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  • Therapy for Teens

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    “ We can learn something new any time we think we can”         Virginia Satir


    Nothing feels worse than watching our children struggle. Growing through the teen years can be a painful journey.  I understand the patterns and struggles of adolescence from a profession perspective and also from a personal one. (having raised my own children) I have been in private practice helping teen through the high school years and launching into adulthood for over 15 years.  During that time, I have gathered skill, gained experience, and sought mentors to gain and maintain competence in my field. When you choose me as your therapist you will notice that I have a direct approach to finding solutions. Together we will create supportive and collaborative environment where we can find strategies that work for you. If you wish to weave your spiritual faith into your healing experience, I will gladly accommodate you. Whether you desire just a few sessions or want to continue therapy for a longer period we will maintain a collaborative environment in which you can experience hope, healing, and the grace to grow.

    Common Life Challenges Among Teens

    Teens can often face some serious life challenges that impact their mental health and well-being.

    • Loss – Loss can come in the form of a death of a loved one, including a pet, and it can also come in the form of parental separation or divorce. Loss also happens when a family moves to a new location and the teen must go to a new school.
    • Stress – A little stress is normal in life and can even be motivating. But too much stress can cause burnout at any age. Many teens face tremendous amounts of stress to do well in school, hold down a job, and be accepted by their peers.
    • Violence – Teens that are bullied at school or at home suffer, and often alone. If not dealt with, the aftermath of violence can result in PTSD symptoms.

    This is not an exhaustive list of reasons why a teen may want to speak with a therapist by any means. If you think your teen could benefit from therapy, please reach out to me.

    What Are Some of the Best Types of Therapy for Teens?

    There are three general types of therapy for teens experiencing mental health issues:

    Individual Therapy

    In these private, one-on-one sessions, a therapist will typical use Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) to help the teen make a connection between their thoughts and feelings, as well as understand how these impact their behavior.

    Group Therapy

    Group therapy can be very effective because it allows teens to see how their peers handle their problems. Most groups have five to seven teens and one leader who will ask questions and guide the conversation.

    Family Therapy

    In this scenario, the teen would go to therapy with their parent(s) and sometimes even with siblings. This style of therapy can be very beneficial as it allows the family to communicate effectively and respectfully.

    Which type of therapy will be best for the teen will be determined by a trained therapist. Often, he or she will use a combination of all three of these types of therapy.

    If your teen is struggling right now and could benefit from therapy, please reach out to me.