Counseling for Teenagers
Therapy provides a safe, confidential, and supportive environment for teens to explore thoughts about their life in the presence of another person. I am not a friend or family member that needs to be protected or impressed, and this special relationship allows teens to be more open in their communication and self-exploration.
Therapy can help any teen by:
- Creating a safe environment for the teen to talk about the challenges they face;
- Helping a teen deal with the pressures of transitioning from childhood to adulthood;
- Providing objective discussion about ways to manage school, peer pressure, anger, sadness, and insecurity;
- Fostering greater resiliency to deal with the stresses adolescents face;
- Teaching tools to communicate with peers, teachers, and parents; and
- Focusing on becoming more goal-oriented and aware of consequences.
The counseling services I provide help teens decrease negative thoughts and self-sabotaging behaviors and work toward improving their relationship with themselves. Becoming more mindful of thought patterns and how they affect physical and emotional well-being can make an enormous difference in everyone’s ability to stay calm and deal with frustrations, especially teenagers.
Should your teen and I work together, I will help them uncover destructive emotional cycles that may be coming up at school, with friends, and at home. Once these cycles are acknowledged, I can work together with a teen to find the triggers of the negative cycles and explore ways to create different reactions that allow the teen to feel better about herself or himself and others.
I also help teens improve communication skills, as well as help them practice their use.
How are parents involved?
Parent involvement is very important in the teen therapy process.
I meet with parents to discuss ways they can coach their teen to better handle life’s problems. I also work together with parents to improve family interactions and to create better responses to the challenges of parenting a teen.
If you have any questions about play therapy or counseling for teenagers, or would like to schedule a FREE 30-minute phone consultation, please don’t hesitate to call me at 408-379-7747, or e-mail me at firstname.lastname@example.org.