What is Adolescent Therapy?
Adolescent Therapy is a counseling practice uniquely focused around the eclectic experiences that occur during this challenging phase of life. The transition from childhood to adulthood, better known as the teenage years, is a critical time in everyone’s life. This is when adolescents begin to form their own unique identities which helps defines who they will become. Teens begin to challenge parents and other adult authority. They constantly test boundaries and can fuel many arguments. Although it can be a trying time, it can also be amazing to watch your adolescent transition into a young adult.
Adolescence can be a difficult stage in life. Teens today face so much more pressure during their developmental stages than ever before. Adolescents face increased academic and social pressures at a time when they are often less open to parental advice. Issues like low self-esteem, depression, eating disorders and substance abuse need to be addressed, not ignored. Therapy provides an opportunity for adolescents to work through difficult feelings and learn how to get their needs met.
Avoiding real problems can have an unhealthy impact on your teen’s ability to cope with daily life. 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
Blending my skills as a therapist with my experience as a high school swimming and diving coach for over eight years, I 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
Adolescent therapy is a highly specialized field. With the abundance of adolescent therapists in St. Paul MN it is inherently important that you pick a counselor for your teenager that you choose an adolescent therapist that specializes in this area of therapy. Remember that adult therapy and adolescent therapy are not the same thing. Contact me today to get started. For more information about costs and insurance for therapy here in St. Paul MN, please visit my rates and insurance page or contact me directly.
Ben Wolf’s Therapist Qualifications
- Bachelor’s Degree from the University of Minnesota in 2002
- Master’s Degree in Social Work (MSW) from Augsburg College in 2004
- Licensed Independent Clinical Social Worker (LICSW)
- Certified therapist in the use of Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR)
- Trained in Maudsley Family Based Therapy (FBT)
- I completed training in pediatric hypnosis and hypnotherapy through The National Pediatric Hypnosis Training Institute
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