Therapy for Teens
Do you think your teen may be struggling with anxiety? Does any of this sound familiar?
- No longer wanting to spend time with friends or family.
- They seem tired, irritable, or have trouble concentrating.
- Needing to know what your schedule is every day or constantly asking what you're doing next.
- Perfectionism is beginning to disrupt their daily life.
- Their relationships may look unhealthy or have poor boundaries.
- They see to be engrossed in their phone, to the point that they have trouble doing much else.
- Worrying about things that really don’t seem like a big deal or that don't make sense.
- Feeling bad about themselves or lacking the confidence that you have in them.
- You know this doesn’t seem like it’s good for them. Maybe you’ve tried to help, but you’re not sure what to do.
Being a teenager can be pretty rough at times. Friends, family, school, and extracurriculars usually play a big part in a teen’s life. Then there’s social media, standardized testing, maybe getting ready to take the next step in education – and do we even need to mention hormones? Maybe the people in your house don't get along so great. Your teen may have all of these things going on or just a couple. There may be other problems that make things even worse.
On top of really figuring out who they are and developing a sense of identity, going through the usual teenage life events can be pretty stressful, overwhelming, and confusing to say the least.
This is a period where teens may feel like they have no friends, even if they're popular. They may be really hard on themselves. The pressure to "fit in" can be huge, and being bullied becomes a real threat.
It’s common for me to hear teens talk about these challenges contributing to anxiety, depression, and even self-harm. Other times, emotional difficulties may present themselves even before reaching adolescence and cause even more vulnerability to the issues faced as a teen.
Teenage years are filled with plenty of confusion and stress – not only for teens but parents and caregivers, as well.
Teens can tend to be pretty hesitant to talk to adults about what is bothering them. They may be scared of getting in trouble, dreading a lecture, or just not want to be told that they’re wrong. This is where working with a counselor can help. I have the best interest of your teen at heart, and I provide an environment that helps teens to feel more comfortable in discussing their lives.
I will work with you and your teen to help in making it successfully through what can be a very challenging time. I've spent my entire career helping teens and their families, and I would love to do the same for you and yours.