Wondering if your teen needs help?
It’s natural for teenagers to begin establishing independent lives and identities as they mature. Often this process creates tension between teens and parents. It’s a process of learning and of trial and error. Your kids are bound to make missteps along the way.
The challenge, of course, is knowing when to chalk things up to normal teen development, and when to be concerned and seek additional help.
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
You don’t have to have all the answers.
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 clients 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 recommendation is that your child really would benefit from counseling. If so, we’ll also help you figure out how to talk to them about it. We are happy to be of service and to talk through the situation that concerns you.
If you’re not sure whether you should be worried, just give us a call today.