Renowned therapist and transformation coach, Dr Tanya Stephenson is proud to introduce her new offering to her community: free workshops in schools, specifically aimed at high school students. The workshops are aimed at supporting teenagers to develop a strong sense of identity, equipping them with tools and strategies that will set them up for success as they become more aware of their beliefs and thought patterns.
Dr. Stephenson believes that it is essential for young adults to build a powerful sense of identity in order to achieve success and mental wellbeing. Teenagers face an unprecedented amount of pressure spanning from academic expectations and social pressures that have been further heightened by the after-effects of Covid-19 and lockdowns. To cope with these challenges, it is essential to form a strong sense of their own identity that can guide them in times of difficulty and stress.
She is acutely aware of how a strong sense of self-identity in turn provides teenagers with the foundation to make healthy decisions and have a positive outlook on life. Self-identity helps young people become more resilient, autonomous, and reflective as they navigate important life decisions. With a strong sense of identity, teens are better equipped to handle challenges such as peer pressure and academic stress, along with the challenges of adolescence. On the other hand, when teens lack a strong sense of identity they may grapple with issues such as low self-esteem, which can lead to increased risk-taking behaviours or mental health challenges like anxiety and depression.
More often than not, when adults seek help for anxiety and depression later in life, it tends to stem from experiences they had during childhood and adolescence. Helping students create a powerful identity early on in life can lead to continued positive impacts on mental health into adulthood. “Identity formation is about discovering who you are, developing a sense of self, purpose and direction, and feeling confident in your own skin,” she states.
Dr Tanya Stephenson is a transformational therapist and coach based in Melbourne, Australia. She has worked with a wide range of clients, from business owners to athletes, stay-at-home moms, single dads and corporate professionals. Through her unique approach and toolbox of skills, she has helped them to make significant progress in different areas of their lives.
To find out more about Dr Tanya Stephenson and to book her for high school workshops, visit www.drtanyastephenson.com.
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