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THERAPY HELPS TEENS

"I love when my kids tell me they’re bored. As if the lady standing in front of a full sink of dirty dishes is where you go to get ideas
about how to have a good time." — Anonymous​

 

Raising a teenager can be - oh so interesting. On a good day, you might get a grunt or maybe even a smile. When they're struggling though, it is not uncommon for teens to withdraw from activities and people, isolate themselves, become anxious, experience perfectionism, talk negatively to themselves, or even have depression. As a parent, it can be difficult to discern what's normal "teenage" behavior from what might be problem behavior.

 

A simple review of some symptoms can help assess whether your teen is struggling:

- withdrawing from friends and family

- sleeping excessively

- avoiding others / places

- afraid to make mistakes

- negative self-image / self-talk

- feeling down, depressed, hopeless

- irritable (more than normal)

- having difficulty concentrating/focus

- unmotivated to go to school or do homework

 

If your teenager has one or more of these symptoms, therapy can help! Therapy gives teens a safe space to process their experiences, feel heard and validated. And, because therapists are not their parents, we have a bit of an edge where we can create an outlet and bond where they feel safe, let their guard down and share what is bothering them. They typically work on changing their own behaviors! 

It can be super frustrating when you don't know why your teen suddenly becomes sullen and non-communicative, but there is hope! Let’s work together to help your child get back to being a teenager again.​

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