Counseling For Adolescents
The teen years are difficult enough to navigate, even when emotional or behavioral struggles are absent. Adding emotional or behavioral struggles into the mix can cause heartache and concern. Teens do not understand exactly where these struggles are coming from or have the words to describe their inner thoughts and feelings.
Their inner experience of these specific thoughts and feelings might be new for them and seem complex. Their concept of who they are in this world is coming into focus as they seek to understand where and how they fit into their family systems and friend groups. All the while, these same young people are trying to keep their grades up, perform well in school activities, manage expectations and responsibilities, and navigate social dynamics.
Some common examples of struggles teens might be experiencing which warrant parents to seek counseling are the following: strained relationships, ADHD, depression, anxiety, trauma, substance abuse, peer groups, bullying, perfectionism, student-athletes, and gifted students.
What are some red flags for teenagers?
- A significant change in mood or appetite
- A significant change in friendships
- A shift toward isolating
- Increased stress or anxiety
- A major loss due to death, a move, or divorce
- Getting in trouble at school
- Acting out via anger and destructive behavior
- Severe decline in grades
- Losing enjoyment for things and activities they used to enjoy
- Major changes in sleep patterns
- Mention of suicidal thoughts or self-harm
Parents often turn to therapy out of concern for their teenager. Parents hurt to see their teen struggling and notice a significant difference in their mood and behavior while at the same time, feeling overwhelmed doing what they can to help their teen. Teens often are hesitant to discuss their problems with others or their parents. They may believe nobody can help them, not even their parents. At Sugar Grove Wellness, LLC, my goal is to help your teen to recognize problems on their own and have the tools needed to fix them. I also work to repair communication skills and help families resolve any internal
I am proud to say my past and current clients have seen much success in their lives working with me to become much more happy and confident individuals. I am committed to helping your teen get back to enjoying life again. If you would like to schedule an appointment or have questions, please call 630-962-2725 or email email@example.com.