The pre-teen and teenage years can be especially difficult for both child and parents. We provide professional adolescent counseling to help your adolescent navigate through this rough time.During the adolescent, teenager years between 13 and 19, young people experience physical growth, mental development and emotional changes. As a parent your goal during this time of life is to help your teen become an independent responsible adult.
The pre-teen and teenager years can be stressful on everyone involved. While teenagers are no longer children, they are not yet adults. They may be confused about how they are and how they should act. Chances are your teen will make it through adolescence just fine, but they need your help. Teenager traits like self-centeredness, idealism, being critical of self and others, rebellion and deeply invested in their friends are traits that are unpleasant at times, but they are normal. And while challenge, and even some conflict, is a normal part of this stage of development, outside support, encouragement and perspective can help.
Who can benefit from Adolescent Counseling?
Children, just like adults, experience stress during our life journey. Some common stressors for children include school and family issues. A school related stress experience may include excessive or difficult homework, test anxiety, peer pressure, bullying, and learning difficulties. A family related stress experience may include parental arguing, divorce, moving homes, new sibling, major illness, transitions.
Children, just like adults, can participate in and benefit from adolescent counseling. Child and adolsent counseling can help children and adolescents learn how to identify causes of their distress, develop their skills in asking for help and expressing emotions, and improve their problem-solving abilities.
Our approach to child and adolescent counseling considers the physical, social, economic, mental, linguistic environment. We seek to identify and develop strength and growth areas, while reducing distress and increasing coping skills. We incorporate others in the child and adolescent counseling process depending on the nature of the problem and the child’s environmental resources. Others may include family, parent, grandparents, siblings, teachers, and caregivers.
If you notice a change in your child’s behavior such as inattention, arguing, withdrawing or depressed, angry, worried, stress-related emotions and think the child or adolesecent may need help, child or adolsecent counseling may be a good resource.
When to seek Adolescent Counseling
Children and adolescents enter counseling for a wide variety of reasons. It may be that parents have insisted that they get help and the adolescent cannot speak up for themselves; it may be because “there needs to be an attitude change” and parents have the ability to reward or punish the adolescent’s decision on whether or not to enter counseling; it may be because a juvenile justice authority has ordered it; or it may be because the adolescent him/herself is trying to manipulate a parent into getting help.
While it is true that adolescents seldom enter counseling on their own, the adolescent are not really any more reluctant to seek help than their parents. Adolescents sometimes cannot see what they are doing to themselves to make their life difficult because they have not had the life experience. Life experience, in sufficient quantities, helps us see what is not working, even if we do not always know what to do to fix it. Most adolescents do not have enough life experience to see their role in the problem so they assume the problem must be outside of themselves and they expect everyone else to change.
Our adolescent counselors have experience working specifically with the psychological, mental and emotional changes of adolescences and related adolescent issues. Consider getting your pre-teen or teenager the help that they deserve which can result in healing and support that can serve them for the rest of their lives.