Services for Teens
Adolescence is often a challenging, tumultuous time for young people and their parents, alike. While teenagers are ready for more autonomy and independence, they still need guidance and limits. This can create difficult impasses between parents and children. Plus, teenagers are having to navigate choices around identity, sexuality, social belonging, school, drug use . . . it's no wonder that they sometimes struggle to cope.
While limit-setting is important, what I consistently find is that teenagers are needing to feel listened to and understood on their own terms. Even if they at first don't want to set foot in a therapy office, with a little time a relationship can get established in which they become more comfortable with their own vulnerabilities. They can better accept and acknowledge ways they actually feel unprepared and scared about all the new challenges they are faced with, without worrying that their budding autonomy will be undermined. This then puts them in a better position to learn and grow, as it fosters more humility and paves the way for truer confidence.
In my role as therapist, I aim to develop relationships with teens in which they feel they have an ally and a helpful guide in navigating their developmental tasks. Issues I help teenagers with include:
- Drug and alcohol use
- Academic pressure
- Gender and sexuality
- Body image
- Reactions to family discord
- Internet and video game habits