Today’s adolescents face a turbulent world. The challenges they face can manifest as a variety of emotional and behavioral issues.
The transition from childhood to adulthood—the teenage years—is a critical time.
Adolescents face academic and social pressures at a time when they are less open to parental advice. Low self-esteem, depression, eating disorders, and substance abuse may need to be addressed.
This is when teens begin to form the unique identities that define the adults they will become. They challenge parents and other adult authority. This testing of boundaries can fuel many arguments. It can be a trying time, but it can also be amazing time of transformation.
Avoiding real problems can have an unhealthy impact on your teen’s ability to cope with daily life. If your child is suffering from emotional or behavioral struggles, this may be time to find a safe and secure outlet such as adolescent therapy. This counseling practice focuses uniquely on the eclectic experiences that occur during this chaotic phase of life. Therapy provides an opportunity for adolescents to work through difficult feelings and learn how to get their needs met.
I offer the appropriate counseling your teen needs to work through the issues inhibiting them from living their life to the fullest. I believe that it is important for teens to see a counselor who specializes in adolescent therapy, someone who understands the teenage mind and the struggles they face.
Common Behavioral Issues that Adolescent Therapy Addresses
I blend my skills as a therapist with my experience as a high school swimming and diving coach for over eight years. This provides provide a safe and confidential environment for teenagers. Some common areas that I can help fix are:
- Adolescent depression and irritability
- Alcohol and drug use
- Anger and aggression
- Anxiety and fear
- Conflicts with parents
- Crohn’s Disease, Colitis, and other chronic illnesses
- Eating Disorders
- Low academic effort
- Sexual assault and rape
- Trauma and PTSD