Therapy for Teens
The teen and pre-teen years are tough. So much is changing in your mind and body, and you are beginning the gradual process of growing from childhood into adulthood. This transitional time can be a great stage in life to try therapy. Therapy can give you your own space to explore your thoughts and feelings about your life and the world. It can help you to build foundational self knowledge and emotional awareness that can support you as you grow, and help you to communicate how you feel with those around you. Therapy can also help to develop a resource 'tool box' of different ways you can find support and grounding that you can take with you into the future.
I have worked with teens and pre-teens in school settings, summer camps, as well as in private practice, and have supported teens in navigating a variety of challenges including:
- Feelings of loneliness, isolation, anxiety, and depression
- Social difficulties/Social anxieties, including issues with peers and authority figures
- Low Self esteem, feelings of insecurity, body image issues
- Difficult experiences within their family including divorce, loss of a parent, and abuse
- Drug and alcohol abuse and use
Typically, with older teens, I like to meet with them one on one for the majority of the sessions, with quarterly meetings with both the teen and one or both of their parents. With younger pre-teens, I may ask their guardians to be more involved in the therapy, coming to sessions more often, as discussed and decided on by the group at the onset of therapy. More sessions including the teen and their guardians may be agreed upon if need or desire for increased support is expressed by the teen or their family.
Please feel free to contact me with any questions you or your family may have regarding beginning therapy.