Adolescent Challenges

“It's easier to floss with barbed wire than admit you
like someone in middle school.”

If your teen is experiencing problems with relationships and life in general, you are not alone. This is a common stage in their life. Adolescents are under extreme stress from all sides. They are no longer children and not yet adults. Other than infancy, it is the single most mentally and physically accelerated developmental time in anyone’s life.  Clicking on information on the type of stresses will take you to a detailed page on developmental stresses and causes.
There are often increased arguments with parents. Young people demand more privacy and personal freedoms. Teens are attempting to become more independent and distance from parents. Preteens and teens look to peers for support and answers instead of parents. This often leaves parents feeling betrayed or insignificant. Individual teen and family counseling can help.

Teen stresses often lead to :

  • depression
  • anxiety
  • panic attacks
  • eating disorders
  • cutting
  • low self-worth
  • social phobia
  • family conflict
  • substance use/abuse
  • other behavioral issues.
Adolescents generally do not respond well to ‘talk therapy’ alone. They are emotionally driven. Interactive therapies are more results oriented.  These interactive exercises include art, music, journaling, movement, EMDR, games, and groups.
Counseling can provide and result in;
  • a safe place for teens to discuss feelings.
  • better communication in all relationships.
  • an improved sense of self and self-worth.
  • improved ability to establish appropriate boundaries.
  • new coping skills to reduce anxiety, stress, depression and substance use.
  • managing impulse control and appropriate anger expression.
I have worked with ethnically diverse teens on a volunteer and professional basis for more than 20 years. I use and have created activities and games designed to assist youths to develop a keen sense of self-worth and respect for others.  Recommended reading can be found by clicking on teen books & articles.
If you have an adolescent struggling with issues,
please give me a call.