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These days, within an increasingly technological space, it seems teens and young adults are faced with more pressures and influences then ever before. It is common for them not to want to open up to their parents and this can be extremely frustrating as a parent, when you are doing your best to help. Therapy can give them a space to express themselves openly and learn the necessary coping mechanisms to build strength and resilience.

Teens and young adults tend to respond well to talk therapy as they are often wanting a space to vocalize their emotions. Creative modalities are also really powerful and are used in conjunction with talk therapy and mindfulness techniques. They often enjoy practical ways of applying what they learn in therapy. Hands-on activities and challenges can help them to grow and develop their ways of coping.

 

Parents may still form an important part of the therapy process. However, it is the child's choice as to the extent of the involvement as respecting a child's right to confidentiality is a particularly important in building a trusting relationship. ​

Please see common issues arising in teens below.
 

  • Friendship issues

  • Social pressures

  • Identity issues

  • Anger issues 

  • Lacking confidence or self-esteem

  • Emotional regulation 

  • Adjustment difficulties

  • Stress

  • Lack of direction/motivation

  • Behavioral problems 

  • Negative thought patterns

  • Eating problems

  • Sleep issues 

  • Social media or gaming addiction

  • Self harm 

  • Depression 

  • Anxiety

  • Trauma 

  • Grief and loss

Is your teen irritable often, grouchy or moody a lot of the time?  Do they loose their temper easily or snap at you unnecessarily?  Do they seem to have stopped enjoying activities which used to excite them?  Are they struggling to concentrate at school or at home?  Are they questioning their self worth or their purpose? Perhaps there are declines in their school marks or performance.  Or maybe they are struggling with the eating or sleeping patterns.  They may be isolating or withdrawing themselves. They may even be engaging in risky behaviors or acting out recklessly. 

As a parent it can be easy to overlook these signs as 'normal teenage angst' but it is important that when you do notice these signs and symptoms that you take them seriously and seek support for you teen,