Teen / Adolescent Therapy

Does your teen:

  • Have trouble at school?
  • Sulk?
  • Act negative and grouchy?
  • Feel alienated from the family or from peers?
  • Feel misunderstood?

Adolescence is a challenging time for both teens and their parents. Teens sometimes have a hard time understanding why they do what they do. Adolescence is a period of rapid intellectual, social, and emotional change as teens struggle to move from dependent child to independent adult. For the teen, it is a time of asserting a separateness from the parents as the teen tries to figure out their own individual identity. For parents it is a balancing act between allowing your child to make his/her own decisions necessary to grow and providing guidance to a child still needing adult input. This transition period can be a scary and volatile time for both parent and child. Parents often need to learn how to communicate and support their teen in a different way than they learned from their own parents. Teens often need help learning assertiveness, responsibility and decision-making so they can make the transition safely. Therapy can provide a neutral and supportive environment to navigate these issues.

Because normal behaviors vary from one childhood stage to another, it can be difficult to tell whether a child is just going through a temporary “phase” or is suffering from depression or other significant emotional problem. Sometimes the parents become worried about how the child’s behavior has changed, or a teacher mentions that “your child doesn’t seem to be himself.”