Therapy for Teens
Is Your Teen Struggling And You Don’t Know How To Help?
Is your teenager displaying unusual behaviors that are not the norm for them? Are they getting in trouble at school, asking to miss school for no reason, or struggling academically? Have they started withdrawing from activities, family, and friends? Does your teen become anxious, angry, and overwhelmed suddenly? Perhaps they are having difficulty controlling their emotions and behaviors, but you aren’t sure whether this is normal teen behavior or something else is going on.
As a parent, you may feel increasingly worried, frustrated, and helpless because you don’t know what to do to help your child with what they’re going through.
As a teen, you may hesitate to share your experience with others because you fear they won’t understand what you’re going through. Or you may worry that you’ll be criticized, judged or made fun of if you do.
It might feel like your world is falling apart, but you don’t know what to do about it or who you can turn to for help.
Does it seem like your parents don’t understand you? Are you tired of having conversations about sharing your feelings, changing your behaviors, doing better in school, or being more engaged with the family? Is the constant pressure causing you to feel sick or emotionally drained, and you’re wondering how are you’re going to get through this?
Teen Issues Are Common
Adolescence is a challenging period for teenagers. There are many physical and emotional changes occurring, and trying to understand these changes can be confusing and frustrating for teens and parents alike. Unfortunately, many of us accept the stress teens go through as inevitable. Or we fail to recognize how the distressing thoughts and emotions are affecting the teenager’s overall wellbeing.
As a result, many teens don’t receive the support and guidance they need until things reach a breaking point.
As your teen grows older, they may start to seek a new identity as they learn to balance their needs against the expectations their family and society places on them. It may be that they’ve started skipping school or extracurricular activities, experimenting with changing their image, or hanging out with a new and “undesirable” group of friends. Or maybe they have developed an eating disorder or turned to drugs, alcohol, or sex as a way to try and cope with daily stress and expectations.
Even if your teen isn’t engaging in obviously unhealthy behaviors, they may isolate themselves from friends and family in an effort to avoid difficult conversations or criticism. Or maybe they have begun arguing more with you and their siblings as a way to try and establish their independence. Not only does this make communication in the family more difficult, but it can leave you feeling like you have somehow failed as parents.
The truth is that every teen struggles at times.
And while some challenges are inevitable, it doesn’t mean they are permanent, and they don’t have to define your child or your family.
The good news is that you can help your child find comfort and healing. Therapy for teens can help your teenager develop healthy coping and communication skills they can use to manage stress, increase confidence, and overcome the challenges that have left them feeling stuck in place.
Help Your Teen Thrive With Therapy For Teens
Many teens feel that if their parents would just leave them alone everything would be OK. If only they were more popular in school or got better grades, or if they could just numb the pain from a past traumatic experience, life would be much better. But we all need a little help sometimes, and avoiding outside help when it’s needed can actually increase feelings of stress, anxiety, and depression that leave your teen feeling more hopeless.
At Englewood Therapy Associates we understand how difficult it is for teens to reach out for help. Likewise, we know how hard it can be for parents to find the personalized guidance and support they need for their child. That’s why we offer you and your teen a safe and compassionate environment where you can be yourselves during sessions without fear of criticism or judgment.
Therapy is about soul-searching and self-exploration, and that can only happen organically when you trust your therapist and feel comfortable with the process.
We’ll begin the first session by asking a few questions designed to help your clinician better understand you and your goals for teen counseling. Your teen and their therapist will spend some time discussing their challenges and the root cause behind those challenges. We’ll explore areas of their lives that could use improvement and work on strategies to achieve their goals without pressure from anyone. This approach gives your teen the opportunity to vent and complain without criticism, judgment, or someone telling them what to do. And when they feel comfortable sharing their experience, it allows us to tailor our approach to their specific needs and goals.
If your teen is struggling with negative behaviors, thoughts, and emotions, for example, we may incorporate psychodynamic and cognitive-behavioral techniques to help them recognize harmful self-beliefs and replace them with healthier ones. Together, we’ll identify the source of stress and teach you and your teen how to map out your physical and emotional responses. We’ll then practice techniques that will help them manage situations in an honest, productive manner that minimizes stress and frustration.
So instead of getting stuck in a cycle of conflict or disconnect, you can feel better about yourselves, communicate your needs clearly, and work together to start repairing relationships.
Our providers have been helping teens and young adults for over 20 years, both as school psychologists in the public and private sectors and now in our private therapy practice as well. We have extensive experience coordinating teen care, and with your consent, we’re happy to collaborate with school personnel to ensure your teenager continues to receive the appropriate support and interventions. Over the years, we have seen that no issue—no matter how difficult it may seem right now—is insurmountable. With the right guidance and support, your teen can learn to move forward with greater clarity, confidence, and optimism about their life and future. And as a parent, you can learn how to give your child the love, care, support, and accountability they need to thrive, both now and in the future.
You may be interested in therapy for teens but still have questions or concerns…
My teen hates everyone lately, how do I know he’ll talk to you?
Our clinicians are all moms, so rest assured we understand your concerns. While we can’t guarantee your teen won’t give you a hard time about going to counseling, we can offer you an impressive record of connecting with even the most reserved and withdrawn teens. We will treat your teen with respect, and as an individual. The rapport will then naturally follow.
My teen goes to school during the day and has other commitments after school. Do you offer evening and weekend appointments?
Yes. Englewood Therapy Associates offers extended hours from Monday through Friday. We are also available from 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. on Saturdays. From time to time, a Sunday appointment may become available, which is helpful for many busy working parents.
I don’t want my teen medicated. Will you push for medication?
We won’t push for psychiatric medication. However, in cases of severe clinical depression or debilitating anxiety, we may recommend you consult with a psychiatrist to discuss options that could enhance your teen’s counseling experience. The decision to medicate or not is a personal one, which we respect.