Therapy for Teens
Is your teen under a lot of stress? Do they not seem as happy as they once did. Maybe they are isolating and turning to “screens” more each day? Do you suspect that they are coping in unhealthy ways?
Most of us remember our teenage years as a combination of fun, increasing freedom, and some stress. Your teen is likely experiencing some of the same things. During this time their hormone levels are skyrocketing, making the feel emotionally out of control. They may also feel a greater need to perform well academically and fit into social circles. Let’s not forget the impact of the pandemic – it’s a lot! All of this stress can take its toll on a teen’s mental health and overall well-being, all while they are trying to discover who they are and form their identity.
Common Life Challenges Among Teens
Teens can often face some serious life challenges that impact their mental health and well-being.
Loss can come in the form of a death of a loved one, including a pet, and it can also come in the form of parental separation or divorce. Loss also happens when a family moves to a new location and the teen must go to a new school.
A little stress is normal in life and can even be motivating. But too much stress can cause burnout at any age. Many teens face tremendous amounts of stress to do well in school, hold down a job, and be accepted by their peers.
Teens that are bullied at school or at home suffer, and often alone. If not dealt with, the aftermath of violence can result in PTSD symptoms.
This is not an exhaustive list of reasons why a teen may want to speak with a therapist by any means. If you think your teen could benefit from therapy, please reach out to me.