OUR TEEN sERVICES
Trauma therapy provides a safe and supportive space for your teenager to process their traumatic experiences, develop healthy coping skills, and improve their overall well-being and functioning, ultimately helping them to feel more resilient and better able to navigate challenges in the future.
Parenting therapy can provide a supportive and nonjudgmental space for you to explore their thoughts and feelings as a parent, gain insight into parenting challenges, and learn new skills and strategies for effectively supporting and communicating with your teenager, ultimately leading to a better family relationship and well-being.
Therapy for your teenager may feel like a hard step.
I can only imagine how difficult and stressful it must be for you to see your teenager struggling and not knowing how to best support them. As a parent, it is natural to want to do everything in your power to help your child and alleviate their suffering. It is understandable that you may feel overwhelmed and unsure of what steps to take next.
First and foremost, it is important to recognize that seeking therapy for your teenager is a brave and proactive step in the right direction.
Therapy can provide a safe and supportive space for your teenager to explore their thoughts and feelings, gain insight into their challenges, and learn new coping skills. It can also help improve communication and strengthen relationships within the family.
It is not uncommon for teenagers to experience a range of emotions and challenges as they navigate the complex and often overwhelming process of growing up. It is important to remember that these experiences, while difficult, are also a normal part of development. However, when these challenges become overwhelming or interfere with daily functioning, it may be necessary to seek additional support.
Therapy can provide a space for your teenager to work through their challenges in a confidential and nonjudgmental environment.
It can also be a place for them to learn new ways of coping with their feelings and challenges, and to develop skills to manage their emotions and navigate difficult situations.
It is also important to recognize that therapy is not a quick fix and requires time, effort, and commitment from both the teenager and the family. However, the long-term benefits of therapy can be significant and can help improve the overall well-being of both the teenager and the family.
I understand that the idea of therapy may be intimidating or uncomfortable for some families. It is completely normal to have concerns or reservations about seeking therapy. It is important to keep in mind that therapy is a confidential and professional space where your teenager can work through their challenges with the support of a trained therapist. It is also important to recognize that therapy can be a positive and beneficial experience for both the teenager and the family.
In addition to therapy, there are other steps that you can take as a parent to support your teenager through this challenging time. It is important to maintain open and honest communication with your teenager and to create a safe and supportive environment for them to express their thoughts and feelings. It is also helpful to model healthy coping skills and to encourage self-care practices such as getting enough sleep, eating a healthy diet, and engaging in physical activity.
I want to reassure you that you are not alone in this journey and that there is support available to you and your family.
It takes strength and courage to seek help and to work through challenges, and I am confident that with the right support and resources, your teenager and your family can overcome these challenges and thrive.
1) hOW to I find a good therapist for my teenager?
Finding a good therapist for your teenager can be a challenging process, but it is an important step towards helping your teenager to manage their mental health and well-being. Here are some tips for finding a good therapist for your teenager:
Consider your teenager's needs: It's important to consider your teenager's specific needs and goals when selecting a therapist. This might include things like the type of therapy they need (e.g. individual, group, or couples therapy), the severity of their challenges, and their personal preferences (e.g. preference for a male or female therapist).
Look for a therapist with experience working with teenagers: It is important to find a therapist who has experience working with teenagers and who is familiar with the unique challenges and issues that they face. This might include things like identity issues, relationship challenges, and school stress.
Seek recommendations from trusted sources: Asking for recommendations from trusted sources such as your teenager's school counselor, pediatrician, or other mental health professionals can be a helpful way to find a good therapist. You can also ask for recommendations from friends or family members who have had positive experiences with therapy.
Research different therapy modalities: There are many different therapy modalities to choose from, and it can be helpful to research different approaches to determine which might be most effective for your teenager. Some common therapy modalities include acceptance commitment therapy (ACT), cognitive-behavioral therapy (CBT), mindfulness-based therapy, and psychodynamic therapy.
Check the therapist's credentials: It is important to ensure that the therapist you are considering is licensed and qualified to practice in your state. You can check their credentials through a professional organization such as the American Psychological Association or the American Association for Marriage and Family Therapy.
Consider the therapist's location and availability: It is important to find a therapist who is conveniently located and has availability that fits with your teenager's schedule. It can also be helpful to find a therapist who offers virtual therapy options, in case your teenager has difficulty with in-person appointments.
Don't be afraid to shop around: It is important to find a therapist who is a good fit for your teenager, and it is okay to try out a few different therapists before you find the right one. It is important to trust your instincts and to keep looking until you find a therapist who your teenager feels comfortable with and who is able to help them address their challenges.
2) When should a teenager see a therapist?
There are many different reasons why a teenager might benefit from seeing a therapist. Some common reasons include:
Struggling with mental health issues such as anxiety, depression, or eating disorders
Experiencing trauma or abuse
Struggling with school or academic issues
Having difficulty with relationships or social interactions
Experiencing significant changes or transitions, such as a move or a divorce
Struggling with substance abuse or addiction
Struggling with identity or self-esteem issues
Experiencing significant stress or distress that is impacting their daily life
If your teenager is experiencing any of these issues, or if you have concerns about their mental health or well-being, it might be helpful for them to see a therapist. It is important to seek professional help if your teenager is struggling to manage their emotions or if their challenges are impacting their daily life.
It's also important to remember that it is normal for teenagers to experience a range of emotions and challenges as they navigate the ups and downs of adolescence. If your teenager is struggling to cope with these normal challenges, a therapist can be a valuable resource to help them develop healthy coping skills and strategies.
It's important to pay attention to your teenager's mood and behavior, and to listen to their concerns. If you have concerns about your teenager's mental health or well-being, don't hesitate to seek help from a therapist or other mental health professional. It's better to address issues early on, rather than waiting for them to escalate.
3) How long does therapy for teenagers usually last?
The length of therapy for teenagers can vary depending on the person's specific needs and goals. Some teenagers may only need a few sessions to address specific issues, while others may benefit from ongoing therapy to address deeper, more complex challenges.
In general, therapy for teenagers can last anywhere from a few weeks to several months or longer. The length of therapy will depend on the severity of the teenager's challenges, their progress in therapy, and their overall goals.
It is important to remember that therapy is a process, and it takes time to work through challenges and make lasting changes. It is also important to note that therapy is not a "cookie cutter" solution, and what works for one teenager may not work for another. It is important to work with a therapist to determine the best course of treatment for your teenager's specific needs and goals.
Ultimately, the length of therapy for teenagers will depend on the individual and their specific needs and goals. It is important to work with a therapist to determine the most appropriate treatment plan and to monitor your teenager's progress along the way.
4) How often should a teenager have therapy?
The frequency of therapy for teenagers can vary depending on the teen's goals and needs. Some teenagers may benefit from weekly sessions, while others may need less frequent appointments.
In general, it's recommended that teenagers have therapy sessions at least once a week, although the frequency can be adjusted based on the teenager's specific needs and goals. For example, a teenager who is struggling with severe anxiety or depression may benefit from more frequent sessions, while a teenager who is addressing more minor issues may need less frequent appointments.
It is important to work with a therapist to determine the most appropriate frequency of therapy sessions for your teenager. The therapist will consider the teenager's specific challenges and goals, as well as their progress in therapy, to determine the best course of treatment.
It's also important to note that therapy is not a one-size-fits-all solution, and what works for one teenager may not work for another. It's important to be open and honest with the therapist about your teenager's needs and to work together to determine the most effective treatment plan.