Help Your Teen or Adolescent Navigate Difficult Changes
How do I know my teen or adolescent needs help?
A few indications your teen or adolescent might need help:
Extreme mood swings
Self medicating (drugs, alcohol)
Neglect of personal appearance
Showering less often
Withdrawal from friends & family
Thoughts of death or suicide
Lack of motivation
Here's what an emotionally healthy teen looks like:
Developing good interpersonal skills
Is becoming better at conflict resolution
Can express emotions constructively
Is learning to delay gratification
Is learning to accept responsibility for self
Is developing healthy decision making skills
As a parent, you may find your teen is a little reluctant to come in for counseling. I’ve found that it can be helpful to suggest that you come in as a family, or to explain that you as a parent need some advice on how to improve your relationship.
The most important thing is that the teen feel cared about, rather than feeling like you’re trying to “fix” them. If they feel you’re trying to “straighten them out”, they will most likely resist therapy. It’s best to approach your teen casually, and with sincerity. Never demand or pressure teens into counseling – the old adage “You can lead a horse to water, but you can’t make him drink” applies.
We can’t even begin to comprehend the pressures and difficulties teens today face. Remember that no matter what they’re communicating verbally, on the inside, your teen really would appreciate having someone to help them deal with their life struggles and challenges. The most important thing you can do for your children is get healthy yourself! Depressed or anxious teens benefit greatly from therapy, but studies show that kids of parents who are currently depressed or anxious do not benefit as much
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With Therapy for Adolescents & Teens that's Focused on Results
On the other side of our time together, our goal is for your teen to to experience:
Better conflict resolution
Learning to express emotions
Developing better relationship skills
Developing healthy decision making skills
Moving from Social Isolation to Connectedness
Learning to accept responsibility for self
a more fulfilling, enjoyable life
The end result is to help you make step by step changes that result in a more fulfilling, enjoyable life.
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Have Any Questions?
Here’s my FAQ, or I would be happy to answer any questions you may have. When I’m in session it’s not possible to answer phone calls, so it’s best to call & leave me a detailed voicemail message at 253-952-4147. You can typically expect a reply from me within 24 hours.