Therapy for Adolescents
Adolescence is often a time of intense upheaval and transition. Balancing the range of physical, emotional and developmental shifts is like walking on a tightrope. Adolescents can feel pulled in different directions by the conflicting messages, ideals and desires of the adults and peers in their lives. Longing to be accepted; struggling to make sense of their own rapidly shifting emotions and experiences; and seeking to forge their own values and identity; many adolescents end up feeling isolated or turn to risk-taking behaviors.
My Approach with Adolescents
In therapy, I provide adolescents with a safe and non-judgmental space to reflect on who they have been and discover who they are becoming. As a neutral and caring adult, I help adolescents explore and understand their conflicting feelings and desires, develop their own ideas and values, and think through the consequences of their actions in life. I relate directly and candidly to adolescents, showing care and expressing concern around actions or behaviors when appropriate.
Common Struggles in Adolescence
- Social Pressures
- Shifting identity concerns
- Conflict with parents
Some adolescents can tell their parents that they need help, while others may struggle to communicate directly. Common signs that an adolescent may benefit from therapy are:
- Dramatic shifts in identity, interest or mood
- Social Withdrawal/Isolation
- Risk-taking behaviors
- Depression, anger and/or irritable mood
- Disordered eating or body-image distortion