Are you worried about your teen or child?
Even teens and adolescents in very loving families can experience emotional difficulties. During this stage in life they are experiencing hormonal and social changes, resulting in your child becoming angry, moody, secretive, or distant. If these symptoms become more exaggerated or worse over time, it could be an indicator that they need additional support.
It can be profoundly distressing to see your child struggle, and not know how to respond, or to try and help, but see them continue to suffer. Fortunately, therapy can help. Although teens teens and adolescents can experience the same mental health issues as adults, such as anxiety, stress, and depression, they process their experiences differently than adults. Therapy will include conversation or discussion as in traditional talk-therapy, but can also include the use of art, poetry, or drama as tools. These more expressive mediums can help teenagers process the often bigger-than-life feelings children experience in their teen years. They can also provide a forum for addressing any underlying difficulties a teen or adolescent may be experiencing at home, in school, or in their relationships with others.
Therapy for Teens and Adolescents
I specialize in helping teens and adolescents, ages 12 and up, who are struggling with a variety of issues. I also offer counseling to parents who need additional support, guidance, and tools so they can effectively communicate with their child. If your child or teenager is experiencing any of the challenges listed below, it may be a sign that they need additional support.
- Academic or school difficulties
- Anger toward others or self
- Changes in sleep
- Chronic rebelliousness or disregard for others
- Chronic fear
- Difficulties with peer or sibling relationships
- Dramatic weight loss or gain
- Frequent lying
- Lack of interest in activities they once enjoyed
- Low self-esteem
- Preoccupation with loss