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Teenage Therapy and Counselling

Billy Smith Therapy -youth looking upset and lost
Billy Smith Therapy - person in a single session therapy session

What is teenage therapy and counselling?

Teenage therapy, also referred to as adolescent counselling, can help young people deal with challenges and their effects on their wellbeing. 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 are typical teenage problems?

A young person in distress
  • Peer pressure and competition are immense for young people today.
  • Bullying.
  • Self-esteem and body image.
  • Stress.
  • Social media
  • Games addiction.
  • Alcohol and substance abuse are often symptoms of underlying issues.
  • Sex.

When is the right time to call?

One of my areas of interest as a therapist is working with teens and their families. Parents contact me and often ask “teenagers are supposed to be moody and irritable, aren’t they?”. The parent/s may feel they are overreacting. As a parent, you know when things could be better. You’ve probably known your child the longest of anyone. It’s a difficult choice to make. You want to help your child. However, you realise they are growing and developing and may need room to do just that. Trust your instincts.

Does my teenager need therapy?

Below are some signals that may indicate your child could benefit from the help of a therapist:

Your teenagers place in society.

  • 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?

Friendship group.

  • 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.

They are 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 this is the case, don’t delay. Get help!

If you are uncertain, ask your teen. Young people have their own opinions. Asking questions, e.g. ‘how do you feel about therapy’, or ‘would you like to talk to someone outside the family’ may help them feel involved and more likely to engage with teenage therapy. Knowing the option is there may be all they need, support wise. Your child may know that it’s time. Maybe they just needed to know it’s an option. By asking if they’d like to see a therapist, you’re showing your teen that counselling may be a positive step.

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