Adolescent Therapy: ages 12-18
Adolescent therapy is geared toward teens ages 12-18. Typically these years surround a strong desire for independence. Parent/child conflict can get intense. School responsibilities can be overwhelming. Social pressures can lead teens to try on new and unfamiliar personalities.
Signs that teens need help managing emotional/behavior problems are:
Therapy sessions help teens cope with stress, improve mood, boost self esteem and make excellent choices that lead toward more independence.
What can my teen expect in a therapy session?
Your teen can expect to enjoy their meetings with total one-to-one attention. Teens like individual therapy sessions where they do not have to share the spotlight. Unique conversations and activities are designed for self reflection. Role playing, relaxation strategies, and problem solving techniques are used to help kids manage and take control of their challenges. Humor is often used to make intense topics tolerable.
Sessions are typically organized into three parts. (1) The beginning is a check-in period where teens share any new concerns or accomplishments. On occasion parents may be asked to join in to give some insight about the week. (2) The middle section of the session is where we work on goals relating to personal change and growth. New solutions and recommendations are also explored in the middle section. (3)The end section includes time to take care of routine business like scheduling the next appointment. I often give home assignments in between sessions to enhance progress.
What Teenagers Want From You .......
And Why You May Need Help - Helping Them!!
(Read my two minute interview with a 13 year old girl. These ideas were on the tip of her tongue. I bet your kids might feel the same):
"What can parents do to make life easier for kids?"
Her Response -
"Stop being annoying
Get out of our way
Let us do what we want
Realize that we are not 5 years old
Stop thinking so much and analyzing us all the time
Buy us stuff
Don't carry on about things
Don't make a big deal about everything!"
What teens say vs. what they really mean and need is a complicated topic. I can help you and your child learn to "speak the same language" so you can have a guiding, nurturing, positive impact on their life.