Dr Steph Adam a retired accredited British of Association Counsellor with 18 years counselling experience is now a creative writer and specialises in writing psychological topics in friendly language for the general reader. Her first book The Dream Interpreters: Which One of None was the result of Steph successfully completing a Doctorate Degree into how analysing dreams can promote self-awareness about waking life situations without the need for therapy.
During her career Steph has worked extensively with adolescents between the ages of 11 and 18 years, firstly as a support worker, then as a counsellor helping gay and bi-sexual young men and women. Following on from this, Steph counselled adolescents at schools in North Yorkshire, and finally she was the Lead Counsellor for York College student counselling service for four years. Steph has a particular interest in providing support and advice to adolescents, as she believes this stage is crucial to young people’s abilities to form meaningful relationships and live fulfilling lives.
Her latest book The Effect of Social Media on Adolescent’s Mental Health and Well-Being is the result of three years research into why young people today are so engrossed in social media. She first became interested in this subject when observing how some adolescents were so obsessed with their mobile phones when walking to school. This observation caused Steph to question why their activities on their mobile phones were so important that nothing distracted them from what they were doing, even crossing the road safely. Researching this topic has highlighted risks for adolescents applying some social media platforms to their everyday life, and the need for responsible adults to monitor such platforms. Steph has combined her research skills with her counselling experience to produce a self–help guide for parents (including adult caregivers) and teachers providing helpful information and advice on how to keep adolescents safe from the dangers of this new phenomenon. To keep a balanced view, she has also incorporated in her book when it can be helpful for adolescents to access some social media websites.
Steph lives in York with her dog Daisy and when she is not writing she likes to travel, go to theatres or the cinema, eating out with friends and family, and listens to country music. She is currently learning to dance the Margaret Morris Method of dance and reads books by Scandinavian authors such as Jo Nesbo and Camilla Lackberg.
Image of Steph and Daisy by James McHugh
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