Has Your Teenager Encountered Setbacks In Their Daily Life?
Do you have a teen, age 12 – 17, who struggles with depression or anxiety? Has adolescence been a particularly difficult time for your child as they adjust to hormonal changes, heavy emotions, or shifts in their identity? Are you concerned about your teenager’s performance in school or social settings?
Maybe symptoms of anxiety and depression—such as restlessness, agitation, and a lack of motivation—have disrupted your teen’s life. Perhaps they struggle with self-harm or destructive tendencies that have caused you to worry.
It may be that instances of bullying have diminished your teen’s self-esteem or capacity for resilience. You may be concerned that while your teen is constantly plugged in, they’re being harassed online or subjected to the toxic comparison culture that is often the result of long periods of time spent on social media.
Additionally, your teen may be struggling with matters of their identity. Perhaps they have questions about their race, sexual orientation, or gender identity. Or maybe you’ve noticed that they have become more defiant and ambivalent about rituals or ideas that were once shared, such as your religious or cultural background.
Adolescence is a difficult time for any individual. And when mental health issues, social challenges, or identity concerns are added to the mix, it can make this period of life feel heavy, uncertain, and unmanageable. In counseling, however, your teen can learn essential skills for coping as they unpack and explore their emotions.
Teens Experience Pressure From All Sides
Teens face the same mental health challenges that we do as adults. In fact, the World Health Organization estimates that half of all mental health conditions start by the age of 14. Though, a large portion of those conditions is left undetected and untreated until adulthood1.
Besides the challenges that come with individuating and developing an identity, teens must also grapple with the obstacles that come with modern technology. Whereas instances of bullying may have only taken place during specified school hours when we were growing up, there are now countless avenues, platforms, and 24/7 opportunities for teens to be subjected to bullying and harassment at the hands of their peers.
Moreover, the pressures placed on teens by teachers, parents, and coaches can often create fear and performance anxiety. In pushing them to strive academically or athletically, we may inadvertently contribute to the stress or feelings of inadequacy felt by many of today’s teens.
If you’re the parent of a teen, you may not know where to begin when it comes to finding resources for your child’s mental health. But at Insight Counseling Center, we specialize in providing therapy for teens so that they can develop the confidence and self-awareness they need to be successful in life.
Counseling Can Help Your Teen Manage Stress And Process Emotions
Because a counselor does not have the same degree of emotional involvement in your teen’s development as you might have as a parent, therapy can provide your child with a space to objectively observe and understand their emotions. In the secure, empathetic environment of Insight Counseling Center, your teen can learn to properly express themselves, develop coping strategies, and heal from adverse experiences.
Beginning with an intake that will cover the therapeutic process, goals for counseling, and a treatment plan to target specific disorders (such as anxiety, depression, or OCD, for instance), we will work together to determine the best course of action for your teen. And though you may feel the need to be either directly or indirectly involved in counseling, we may determine that, based on your teen’s age and needs, it’s best for your child to meet with their therapist in a one-on-one atmosphere. However, all parental involvement will be decided on a case-by-case basis.
Once a trusted relationship has been established, your child’s therapist will begin to incorporate mindfulness techniques and teen-specific play therapies to engage their thoughts, feelings, and emotions. From there, the therapist-client relationship itself will become an essential tool in promoting strategies that will help your teen to be more emotionally aware and communicate their needs more effectively. Our counselors are not so much interested in “teaching” your teen certain skill sets as we are interested in modeling healthy communication techniques and behaviors that they can then apply at home and at school.
For over a decade, we have watched as teens heal and develop stronger relationships with their family members, friends, and peers. At Insight Counseling Center, we know the value of therapy when it comes to improving our teen clients’ performance in school and helping them to live with less anxiety, sadness, and worry.
Perhaps you’re interested in having your teen see a therapist, but you have some questions…
My teen doesn’t want to come to counseling.
We know that it can often be difficult to talk this age group into going to therapy. But perhaps it would encourage your child to know that a lot of our teenage clients appreciate having time and space that is dedicated to just them—no expectations, no distractions, and no grades. If you can get your teen to agree to just one session, it’s likely they’ll want to keep coming to counseling.
I’m worried that play therapy sounds a little young for my teen.
Though our counselors are trained in child-centered play therapy, it’s important to understand that these concepts can be carried over into both teen- and adult-oriented approaches. We may not be using toys or dress-up with teen clients, but sand tray therapy and expressive arts (which can include music, visual arts, and storytelling) can be incredibly effective in helping individuals of any age to explore and express their emotions.
I want to be included in my teen’s counseling sessions.
Your participation in your child’s therapeutic treatment is essential. However, that participation may not always mean you’ll be present during counseling sessions. Teens—especially older ones (age 15 – 17)—need to have time and space that belongs to them alone and honors their privacy.
Of course, we will work together to ensure that you feel included in necessary conversations and kept up to date with your child’s progress. At the same time, our team of counselors aims to keep our teens at the center of the treatment process, instilling them with a sense of empowerment and self-determination.
We Can Help Your Teen To Become More Resilient And Confident
If you have a teen, age 12 – 17, who is struggling with disruptive behaviors, social setbacks, or mental health challenges, our counselors at Insight Counseling Center specialize in providing therapy for adolescents. To learn more about how we can help or to schedule an appointment, please visit our contact page.