Psychotherapy for Adolescents

Figuring out the teen years can be challenging for parents and youth. Adolescence is often a time of intense upheaval and transition. On average, an adolescent experiences more recurrent and more dramatic emotional swings than do people of other ages. Adolescents can feel pulled in different directions by the conflicting messages, ideals and desires of the adults and peers in their lives.  Longing to be accepted; struggling to make sense of their own rapidly shifting emotions and experiences; and seeking to forge their own values and identity; many adolescents end up feeling isolated or turn to risk-taking behaviors.

Our Specialties with Adolescents

We provide adolescents with a safe and non-judgmental space to reflect on who they have been and discover who they are becoming. Through an objective, supportive counseling relationship teens can work to define who they are and develop the skills needed to move in a positive direction. We help adolescents explore and understand their conflicting feelings and desires, develop their own ideas and values, and think through the consequences of their actions in life. 

Common Struggles in Adolescence

  • Social Pressures
  • Self-esteem
  • Communication
  • Self-awareness, motivation, courage, and joy
  • Sexuality/Relationships
  • Stress
  • Shifting identity concerns
  • Drugs/Alcohol
  • Conflict with parents

Some adolescents can tell their parents that they need help, while others may struggle to communicate directly.  Common signs that an adolescent may benefit from therapy are:

  • Dramatic shifts in identity, interest or mood
  • Social Withdrawal/Isolation
  • Risk-taking behaviors
  • Self-harm
  • Depression, anger and/or irritable mood
  • Disordered eating or body-image distortion

Again, we know you know your adolescent best and we will work closely with you to help renew the feelings of support and connection to your teen. We also will help improve the ability to create and agree on realistic goals related to your teen while renewing confidence in your enhanced and effective parenting skills.