Lakewood Teen TherapistTeen Counseling in Lakewood

Are you worried about your son or daughter?
Does your teen need help?
Have your teens grades started to slip?
Has your teens mood become unbearable?
Have you noticed drastic changes in your teen?
Does your teen feel like no one understands?
Does your teen isolate?
Does your teen become overwhelmed with tasks you feel they can handle?
Are you worried about if your teen is using drugs/alcohol?

I am sure that you do not need a reminder of how adolescences and “tween” years is a period of drastic changes. Their school workload changes, peer groups change or cause turmoil, hormones change, and development of identity cause teens to sometime appear and feel out of control. Here you are wondering what else to do! The slightest event might cause your teens to feel overwhelmed or immediate changes in behaviors and reacting in ways you haven’t seen before. This is a critical period of development for your son or daughter. While you shouldn’t be alarmed at these changes, you should take precautionary measures to have your teen evaluated and provide an outlet for your son/daughter to talk about their problems from their perspective. I am sure you can remember some of your own growth during this period. Sometimes, it is uncomfortable for teens to talk about issues directly with parents. But its important to keep your son/daughter safe and keep open lines of communication about the difficulties they are experiencing. Teen counseling is a way for parents and teens to come together to understand and support your teen. I can help parents and teens get through tough times and create new ways of understanding each other.

Teens can often display masque signs of depression, anxiety disorders, and hidden risk behaviors used to cope. From the perspective of brain development, teens lack the high level cognitive functions that adults have. This means that your teens will struggle with sifting through conflicting thoughts, siding with what is “good” or “bad”, predicting outcomes of situations, working towards goals, and suppressing urges or controlling impulses. The lack of presence of these functions put teens at risk for mood fluctuations, getting into risky situations without seeing the end result, use of drugs or alcohol to cope, or suicidal thought or actions, or in general lack of direction and drive. Without treatment and support, these may develop into permanent or as a “coping” style for your teen to withdrawal, isolate, be defensive, criticize, or more risky impulsive behaviors. Of course, not all teens are alike, but they are unable to separate their emotions from the logical part of the “real world”. So they can’t just “stop doing something” or “change their attitude” without being shown how to practice flexibility and without being shown how.

As a parent, it is also helpful to know how to support your teen during this time. Throughout the course of therapy, you will be provided information to help support yourself and your teen during these rocky changes that present. My role as a therapist is to share information that his helpful for your teens recovery. That means not divulging every detail about our sessions, but gearing towards exactly what you need to know to help support, increase communication, ask the right questions, and look for changes to note your teens improvement.

Teens face special issues of development, I can help them understand what they are going through to help them make positive and healthy changes in their lives. Through talk therapy, interactive sessions, and art as therapy teens get to know themselves and who they want to be outside of the expectations everyone else has for them. Therapy can be a healthy options for teens to explore struggles such as depression, anxiety, OCD, perfectionism, changes in grades, goals for the future, relationships, communication, and turning away from unhealthy and risky behaviors such as substance abuse, alcohol, running away, lying, and stealing.
If your teens is struggling with some of these issues, take a moment to ask yourself,
“Will things get worse if I do nothing”. If so, please call for a phone consultation or to schedule a teen counseling intake session.

If you need help with your teenage son or daughter, we have two therapists who specialize in teen Counseling in Lakewood, Lori Johnson and Lacie Grunska Call for teen Counseling in Lakewood+1 (720) 295-9522