• Therapy for Teens

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    Counseling services are offered to youth aged 14-20. Caregiver coaching is offered to any caregiver that is interested. Your child does not have to be a client although it is recommended.Clients will learn and practice coping skills specific to their own needs and have a chance to express emotions in a safe environment.

    Emotion regulation

    • Cognitive Behavior Therapy strategies
    • Dialectical Behavior Therapy skills
    • Life skills
    • Communication skills
    • Self-care
    • Relaxation and Mindfulness

    What counseling for adolescents can help with:

    • Emotional dysregulation
    • Anxiety & worry
    • Negative thinking, ruminating thoughts
    • Low mood
    • Low self-esteem
    • School avoidance
    • High stress levels

    Is your teen under a lot of stress? Do they not seem as happy as they once did? Are they suffering from an eating disorder? Do you suspect they are using drugs?

    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.

    • 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.
    • 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. If you think your teen could benefit from therapy, please reach out to me.

    What Are Some of the Best Types of Therapy for Teens?

    There are three general types of therapy for teens experiencing mental health issues:

    Individual Therapy

    In these private, one-on-one sessions, a therapist will typically use Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) to help the teen make a connection between their thoughts and feelings, as well as understand how these impact their behavior.

    If your teen is struggling right now and could benefit from therapy, please reach out to us.  603-332-8000