The need for quality adolescent counseling has undoubtedly increased in recent years, in addition…
…adolescents are continuously developing mentally, emotionally and physically. The teenage years are filled with transitions, stressors, choices, and changes. Consequently, they seek 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. For parents, this time can be frustrating and incomprehensible… which is okay! Parents indeed are going through a lot of stress these days and a therapist may help broaden their ‘Parenting’ manual. There are especially instances when parents have to seek additional support for their teen during more distressing times. A mental health professional offering teen-specialized therapy, interventions, and techniques is particularly will certainly will provide the support for the teen and their family.
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. Some of the goals frequently explored in teen counseling sessions include: learning how to establish and maintain boundaries. Emotionally, teens learn healthy and appropriate coping skills while developing problem-solving and decision-making skill. In the social realm, they may work on improving interpersonal relationships, and gaining effective communication and conflict resolution skills. This list offers general examples, and a complete intake session will help the teen, parents and therapist create a customized treatment plan.
To learn more about individual adolescent therapy….
simply schedule your 15 minute discovery call to review your teen’s goals and needs. Here, you’ll learn more about how you can get positive mental health support for your teenager. Abby is 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 .