Being a teenager holds a unique set of challenges! Teenagers are often under a great deal of stress and can be overwhelmed by their many social and family pressures. Teenagers struggle with different issues than adults such as identity and peer pressure. Therefore, providing teens with the opportunity to take part in their own counseling allows them to cultivate skills that foster independence. Therapy for adolescents can help teens improve their overall well-being as well as functioning at home, school, within the family, and with peers/social environment.
Common reasons adolescents/teens go to counseling:
- acting out or disregarding rules
- school failure or school refusal
- struggles with peer or family relationships
- signs of Anxiety or Depression
- suicidal Thoughts
- increasing coping skills
- social skills
- parent separation & divorce
- development of healthy personal identity/Self-esteem
- life Transitions
Questions Your Teens May Have
Why would I see a counselor?
- To find better ways to handle overwhelming emotions or thoughts.
- Learn new ways to help you feel better.
- To better understand yourself.
- Have someone to talk to.
What kinds of things can I talk about with my counselor?
- Anything you want to talk about.
What can I expect in a counseling session?
- In counseling you are approached as the expert on your life and your experiences. You will receive support and guidance, and your thoughts and feelings will be heard without judgement or criticism. We will work together to best reach the goals that you set for yourself and to create positive change.
Parents of Teens
Sometimes parents need guidance and support to navigate through the many stressful arenas of parenting teenagers. If you are struggling or frustrated and need help in any of the following areas, let’s talk!
- what to say or how to help when your teen is struggiling with mental illness, self harm or suicidal thoughts
- making decisions that will impact your teen
- navigating the school system
- managing social media or media influences
- address peer related issues
- understand developmental issues
- have difficult conversations
- positive parenting strategies
- life transitions (move, changing schools, changes in family)
- want to improve the child/parent relationship