Teenager therapy also referred to as adolescent counselling, can help young people deal with challenges and well-being. Young people are struggling with how they feel, particularly in this pandemic. Teenager therapy can provide a safe, non-judgmental, confidential place to talk. Therapy can make a positive difference in their lives. However, sometimes it is difficult for people to open up to people they know. A therapist is not involved in the teenagers’ day-to-day life and can help identify the challenges and overcome them.
What can teenager therapy help with?
- Peer pressure and competition are immense for young people today.
- Self-esteem and body image.
- Social media
- Games addiction.
- Alcohol and substance abuse are often symptoms of underlying issues.
Signs to look out for where teenager therapy can help.
- Have there been dramatic changes in their behaviour lately?
- How is their schoolwork? Improved or declined?
- Do they seem to be more stressed than usual?
- Are they moody and miserable at home?
- Are they getting into more trouble more often?
- Do they try to avoid social contact? School or leisure time?
- Does your young person avoid old friendship groups?
- Are they avoiding social interactions?
- Does your child seem annoyed with their friends?
- Has your teenager developed completely new friends?
- Does your child not have any friends?
Disruption in their sleep pattern.
- Have your child’s sleeping habits changed?
- Does your child always feel tired?
- Does your child sleep rather than do something they used to like.
Is your teenager harming themselves?
- Is your teenager self harming?
- Does your child need help due to alcohol consumption?
- Are drugs a problem for your child – directly or indirectly?
A preoccupation with death.
- Are there signs your child is obsessed with death?
- Is your child talking about hurting themselves or others?
If you are uncertain, ask your teen. Young people have their own opinions. For example, ask questions such as “how do you feel about therapy” or “would you like to talk to someone outside the family”. They may feel more involved. Likewise, more likely to engage. Knowing the option is there may be all they need.