Therapy for Teens
The teenage years are a time of profound change and growth, and for many, intense struggle and insecurity. The pandemic in particular has created an added layer of mental health suffering and struggle for many teens. I have worked with teens for almost two decades in varying capacities, and love the opportunity to support teens in developing healthy coping tools, and learning and loving themselves better.
Common Life Challenges Among Teens
Teens can often face some serious life challenges that impact their mental health and well-being.
- Loss – Loss can come in the form of a death of a loved one, including a pet, and it can also come in the form of parental separation or divorce. A loss also happens when a family moves to a new location and the teen must go to a new school.
- Sexuality and Gender Identity: I specialize in working with LGBTQI+ youth. Questioning or coming to terms with a marginalized and stigmatized gender identity or sexual orientation can be a painful process for teens, and parents also need help knowing how to be supportive.
- Stress – Many teens face tremendous amounts of stress to do well in school, hold down a job, and be accepted by their peers.
- Violence – Teens that are bullied at school or at home suffer, and are often alone. If not dealt with, the aftermath of violence can result in PTSD symptoms.
If your teen is struggling right now and could benefit from therapy, please reach out to me.