What happened to my child’s motivation?
Your son or daughter has changed. They used to be happy, carefree, confident—but now they’re withdrawn and sullen. The spark they brought to life seems to have dimmed.
Every parent wants their child to thrive. You long for your son or daughter to develop strong friendships, to enjoy school, and to be on track for a successful future.
But instead, they don't want to be around other people. They avoid trying new things. They shut down when you try to talk with them. They seem like they’re evading your questions, and you don't know how to help.
Anxiety causes young people to either withdraw or push themselves too far, sometimes to the point of panic attacks. But anxiety doesn’t have to define your child. They can reach their potential and can step into a fulfilling life.
Counseling can help them learn how to manage their anxiety and adapt to whatever situation they’re facing.
Through counseling, your anxious teen will learn how to:
connect with friends and develop meaningful relationships
act more confidently as they appreciate who they are
understand what triggers the anxiety and how to manage those triggers
stop trying to do things perfectly and instead be satisfied with doing their best
use tools that help them manage their anxiety and adapt to every life situation
Your child will benefit most from counseling for anxiety if:
they are at least 12 years old
they avoid normal tasks or take unusually long amounts of time to finish simple tasks
they struggle with motivation in school and other activities
they have goals and ambitions but seem stuck in the pursuit of those goals
The counseling process:
Therapy will help your son and daughter identify the areas of life where they’re feeling anxious. The therapist will help them with coping skills and lead them through practices that heal their brain so that they can adapt to what stresses them.
Each therapy session is 50 minutes long. For best results in treating anxiety, we recommend at least eight consecutive weeks of therapy. This timeframe helps the child and therapist move beyond surface conversations and develop a relationship that focuses on deep healing. Once the relationship has been established, sessions can be moved to biweekly or, if the child has resolved his or her significant struggles, can begin to move toward termination.
wHAT TO EXPECT
The first week is the intake session. Colorado’s laws allow for teenagers to be in charge of their own information; the therapist will discuss with teenagers the value of including their parents and/or families in counseling. The intake session also involves beginning to establish a warm and welcoming relationship between therapist and client, so your child feels comfortable opening up and working on their issues in subsequent sessions.
Week 2 and THE FOLLOWING weeks:
The early weeks of therapy will involve building rapport. This is crucial; young people will be more willing to open up and will have greater success addressing their struggles if they trust their therapist. The therapist will evaluate the child’s needs and use a combination of therapies determined to be the best fit for the unique needs of your son or daughter. Your child will also receive homework to be practiced at home. Ongoing and consistent application of skills and tools is necessary for growth.
Intermountain Counseling is committed to creating a safe, warm, and welcoming environment for teens and preteens so they feel empowered and equipped to overcome the obstacles in their life.
Termination is the agreed-upon ending of the therapeutic relationship once goals are achieved and takes 1 to 3 sessions, depending on your child's needs. The therapist will coordinate with the client to determine what is appropriate. Therapy should be a springboard into life; it’s vital that the relationship not be ended prematurely, which would undermine everything your child has work toward. If termination is deemed appropriate, the therapist will work with your child to establish a plan moving forward so that change remains consistent.