Is your teen spending a lot of time in their room or spending most of their time away from the home?
Might they struggling and not talking about it with you?
Are you worried they might be depressed or have thoughts of suicide?
Is their drug or alcohol use concerning to you or are you wondering if this might be an issue?
Have you noticed they seem to be struggling with school work or friends?
Are they irritable, anxious, angry, sad?
Do they struggle with their relationship with food or their body?
Are you worried about your teen and not sure what to do?
In today’s world, teens are overwhelmed with pressures from every angle: teachers, peers, coaches, parents and themselves. When pressures become too much, motivation may decrease and they might struggle with low self-esteem, have emotional outbursts, or turn to alcohol, marijuana or other drugs, and nicotine to cope. Sometimes they may put too much pressure on themselves to do well or look a certain way.
We believe that all teens want to do well and when they aren’t doing well or are struggling with school, relationships or activities, something might be up and it’s time to check in with them. Sometimes teens have the vocabulary to describe what’s going on and sometimes they don’t.
During adolescence, teens are learning how to navigate the world outside of home. Though they still need their parents’ support, they gravitate toward developing relationships with their peers and fitting in. When they don’t have healthy ways of dealing with life stressors, they can fall into unhealthy relationships and patterns that when go unnoticed or uninterrupted can lead to more pain and suffering throughout their life and even thoughts of suicide.
We get teens. We understand their day-to-day challenges and the pressures and changes in the world they face today. Through teen counseling, we help teens to identify their values, learn how to make healthier choices, balance pressures from adults and peers, handle disappointment, problem-solve and communicate more effectively.
We help teens identify their values and goals for their life, and guide them in identify unhealthy and unhelpful patterns that get in the way of attaining their goals and aren’t aligned with their values.
We assist them in learning language to describe what they are feeling and their experiences so they are able to communicate their needs and struggles more effectively.
We teach teens ways of coping with anxiety, depression, feelings of hopelessness, worthlessness, helplessness that are helpful to them based on how they work individually and with others.
We help teens who struggle with thoughts of suicide find meaning and connection to life and those who struggle with or use alcohol or drugs to manage their triggers for using, learning to cope in a more effective, healthy way.
Parents and caregivers are an important part of a teens growth and development. When a teen is struggling they may want to work with a therapist individually. Family therapy in addition to individual therapy can help relieve parent and caregivers anxiety, it can help bridge communication gaps and help with managing conflict.
Supportive family therapy in conjunction with individual teen therapy also helps to improve communication and connection between parents and caregivers; providing them support as well.
The world is experiencing quite a mix of reactions to the coronavirus spread. Our youth are tired of ongoing stress and confusion related to safety and crave a more carefree adolescent years. Many are having a hard time reconciling the impact this crisis has on them. Many still live in fear.
All teens and tweens have had to adjust these past few years and though they are showing great signs of resilience, many have had difficulty adjusting to the uncertainty and burnout with school, learning how to manage their depression, anxiety, substance abuse or other challenges without many of their helpful distraction activities that may have been cancelled or altered.
If you are concerned about your teen or tween and want to learn more about how in-person or online teen therapy works, reach out to us for more information or take a look at our Online Therapy page.