Therapy for Teens
Adolescence is a critical time for girls since they are quickly developing in all areas. With the right therapy or mentoring, teen girls grow and become happy, productive women. Without the acceptance and direction they need, they may become self-destructive, turning to media abuse, substance use, prescription drugs, alcohol, and food to soothe their anxiety and low self-esteem.
- Are learning to trust their own decisions and perceptions so they can make healthy choices
- They need someone to normalize what they are going through and help them handle these changes
- As adults, we have a opportunity to guide them in a positive direction.
- If we know how to connect, we can teach them how to deal with sex, drugs and alcohol, peers, school, and their changing bodies.
Teen Therapy or Therapeutic Mentoring?
I have found in my work that while most teens shudder at the word ‘therapy,’ However, they are open to meeting with a mentor or a coach.
A teen might not be at all willing to open up at an office face to face with a stranger across a desk, however the prospect of
- Going for a walk in the park
- Completing an art project
- Playing cards
- Shooting some hoops
- Listening to music
offers a comfortable venue for a teenager to explore the challenging aspects of what is emerging during adolescence. Mentoring differs from traditional therapy in that it takes place outside in the world not necessarily in the therapist office. Mentoring can be seen as coaching for the mind. Like a therapeutic relationship, the bond that develops in mentoring is profoundly healing. I believe in developing a strong rapport with my clients. Through the evolution of an authentic relationship, an adolescent can enter into young adulthood with more confidence, maturity and self-awareness.
The important facet of our work is building a trusting relationship so that true vulnerability may be shared and genuine guidance may be both given and received. I help teens navigate important life transitions such as entering college, moving away from home, dealing with first jobs, first relationships, etc;. Other common symptoms that my work addresses:
- Managing stress and anxiety
- Excessively defiant behavior
- Trouble interacting with peers
- Managing family relationships
- Confidence/self-esteem issues