“The adolescent period of life is in reality the one
with the most power for courage and creativity.
Life is on fire when we hit our teens.
And these changes are not something
to avoid or just get through,
but to encourage.”
– Dr. Dan Siegel (“Brainstorm: The Power and Purpose of the Teenage Brain”)
- Decision making skills
- Family going through divorce
- Self acceptance
- Self image
- Social skills
- Grief and loss
- School adjustment
- Anger management
- Behavioral concerns
- Learning disabilities
- Nervousness and Anxiety
- Sleeping difficulties
Your teen doesn’t need to have mental illness to see a counselor. Simply having another trusting adult to confide in can be extremely helpful to your child.
Teens often do not want to see a counselor because they feel something is “wrong with them” – the stigma of seeing a counselor can be really hard to overcome. This is why we suggest your teen seek “Teen Coaching.” But counseling and counseling have some benefits:
- One-on-one attention with an adult they can confidently confide in (their sessions are private, just as adults are)
- Feel embarrassed about something going on in their world – harming themselves, feel low-self-esteem, struggles with food and/or weight, experiences thoughts of suicide, or has a sexually transmitted disease (to name a few)
- Wants to build self-confidence and make more or different friends
- Wants to talk to their parents about an important issue, but don’t know how (the counselor will help build this bridge)
- Feels overall sad, depressed, or lonely, and needs someone to confide in
- Parents are going through a divorce, or there is a new blended family which is difficult for the teen
- Or, wants to learn to better manage his/her stress
Seeing a counselor provides a safe, secure place for your teen to express and work through some very challenging issues. Although it may be hard to send a teen to see a counselor or coach because you as parent want to be their source confidante, the reality is, that just does not happen much of the time. We want to build that bridge.
We want parents to be involved, and we will make all efforts to build this bridge with your child as they attend therapy. Their sessions are confidential, but we’re parents too, so we understand how much you want to know and understand what is happening being that door. We make sure to keep you informed in a way that still feels safe to your teen.