Adolescent Therapy (ages 13-21)
Therapy for adolescents can help!There are many ways to help your teenager and get support for yourself during this transitional time. If you want to strenghten your relationship with your son or daughter, family therapy is available. It could also be helpful to have your teenager see a therapist individually to let them have a separate space in which to talk about their problems. Teens may be seen separately, with their parents, or the entire family as the need arises. In cases where the teenager is seen separately, periodic parent sessions and phone contact are essential and often helpful. I recommend a consultation and working with the therapist to decide what is best for you and your family.
During an often confusing time when teenagers are trying to establish their identities, therapy helps teens gain a deeper understanding of who they are and who they want to be, learn healthy coping skills, and develop emotional strength and self acceptance.
You are not alone!I've been working with teenagers since 1997 and have worked with many teens who have expressed feeling the exact same way. I have helped kids who were dealing with anxiety, depression, problems with friends, school stress, the loss of a loved one, feeling uncomfortable or even hating their changing bodies, parents that were giving them a hard time, divorce, OCD, and other really difficult issues. I have seen kids who felt so horrible, they were suicidal or cutting, or who had experienced traumas like rape or molestation. My experience tells me that you don't have to continue suffering, and you are not alone. Therapy can help. You may feel like nothing can change your situation when things are bad, or that no one understands what you are going through or gets you... but I can tell you that I have had lots of success in helping to make things better and helping young men and women just like you, heal their pain.
Therapy is a place where you can talk about your problems in a confidential atmosphere. That means that most of what you say to me stays private and is not shared with your parents or anyone else. I can help you figure out what to do about your problems and help your family to be helpful rather than make things worse.
If you have any questions, please feel free to give me a call or email! Help is not far away!