Teen Therapy (Individual and Family)
Teens…Do you feel like your parent(s) or caregiver don’t understand you? Are your parents always nagging? Are your parents divorcing and no one understands how you feel? Are you in foster care and feel abandoned?
Parents…Is your relationship with your teenager in a continual state of conflict? Do you believe finding a better way to communicate can alleviate your conflict with your teenager? Is your teenager pushing rules and boundaries and you are not sure how to get back on track?
Most of us remember our teenage years as a combination of great fun, burgeoning freedom, and a tremendous amount of stress. During this time our hormone levels are skyrocketing, making us feel emotionally out of control. We also feel a greater need to perform well academically and fit into social circles. All of this stress can take its toll on a teen’s mental health and overall well-being.
Common Life Challenges Among Teens
Teens can often face some serious life challenges that impact their mental health and well-being.
- Criminal or Delinquency Problems
- Loss – Loss can come in the form of a death of a loved one, including a pet, and it can also come in the form of parental separation or divorce. A loss also happens when a family moves to a new location and the teen must go to a new school.
- Stress – A little stress is normal in life and can even be motivating. But too much stress can cause burnout at any age. Many teens face tremendous amounts of stress to do well in school, hold down a job, and be accepted by their peers.
- Low Self-Esteem
- Substance Use
- Violence – Teens that are bullied at school or at home suffer, and are often alone. If not dealt with, the aftermath of violence can result in PTSD symptoms.
This is not an exhaustive list of reasons why a teen may want to speak with a therapist by any means.
Based on the above list, the teen would go to therapy with their parent(s) or caregiver and sometimes even with siblings. This style of therapy can be very beneficial as it allows the family to communicate effectively and respectfully.
If you think your teen could benefit from family therapy, please reach out to me.