Therapy for Teenagers

A time of change

Adolescence is a time of exploration, of trying out different things and building one’s identity. But this is also a time of change and instability that many teens find challenging. Perhaps the greatest difficulty that many adolescents face is not being understood by the important people in their lives. At this time many teenagers appreciate an opportunity to discuss their concerns in an accepting and unbiased atmosphere. Below is a list of concerns that many teens share:

  • Feeling unattractive
  • Feeling lonely and left-out
  • Not fitting into the group
  • Romantic problems
  • Making important decisions
  • Mood swings and anxiety
  • Suicidal thoughts

Parenting adolescents is a tough job

Parenting a teenager can be stressful. Teens strive for independence and privacy, but they also need help in making decisions and finding their place in the world. Parents often experience a great deal of stress when their child enters the teenage years. Even if you have a good relationship with your child, once your child hits adolescence, you may feel that you are “losing touch”.  Here is a list of common concerns parents have:

  • Difficulty negotiating rights and responsibilities
  • Losing your parental authority
  • Losing touch with your teen
  • Conflicts at home
  • Concerns about bad peer influence
  • Concerns about smoking/alcohol/drug use

If you feel that your teen has a problem, or you need help in improving your relationship with your teen, call me at (514) 704-1307.