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How do I know if my teenager needs counseling?

Being a teenager can be challenging.

As teenagers, they get to discover their own self-expression, but also developmentally, they are discovering how they are able to function in the world, their actions but also how those actions operate in relation to other people.

Teenagers’ brains are beginning to develop the reward system, which means they are beginning to understand the concept of positive consequences and rewards.

One of the biggest myths surrounding the teenage years is that at this stage of their lives, they’re emotional and impulsive. That’s just not the case. The brains of teenagers are growing, and they’re learning about the consequences of their choices and how the world functions with them in it. Therefore, what we perceive to be like an act of impulsiveness to them is an action that isn’t thought-through because their brains aren’t fully developed. It’s not a reason to justify the behavior of children however it can help us be more effective as parents. For instance, we can assist them in analyzing the implications of their actions.

Why do teens need counselling?

However, during the turbulent time of their life, therapy for teenagers is completely normal and helpful. During this stage of growth it can be difficult for teens to talk about certain aspects of their life in particular with their parents, but If they’re not speaking to you, or the parent, then they have to be talking with someone else about their lives so that they can deal with their emotions and challenges.

Many teenagers receive treatment to discover how they are thinking, expressing emotion and reacting to certain situations. It is a great place for them to explore themselves and provide a healthy boost to their mental health. If your teenager doesn’t have a conversation with you, it is important they find someone such as the mental health professional to talk to and express their feelings.

How do I know when my teenager is in need of counseling?

There are many reasons why you should look into therapy for your teenager are constant sadness, hopelessness and worry, fear and discontent, acting out, difficulty trying to concentrate and focus, major life transitions or a low self-esteem being exhausted or having a negative experience dealing with death, using drugs and feeling lost or talking about harming them. However, therapy doesn’t have to be a last-ditch solution to extreme behavior. It’s perfectly normal and healthy for a teenager to see counsellors, even when there’s nothing to suggest that something is amiss. The maintenance of mental health can be viewed as preventative visits to the doctor or regular exercise. While nothing is seemingly unhealthy, it’s critical to visit these health check-ups to ensure that our bodies are in good health. This is also true for mental health. There is no need to be in a crisis to seek out help from professionals in mental health. We can seek help to keep our health in check.

Teenagers are struggling to determine their identity, and how they fit in the world. Having an outside, neutral hearing instrument to help them through their difficulties regardless of whether they’re critical or not is beneficial for teens, especially if they aren’t actively communicating with you.

How do I get my teenager into therapy?

Again, it’s important to put your children connected to a teen counselor prior to any issues arising. The provision of a resource for help or someone to chat with is vital to maintaining their well being and supporting their development–whether they’re experiencing a crisis or not.

Let the teenagers decide the treatment. It doesn’t need to be something that is orally imposed. It is important to make sure that it is a shared decision to seek help is crucial to the effectiveness of the treatment. It has to be their decision, not other household members’.

The most effective way to go about getting your teen into therapy is to engage in an open conversation about it. Co-create with them what seeking counseling could potentially look like and make it a source for them. Someone they can talk to about everything they’re experiencing, rather than making it an obligation or something that they are required to do. Making them feel free to make their own choices is key in this decision is what the effectiveness of their treatment is based on.

Different types of therapy & what is best for teens

Teenage psychotherapy can take place in three forms: individuals, groups, and family. In some cases, patients are treated with one-on-one treatment. The types of therapies required are dependent upon each scenario.

How does The Flourishing Way counsel teenagers?

The Flourishing Way offers many resources for families of teens. Specializing as a teenage therapist, we offer both individual session and groups for teenagers. For group sessions, we pair with group therapy, yoga and processing together for teens to gain a more enriching perception of themselves as well as others. These settings are suitable for teenagers who want to keep their mental health and well-being and individual sessions can provide support to teens who are in crisis.

The goal of The Flourishing Way is to give families and teenagers the necessary skills to succeed in life. There is no need put off until children are in crises to seek mental health support.

Family therapy

In some instances it is an ideal option for families and their children. It can help families discover the root of the problems that have caused issues that affect our children’s lives. Family therapy is designed to address problems with family relationships and interpersonal issues that impact teen mental health. Therapy is targeted specifically for adolescents struggling with mental health issues within their home environments and their families and can benefit both children and families.

How long does therapy for teens last?

The most effective therapies do not have a specific timeframe. Certain issues can be solved quickly. Others are more complex and may take more time. Each person, their goals for mental health, and health concerns differ and so does the length of therapy sessions. The more effort you put in your time, the more results you see. For example, The Flourishing Way group sessions are the most impactful over a duration of several months. Teens learn to be in touch with other people, share their story through their emotions, connect with their bodies through yoga, and understand their self better. The connection to the self and to others is best practiced over a period of several months.

What happens if they do not like their therapist?

A strong relationship with your therapy professional is crucial. You want your child feel comfortable sharing with you and openly discuss difficult situations. Sometimes therapists aren’t welcoming and often it’s due to the fact that there’s an important lesson to be learned. However, if you feel that the relationship with your therapist doesn’t work for your child or you Always seek out somebody new.

What is the earliest age to attend therapy?

Children can start at any time. For kids that can’t speak yet, there’s play therapy because that’s the language younger children use to express their fears, struggles or fears as well as delights.

There’s a therapist available to anyoneof any age who needs help. A neutral third party can help us sort through issues that to us or our loved ones can be very emotional.

If you, your child or teen need support navigating mental health concerns contact our team of therapists today.