The teenage years is one of those weird experiences that you wouldn’t trade for the world, but you would also do anything to avoid repeating them. Being a teenager is hard! It comes with joy and passion like hanging out with friends, late night phone calls, and after school activities.
But it also comes with growing pains. 12-17 year-olds are at a higher risk for depression and anxiety than any other age group. Other chronic mental illnesses begin to show symptoms during this age as well. Add on top of that the everyday turmoil of going through puberty, brain development, the stress of finding who you are, where you want to go in life, and being a balanced human being. Don’t even mention social pressures to fit in and find “your people.”
It makes sense some teenagers are unhappy, stressed, and unhealthy! They have a lot going on! Adolescents also process the world differently. They have different priorities, emotional responses, and ways of problem solving than adults do. So how can you as a parent provide a happy, fulfilling life for your kids when you don’t even understand what’s going on? Sometimes it can seem like not enough love in the world will do it.
But you aren’t alone. Thriveworks Franklin has years of experience working with teenagers. No one can love your child in the way you do. And it is neither yours nor theirs fault that they’re struggling in some capacity. Counseling can shed a little light onto your adolescent’s struggles and help guide you both towards a happier, healthier life. You can get them the help they need by calling an adolescent counselor or therapist at Thriveworks Franklin at 617-360-7210.
How Can Adolescent Therapy Help?
Every session at Franklin Thriveworks will be different. This is because the two things every session will be is judgment-free and client-first. Your goals and vision are the most important part of a counseling session, and what exactly we talk about or do will be based off of that!
There is also no reason too big or too small that counseling can’t help with. Although we understand it can be a confusing and even scary decision-making process. To make it easier, here are some issues we see teenagers for:
- Depression and Anxiety
- Social anxiety
- School stress
- Video game addiction
- Eating disorders
- Discipline problems
- Deviant behavior in school
- Low self-esteem
- Suicidal ideation
- Family dynamics
It can be hard to separate normal teenage mood from a true problem. And then deciding how to address it can be another big decision. Thriveworks Franklin can educate you and your teen in the best coping mechanisms and pride the support and safe space they need to overcome their battles and thrive.
Even if you have a doubt as to your child’s mental health, it’s a good enough reason to give us a call and we can help walk you through the process. The sooner problems are addressed, the better the outcomes.
What Does Adolescent Therapy Look Like?
Every session will be unique! Our Thriveworks Franklin Adolescent counselors have many tools and years of experience to bring to the table, but much of it depends on your unique situation and personality.
For some teenagers, traditional talk therapy is all they need. Encouragement and the space to verbally work through problems is incredibly powerful. For others, we might employ techniques such as:
- Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (identifying and changing bad thoughts and behavior)
- Dialectical Behavioral Therapy (how to cope with extreme emotions)
- Mindfulness skills
- Strength based strategies
- Teaching coping and self-awareness skills
- Communication skills
- Positive psychology
- Art and music therapy
There are some dark times in the teenage years. But no matter how the situation may look, there is always hope. Franklin Thriveworks is here and excited to walk alongside your teen as they work towards the happy, fulfilling life they deserve! Make an appointment to see a therapist or counselor at Thriveworks Franklin today by calling 617-360-7210.