I love teenagers! Teens have a tough road to navigate these days. Their brains are still developing and they are always learning new information. They are constantly connected to the world through their phones and are exposed to concepts and content that you never dreamed of when you, their parent, were growing up. Temptations are everywhere.
Their hormones and emotions are hard for them to manage. Through my years of experience I have learned how to connect with their feelings, which may change often. Helping them handle difficult emotions by teaching them to express their emotions in a healthy way is part of what I do. It can be difficult for teens to understand ‘how things work’ in the adult world. Dealing with new scenarios in a mature way is one of many benefits of therapy. Occasionally teens have a difficult time understanding how to relate to adults and therapy can help them gain the skills necessary for success in that area.
Teens have a voice and they want to feel heard and understood. This can manifest in two ways. They may come to you daily and it may be a struggle for you to spend the time and emotional energy that they currently need. I can be an asset in that area, providing another mature ear and voice for them to connect with. Or, they may not be telling you the deep struggles that are in their hearts, confiding in their friends instead. Friends are a vital part of every teen’s life; they just don’t make the best ‘life guides.’ Ideally your teen should have you as their closest confidant, not their friends. In that case, my role in therapy is to encourage your teen to confide in you. This is important, as you are the one who is most invested in their well-being. Their goals for their lives may be different from your goals for them, and I can assist with working through those differences.
The skills that your teen will learn in therapy will benefit them throughout their lives, especially in difficult situations. I am available for sessions with you and their siblings as well. When you give me a call, have your teen nearby so I can talk to them too! I will want to spend time talking to your teen on the phone to answer their questions about therapy.
What’s up, Teenager?
Hey, so you think you want to try therapy? That’s awesome! I have done a lot of counseling with teenagers, helping them with all the mixed emotions that go on in their lives. I’ve heard lots of stories. Mostly, therapy isn’t what you think it is. I’m here to relate to what you think is important and see how I can help you. I think it’s so fun to help teens figure out how to handle their crazy lives. I bet sometimes you get frustrated with your parents, teachers, friends, or siblings. It’s a lot to handle, especially with all the schoolwork you have to do, too! Juggling all this in a busy life can bring on the pressure you feel. If you have tried and almost given up on telling people your thoughts and feelings because it’s too hard, I can help you express your thoughts and feelings to people in a way that brings relief.
Did your mom or dad show you my website? If they call me, I will ask to talk to you for a minute on the phone. YOUR thoughts and questions are important to me!
P.S. Mom, I know you’re reading this. Please go get your teen and ask THEM to read it. 🙂