Rebecca trained originally in psychotherapeutic counselling at the University of Sussex. After completing this training in 2002 she went on to work for many years with children and young people in a variety of settings including primary and secondary schools as well as in community settings and private practice.

During this time Rebecca managed counselling services in several local schools providing counselling to students as well as support and supervision to staff. She provided trainings on areas such as attachment theory and facilitated workshops for colleagues on working toward accreditation.

Rebecca is currently working in private practice in Brighton. She sees adults, children and young people as well as offering clinical supervision to other practitioners who are working with these groups.