Adolescence is a journey. During this time we question much of what we were taught as children by school, parents, and society. This is healthy and normal; however, at this time in life, we can get off the path and venture into bad territory.
If your child is getting in trouble in school, acting out, or struggling to comply with school requirements, you may be struggling to know when to step in and when to let go. Changed behavior in teenagers is especially challenging because teenagers often develop a strong desire to fit in with their peers, and while this is normal and healthy, it can complicate your efforts to effect change in your teenager’s life.
If the group your child belongs to behaves in ways that are disruptive and damaging to your child’s health and future, you may need a professional to help your child learn to balance his or her development with taking responsibility for their future.
Troubling signs to look out for
Teens today are under a lot of pressure from peers, school, family, and more. The burden of stress can cause teenagers to act out or start behaving differently. If you are worried about how your teenager is coping, counseling can help.
If your teen seems to have become excessively worried, angry, or irritable, or if your child has changed their group of friends or has no friends, this is something you should investigate and understand. Signs of a mental health problem such as excessive moodiness, sadness, or anxiety also should not be ignored.
All teenagers go through ups and downs. This period of life is filled with confusion, changes, and sometimes drama. However, if you see your child moving down a destructive or dangerous path, it is important to find help in order to protect your child and the wellbeing of the entire family.
What happens in therapy for teens
Counseling creates a safe space in your teenager’s life by providing them with a place to consult, recuperate, and be challenged to get better. Counseling may help your child regain self-worth, reintegrate into your family, or do better in school.
Therapy is a safe place where your teenager can confront difficult emotions and behavior. I will challenge your teenager to change and grow while helping them learn to take stock of the moment and think things through.
Treating your teen may involve the whole family
When meeting with your teenager with the first time, I will ask that you attend the first 30 minutes of our session.
Every family has different dynamics that have a lifelong impact on the child. Family therapy for a teenager is vastly beneficial because therapy can guide the development of healthy boundaries and limits. Even more importantly, therapy helps you learn how to better relate, as parents, to your teenager. As the parent of a teenager, it is important for you to be able to navigate your relationship with your child in a healthy way in order to protect and improve it.
George Daniels has been working with families and teenagers for over three decades. If your family or teenager is in crisis or just needs some help, you are welcome to call and book an appointment or fill out the contact form and click Send.