Parenting is not easy. When your teen is struggling, it is even harder. We spend hours worrying about their well-being, whether they will be okay without us, wondering whether we are doing too much or too little. It can be scary reaching out to other parents for fear of judgment, not being understood, wanting to protect our and/or our teen’s privacy. We want our kids to thrive and when they are struggling or our relationships with them are strained, it is hard to imagine how that can be possible.
We provide support and guidance for parents with teens whether or not their teens is receiving counseling or treatment. We work with parents of teens in counseling, group therapy, wilderness therapy, residential treatment, therapeutic boarding schools or other levels of care. We provide support to parents through their teen’s progression in treatment and collaborate with other care and treatment providers.
We offer support for parents of teens struggling with anxiety, depression, ADHD, substance use/abuse, self-injury behaviors, suicidal thoughts, struggles with school, social challenges, family conflict, and trauma.
You are an important part of your teen’s well-being and development. With you, we explore ways for you to best support your child according to their needs, and to improve communication between you and your child.
If your teen is struggling and needs support, you do too. We are here to help you.
What to do when concerned about your teen’s safety
If you or your teen is receiving counseling from a DMC therapist, your therapist is available between sessions should you have questions or concerns about their safety. Please note that because DMC is not a crisis center, we have limited availability. We recommend you call, text or email you or your teen’s therapist – keeping in mind they may not be able to get back to you immediately – and leaving a message stating your concern and best way to reach you.
If you have concerns for your teen’s safety in regards to suicide and you do not feel you are able to keep them safe until you hear back from your/their therapist we recommend calling Colorado Crisis Services at 1-844-493-TALK (8255), going to your nearest emergency room or walk-in clinic for an evaluation, or – if absolutely necessary – calling 911 for transportation to an emergency room. Please inform your/their therapist if you do engage other supports and make sure to sign a release for your teen’s therapist to be able to communicate with whomever will be assisting in their care.