Teens and Adolescent Services
Are You Concerned About Your Teen’s Behavioral And Emotional Health?
Is your adolescent (or preteen) behaving in ways that confuse and concern you? Is he or she struggling to navigate academic, emotional and/or social pressures? Maybe your teen is withdrawing, lashing out or making unsafe choices. Perhaps your teen is experiencing intense worry and anxiety. Do you feel disconnected from your teen? Are you worried about your teenager’s future?
Do you wish you could determine whether your adolescent is facing a problem deeper than just hormones and growing pains?
Often the adolescent years bring overwhelming fear, anger and confusion. Teens sometimes turn to harmful behaviors or disconnect from the world around them. These troubling behaviors can be accentuated by life changes, such as family separation, a move or a troubled relationship. Alternatively, these behaviors seem to take place for no reason at all. A struggling teenager may have peer and family relationships that are suffering and grades that are fluctuating.
Many parents crave to know whether their child needs help and what type of help can really make a difference.
Seeing an your teen losing control of his or her emotions can be frustrating and even terrifying. There may be frequent arguments, dishonesty and emotional pain emerging in your parent/child relationship. Trying to understand your growing teen can be an overwhelming struggle. You may feel incredibly angry, sad, exhausted and even indifferent – all in the course of one day.
How do I know if this is a phase that my teen will grow out of or if something more serious is occurring?
In an initial therapy assessment, our experienced licensed therapists can determine the nature and severity of the situation and issues at hand. Our licensed therapists will immediately consider the extent to which your child may benefit from counseling and determine what he or she may need to address during the therapeutic alliance. A prompt and thorough exploration allows our therapist to identify signs of something serious (or not), which will discussed with you and/or your teen.
Even if your teen’s experience can be explained as normal adolescent behavior, ongoing behaviors and challenging emotions can lead to more severe problems, which can be prevented by proactive measures such as teen counseling. The resources and tools provided will be useful and provide insight and relief right away.
What if my teen refuses to go to counseling?
It is not uncommon for teens to resist therapy. However, it’s quite common for teens to deeply enjoy and appreciate therapy once they establish a relationship with their therapist. If your teen is struggling, healthy development may depend on a new experience where he or she feels heard and is able and willing to access the support that is needed. It may be best at first to gently yet firmly explain to your child that counseling is something you are going to try out.
It may be a struggle at first, but once in our office, teens usually begin to view therapy as a positive and productive experience.
We invite you to call for a free phone consultation or to schedule your first appointment so we can explore how therapy can help your teen. We'll be happy to discuss your specific situation and needs, and to answer any questions you have about teen counseling and our therapy practice.
What Services Are Provided?
- Individual, family and group sessions
- Integrated treatment for co-occurring substance abuse and mental health disorders
- Trauma related services
- Solution oriented care (brief and ongoing)
- Motivational enhancement and life skills
- Care coordination with child and adult serving systems and agencies
- Employment support (pre-employment, workplace concerns, career transitions)
- Health and wellness, anger, depression and stress management groups
Teen and Adolescent Services
- Comprehensive Assessments
- Gain Assessments (Substance Abuse)
- Family Therapy
- Individual Therapy
- Prescriber Services
- The Seven Challenges
- Evaluations and Medication Management
- Case Management
- Parent Partners & Peer Counselors
- Family and Kinship Resource and Support Groups
- Therapy Groups: TF-CBT/Art Therapy