Counseling for Teens
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. 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 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 today.
What Are Some of the Best Types of Therapy for Teens?
In these private, one-on-one sessions, a therapist will typical use Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) and/or Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT) to help the teen make a connection between their thoughts and feelings, as well as understand how these impact their behavior and relationships.
Activity therapy and Sandtray therapy is also used to connect with a teen using things they are interested in.
If your teen is struggling right now and could benefit from therapy, please reach out to me.