If You’re A Teen, Figuring Things Out Can Be Quite Challenging At Times
No one prepared you for all the challenges of adolescence – the peer pressure, the academic stress, and the unrealistic expectations from social media.
Your parents are trying to help in the best way they know how – but even their efforts might not be enough. Deep down, you feel like no one understands all the challenges on your plate or knows how to relate to you. This could make you lonely, sad, and anxious about where to turn for support.
You persistently try different solutions – new friends, new clothes, new piercings, new tattoos, new habits like drinking and smoking…but nothing actually seems to make a difference in your life. As a result, you probably wish there was someone to guide you through this challenging time of life.
On The Other Hand, Maybe You’re The Parent Of A Struggling Teen
You see it in their daily habits – the low energy, the withdrawal, the sullenness, anger, and fear.
But they won’t tell you what’s going on anymore. It’s like there’s an invisible wall between you and your teenager. Your role has changed, too – once you were the manager of their daily activities. Now that your child is a teenager, they aren’t relying on you as much. They’re starting to form their own identity.
Unfortunately, the chronic influx of peer pressure and negative influences from social media makes finding one’s own voice difficult. Your teen is bombarded with so many images and ideas every day that it’s hard to slow down and get in touch with their authentic self.
Here at IntrinPsych Woman, we specialize in helping teenagers find a path that’s unique to them and speaks to their deepest goals and values. Therapy can help teens improve their mood, become more comfortable in their own skin, and deepen their relationship with their parents.
Many Teenagers Feel Lost, Depressed, And Unable To Find Their Way
Believe it or not, today’s teens are actually right – the teenage years are far more stressful for this generation than for any previous one. When we were young we didn’t have to contend with cell phones and social media. We could unplug and turn off when we got home from school.
That’s not the case anymore. Kids and teens now face extra pressure from social media to fit in, look beautiful, wear all the nicest clothes, and have the most friends. They see other people’s highlight reels on Instagram and feel like they’re missing out. They also have to deal with negative comments, cyberbullying, and bad advice from popular influencers.
All of these factors combine to make life more challenging for teens. Sure, these kinds of pressures were around when we were young, but they weren’t constantly being funneled through the very same device we use to stay in touch with our friends.
Teens Often Feel Split Between Being Independent And Seeking Guidance From Adults
Most teens want adult guidance, but they don’t want it from the people who actually set limits and impose rules in their daily lives. Since they’re starting to form their own identity and depend on their parents less, they don’t want to turn to their parents every time there’s a problem.
Naturally, this increases the risk of teens trying to solve their issues alone. But without the help of an adult, they often to turn to drugs, alcohol, and other less-than-helpful coping strategies. That’s why therapy is so vital for teens. It’s a chance for them to get support from a trustworthy adult who isn’t responsible for setting the rules and consequences.
Therapy Can Help Teens Increase Their Confidence And Get In Touch With Their Authentic Selves
They deserve a safe space where they can process their emotions and think out loud about their lives without fear of being judged or reprimanded. That’s what counseling provides. By meeting with teens on a weekly basis and bringing their parents into consultation, we’ll not only help teens navigate adolescence, but also give their parents the skills and tools to support them more effectively. This way, therapy can help parents and teens deepen their connection with each other and experience greater peace in the home.
What To Expect In Sessions
During the intake process, we generally split time between the parent and teen so that we can meet with both. In some cases, we may wait a few sessions before bringing in the parent, but that’s entirely up to each teen and family. We tailor our approach to suit the needs of the individual and always strive to maintain their privacy. Our therapists have the experience and expertise to navigate the difficult terrain of keeping parents informed and involved while still ensuring each teen’s confidentiality.
The content of our sessions is dependent on each teen – what they need, what they’re struggling with, and what their objectives for therapy are. The long-term goal is safe navigation through a chaotic time of life and emergence on the other side, empowering teens to build confidence and self-awareness.
We teach teens skills for regulating their emotions, increasing their distress tolerance, and improving their communication. These skills are crucial for reducing the impulsivity that’s so common during adolescence. Instead of reacting instinctively to what’s going on around them, teens will learn to step back, press pause, and choose healthier responses to their situation.
Ultimately, it’s important to remember that adolescence ends. The changes that feel too stressful to handle now will not be here forever. Through the power of therapy, teens can learn to manage depression, anxiety, and all the other mental health challenges of the teenage years.
You May Have Some Questions And Concerns About Teen Therapy…
Are teen counseling sessions confidential?
Confidentiality is crucial for effective therapy – it creates trust between a teen and their therapist. If a teen can’t safely share everything on their mind, then their therapist won’t have all the information they need to help them. The rules of confidentiality are set at the beginning of treatment so that there is mutual understanding between teens and parents about what is private and what is not.
Will my teenager have to take medication?
Medication doesn’t fix problems, but, in some situations, it can increase the energy and motivation required to fix problems. That said, we respect a parent’s concerns in this area – we know that some medications have negative side effects. Therapy is often powerful enough that medication is not needed. But if you and your teen want to get in touch with a prescriber, we would be more than happy to connect you with one!
What if my teen won’t talk?
This is a very common concern for parents. The good news is that most teens are pleasantly surprised by how comfortable they feel in our sessions – they can say whatever they want without fear of being judged, patronized, or told what to do. And if your teen is on the shyer side, that’s okay. They don’t have to open up on day one. We prioritize going at a pace that’s right for each teen.
The Teenage Years Don’t Have To Be So Stressful
With the right help and support, they can be a time of growth, exploration, and fulfillment. To connect with a teen counselor, call us at (917) 750-1330 to schedule a free, 20-minute phone consultation.
Resilience is known as the ability to adapt to hard and challenging events that can occur in someone’s life. Most of the time, resilience is learned from everyday experiences that someone goes through.