Adolescents are continuously developing mentally, emotionally….


 and physically. The teenage years are filled with transitions, stressors, choices, and changes, and they begin seeking more freedom and independence from authority. Teenagers also start the process of discovering their true and authentic self, and may struggle with opening up about deeper issues, which, as a parent, can be frustrating and incomprehensible… which is okay! Parents simply do not have all the answers outlined in front of them in a nice, neat ‘Parenting’ manual. However, parents can support their teen during difficult times by reaching out to a mental health professional offering teen-specialized therapy, interventions, and techniques.

Though every adolescent responds differently to life changes, some situations impact their mental health more so than others, due to a variety of reasons, such as genetics, age, and gender. School stressors like bullying and academics, parental discord or divorce, loss of romantic relationships and interests, and sexuality, can all lead to adolescents feeling alone, unheard, misunderstood, and isolated. With this, mood swings, depression, anxiety, low self-esteem, changes in behaviors and academics, and other struggles, may become more apparent and more of a concern.

The goals of adolescent therapy will vary, as they are individualized to the needs of each teenager. Examples of goals include: learning how to establish and maintain boundaries, creating healthy and appropriate coping skills, developing problem-solving and decision-making skills, improving interpersonal relationships, and gaining effective communication and conflict resolution skills. This is by no means an exhaustive list of goals for teenagers within our practice, but they are common goals you may find within treatment for adolescents.


To learn more about individual adolescent therapy….

contact ‘Minds In Action Counseling’. Here, you’ll learn more about how you can get positive mental health support for your teenager. Abby is the ‘Minds In Action Counseling’ adolescent counselor, who has over a decade of experience working with children and adolescents in a variety of settings, including outpatient, in-home, and in private schools .

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