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  • Therapy for Teens

    Common Adolescent Issues

    • The preteen and teen years are a time when communication with parents often declines and conflict may increase.
    • Depression and/or anxiety may cause further withdrawal.
    • It can be difficult for parents to determine when a teen’s irritability and withdrawal are a normal part of growing up or a problem that needs to be addressed.
    • Teens often turn to alcohol and other drugs to self-medicate.

    How can therapy help?

    • Because of their growing need for independence, teenagers will often share their feelings and problems more readily with a therapist than they will with their parents.
    • Rather than indicating a flaw in your parenting, seeking help at this time shows that you want what is best for your son or daughter.
    • Often, teens are intimidated by their parents’ well-developed and clearly expressed solutions to problems.
    • It takes patience, objectivity, and some humor to encourage teens to begin to come up with their own ideas to solve their problems.
    • Parent’s fears make this process difficult, and a few sessions with a skilled therapist can make it easier.

    How does therapy work at this age?

    • A psychologist can assess how your teen’s emotional and behavioral issues compare to others in the same age range
    • Communicating this information to the teen and parents can be helpful in itself.
    • Therapy increases a teen’s skill and confidence in communicating with parents.
    • Increasing independence for the adolescent is a goal of therapy.