Counseling for Adolescents & Teens
Adolescence is a difficult time for tweens, teens, and parents. Adolescence is a developmental period marked by tremendous physical, emotional, and social changes. Growing into adolescence, teens begin striving for an increased sense of independence, begin identifying more with their peers and friend groups, and even begin engaging in risky behaviors. All of this is normal as your child is feeling their way into what it will be like to be an independent and healthy adult.
As you notice these changes, you may also begin to notice some fear, uncertainty, or even panic in yourself. This may be due to normal adjustments required by adapting to your child’s development, or it may also be an indicator that there is actually something more going on for your teenager. If this is the case, we can help.
Common concerns and issues for teens:
- Failing grades
- Being gifted, different
- High sensitivity
- Gender Identity
- Friends/peers concerns
- Self harm
- Low self-esteem
- Sexual Orientation
- Navigating Social media
- Substance use
- Withdrawing & Isolation
- Phobias & Fears
Parents can support teens as their brains develop by staying keen on these common issues that many teens have trouble coping with.
How can therapy help?
Therapy may be necessary when problems do not resolve from family and peer support alone and if/when issues seem to be worsening or increasing. Through therapy, we can provide both you and your child, support, encouragement, and education to get them back on the right path, and you feeling safe and confident in your parental role. Therapy is a relationship and in the safety of this relationship, both you and your teenager are given an opportunity to express yourselves, explore without judgment or fear, and practice courage and honesty. In the end, our goal is the same as yours, a healthy developing child, and a happy family.
If you or your teen are feeling overwhelmed and lost, please contact us and we can schedule an appointment today.