'Helping young people deal with anxiety'

Anxiety is the most common mental health issue facing young people today.  It affects up to 1 in 3 children under the age of 18

People nowadays are more anxious than ever before. They are faced with demanding schedules, high expectations, competing and ongoing pressure from multiple avenues such as work, school, friends, family and often most intensely self-imposed.  As adults struggle to manage with this, are we surprised that so many young people are struggling too?

Often young people lack the tools to manage these feelings, and when combined with their still-developing sense of identity, these feelings can become overwhelming. Too often this results in emotional distress, anxiety, low self-confidence and a sense of loneliness.

Talya Ressel has spent the past 15 years working with people to assist in managing their anxiety and to develop tools to cope with those experiences.  While her clients range in ages, she has a particular interest in working with young people and their families.   She is an experienced social worker with her private practice based in Cape Town and is often providing useful resources through her TV and radio appearances and blog posts.

Areas of focus


  • Understanding and managing anxiety and its impact on daily life

  • Developing tools for expression and management of those emotions

  • Exploring what that means for the person, the couple, the parents or the family

  • Supporting the understanding of the traits of High Sensitivity in people, especially children

  • Working with parents to enhance their own skills to encourage growth and resilience in the family

Appearing on 'Expresso' TV

On Air at Kfm

On Air at CapeTalk

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Sea Point Medical Centre

1 Kloof Rd, Sea Point 8005


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