Teen Counseling Information for Parents

Your teens developmental state of emotion is fragile. Often, when teen depression or anxiety hits, parents are perplexed with what to do. Its important as a parent, to learn skills alongside your teen to help support them through troubling times. A teens brain is still developing a part of the brain called the Prefrontal Cortex. This part of the brain is still developing which prohibits your teens from tapping into vital decision making tools that the matured adult brain has. Its hard to see that through behaviors teens exhibit and other times its apparent.

Remember when you were a teen? Life was a little different, I am sure that you remember challenging times and the not so great advice that you got from your family. It seems like more parenting to a teen. Often, therapy helps your teen discuss freely what is going on with them, explore emotions in a safe way, and process difficult emotions, while at the same time, increasing growth and development of the Prefrontal Cortex. The therapist becomes a sounding board and a non-judgemental party who can help your teen talk through issues, learn new coping skills, and learn interventions that can be useful at home, with friends and family, and in school to keep them moving forward and true to themselves in the process.

Why is teen counseling information helpful for parents? Often, you can’t do it all, sometimes parents are too close to see the heavy impact on a teens experience. If you notice your teen having sudden behavior or defiance that was not present before, drop in school grades, a withdrawal from usual activities, conflict with friends, depressed mood, or worrisome behaviors, less sleeping, or reports from teachers, it might be time to get a professional opinion on potential emotional or mental health related concerns.

If you are experiencing a crisis with your teen, know that their emotions are not to be ignored. Below are a few local resources that can help with crisis. If you are in an emergency situation with your teen, call 911.

Teen Counseling Information for Parents

Metro Crisis Line http://www.metrocrisisservices.org1-844-493-8255

Teen Depression Information https://www.nimh.nih.gov/health/publications/teen-depression/index.shtml

Teen Mental Health http://teenmentalhealth.org/learn/mental-disorders/depression/