Adolescent Emotional Assessment

Adolescent Emotional Assessment

Adolescents also respond well to the informal and unstructured sandplay assessment method and usually provide worlds which comprise deeper symbolic content and clearly show the degree to which the young person is able to engage creatively and let go of inhibitions.

Discussions about the sandtray construction create a space in which elements of their world are analysed and links are made with the adolescent’s presenting problems.

This non-threatening and non-judgmental approach provides both the adolescent and me a starting point for therapy and also becomes a symbolic creation that is continually referred to.

More formal assessment is also useful when assessing adolescents and in this regard I make use of personality questionnaires that are scored and which provide a profile which can be discussed with adolescents and their parents.

Adolescents are usually faced with the challenges of forming a sense of identity, and a clearer picture of who they really are (and are becoming) is often a central focus of therapy.

These profiles provide a useful road-map for issues that need to be dealt with, especially learning to cope with emotions such as anxiety, depression, and feelings of inadequacy in academic and social situations.

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