Therapy for Teens
A lot of mental health issues that adults experience begin to manifest in teen years. Teens can struggle with anxiety, depression, panic attacks and issues related to self-esteem as they begin to transition into becoming more independent and developing an identity of their own. This can all impact changes in behavior, mood and thought patterns. Teens also battle hard decision-making around peer pressure, romantic relationships, peer groups, alcohol and drugs as well as wanting to “fit in.” Engaging in therapy can help teens to develop their identity as they mature and grow, as well as gain healthy coping skills at the front end of mental health issues.
It can be troublesome at this time of adolescence for family members to distinguish between what is “normal” teen behavior and what may signify a bigger issue. If something is impacting your child’s behavior at home or at school or affecting their happiness, it’s worth a discussion with a mental health practitioner who is specialized in working with this age group. This can help to better define what issues may be there and what level of attention they may need.
During the first visit, the assessment, teens have the opportunity to get to know the mental health practitioner one-on-one. At this point they can discuss the symptoms they’re currently experiencing, their stressors, their thought patterns and feelings along with a history of the problem. Parents and caregivers are also involved in this process. They are invited into the initial assessment session at some point to bring forth their concerns and are also involved in the discussion related to how the family will move forward in addressing the issue at hand.