Wondering if your teen needs help?
It's natural for teenagers to begin establishing independent lives and identities. At times this process creates tension between teens and parents. It's a process of learning, trial and error, and navigating the transition from adolescence to adulthood.
The challenge, of course, is knowing when things are a normal part of teen development, and when to be concerned and seek additional assistance from a professional.
Is your teen experiencing:
- Volatile, rapidly cycling or explosive moods
- Consistent Irritation, even things they once loved
- Withdrawal from school and neighborhood friends
- Gradual or sudden decline in grades or academic performance
- Increased disciplinary issues at school
- Feeling indecisive or overwhelmed by future choices
- Changes in sleep patterns
- Physically lashing out - damaging or destroying some of their personal items
- Persistent sadness or depression
- Increase in social anxiety
- Bullying or peer pressure
- Volatile dating relationships
- Self-harm or suicidal thoughts
If so - you teen may benefit from counseling.
The most important thing you can do as a parent is recognize that your child is struggling and reach out for professional help.
We help teens identify their personal strengths and learn cognitive-behavioral coping skills so that they don't feel stuck and powerless to help. Our team emphasizes focused counseling that teaches teens to make positive, lasting changes as quickly as possible.
Sometimes, our advice is simply to come in on your own for a few coaching sessions to give you some new ways to approach frustrating conversations with your teen. Other times our recommendation is that your child would benefit from counseling. We will help you figure out how to talk to them about starting therapy. We are to help and to talk through any situation that concerns you.
If you're not sure whether your teen would benefit from therapy, contact us today.