Today’s teenagers are under a great deal of stress and are often silenced by their many social and family pressures. Providing teens with the opportunity to take part in their own counseling allows them to further develop skills which promote independence. Therapy for adolescents and teens can help teens improve their overall functioning at home, school, within the family, and with peers/social environment.
Common reasons adolescents/teens go to counseling:
- Parents experience teen as being increasingly oppositional and defiant
- Chemical dependency
- School failure – drop in grades
- Struggles with peer relationships
- Gender role and sexual identity questioning
- Self-harm behaviors
- Increased sadness
- Stress management
- Social skills
- Lack of meaningful relationships
- Teen pregnancy
- Medical/physical illness
- Parent separation & divorce
Why would I see a therapist?
- To talk about things (friends, relationships, parents, school, etc.) that are bothering you.
- To get a (non-related) adult’s perspective on your situation.
- To work through a problem that you don’t want to talk with parents or friends about.
- To work through a problem that seems to never go away.
- To better understand yourself.
What will happen when I go in to meet with the therapist for the first time?
- Your therapist will answer questions you might have about the therapist’s background, education, views as a therapist, etc.
- Your therapist will ask you a few questions about what brings you to therapy.
- Your therapist will give you feedback about the few things you shared.
- You will go home.
What will happen during my intake session (usually the 2nd session) with a therapist?
- You (and your parents) will complete the intake paperwork before the session. You will bring this to your intake session.
- Your therapist will read through what you wrote and will ask a few more questions. The questions will be about your history, your reason for coming to therapy, your development as a child (maybe) and your goals for therapy.
- After the intake session, you will begin meeting with your therapist for individual sessions.
What kinds of things can I talk about with my therapist?
- Whatever you want to talk about!
Will my therapist tell my parent(s) what I talk about in therapy?
- No. Your therapist will only talk with your parents if you are in danger. Your therapist will discuss the rules about this during your intake session. In therapy, you really do have a private place to discuss whatever is on your mind.
What does Sentier Psychotherapy want you to know about therapy?
- It’s really not bad! Therapy can be fun. You will not be forced to talk about things you don’t want to talk about.
- You can be in charge of what is discussed in therapy.
- Your therapist can help you to work better with your parents (if this is one of your goals). Sometimes having a trusted adult work with you and your parents can help you improve your relationship with your parents.
- Your therapist will not bite.
Apps for Teens:
Stop, Breathe & Think
A meditation app that provides timers, tracks progress, and helps teens work compassion and mindfulness into their daily lives. This is one of Megan’s favorites. You can definitely find this app on her phone!
Learn about almost anything for free. Great resource for homework help.
Books for Teens:
Research shows that people who consistently express gratitude feel healthier, more optimistic and more satisfied with their lives. This journal is a great tool that can help your teen pave the way to achieve internal happiness.