Today’s teenagers are under greater stress than almost any previous generation.
With the added peer pressure that comes from social media, less time spent with family, and high expectations for both school and careers, it can be hard for teens to figure out who they want to be and how to navigate the challenges of life.
How Teens Can Benefit from Counseling
Although teens are on the way to adulthood, their brains are still developing. At times, this makes it challenging for adolescents to understand the experiences and values of the adult world. In addition to school, peers, and family stressors, teens are also given greater responsibilities and are dealing with the confusion of puberty. Teen counseling provides support, helps them to feel heard, and provides tools for making wise decisions and coping with new situations.
Therapists for Teens – What to Expect
Our therapists focus on creating a healthy environment and making teenagers feel heard as they verbally work through what’s happening in their lives. Because of this, you may feel that counseling topics are sometimes off-base. However, it’s important to trust the process. Understand that a counselor has to establish trust and rapport, as well as dive beyond the surface, to lead the conversation towards a positive outcome.
Confidentiality is important for everyone—including teenagers. Privacy allows teens to open up about the issues they’re facing. In a confidential setting, they can express their thoughts and feelings without fear of consequences and work towards healthy goals with professional guidance.
Although you will not know all that goes on during your teen’s session, our counselors and therapists are mandatory reporters. So if they learn of serious issues like suicidal thoughts, intent to harm themselves or others, or a revelation of physical or sexual abuse, you will be informed.
Preparing Your Teen for Therapy
Not all teens are open to the idea of counseling. They may be hesitant about the idea of seeing a therapist. This can be a common reaction as teens are figuring out their identity. Try to meet your teen where they’re at and offer support as you bring up the idea of therapy. For example, you might provide them with information about counseling and ask if they think they might benefit from the process. Allowing them to make the decision on their own makes it more likely that they will follow through and experience good results. You could also try offering an incentive if they give it a try. Once they sit through a session, they may realize it’s a positive experience and be willing to continue.
If you are concerned about your teen, rest assured that you are not alone! To learn more about how our teen counseling and therapy sessions can help you and your teenager, please request an appointment today.