Being a teenager is hard stuff. It’s a time in life of physical, emotional, hormonal, intellectual, and social changes. No wonder it’s stressful. Also, add to that the mounting pressures technology and social media place on teens. It’s clear why so many struggle with being emotionally and mentally healthy.
Common Reasons Teens Begin Counseling
Sadness, hopelessness: What happened to my happy kid? No one is happy all the time, but has sadness become the de facto daily emotion for your teen? Have you noticed your teen breaking out into tears? Do insignificant matters seem huge? Are they telling you he/she doesn’t understand why they’re so unhappy?
Irritability, anger, or hostility: Some of this is expected with a teenager. In fact, this can be expected from anyone. However, if these feelings start becoming more frequent, intense, or are unusual for your teen, it may be an indication there is a bigger problem.
Withdrawal from friends or family: Does your teen spend more and more time in their room? Avoiding social situations? How often are they engaging with their peers or participating in family activities?
Loss of interest in activities: Is your teen suddenly disinterested in playing in the band or signing up for soccer? Does he/she not want to do much of anything anymore?
Poor school performance: Falling grades and difficultly concentrating can be a big sign that something is not right. It can be hard to focus on schoolwork if your teen is feeling depressed or anxious.
Changes in eating or sleeping habits: Is your teen suddenly not interested in eating? Or the very opposite — is he/she going on food binges? Have you noticed your teen asleep at odd hours or up all night?
Of course, it's common for teens to experience anxiety, depression, social difficulties, and stress. Seeking counseling from the therapists at Move Forward Counseling for your teenager can be helpful. So, Move Forward is a safe, welcoming place to talk through their struggles, and can show them healthy coping techniques. Our counselors can offer tips for your teenager on technology use. Focusing on the positivity of change. And, how to be the best version of themselves every day.
For parents, we can help provide you with suggestions on how to communicate better with your teen and how to support them through difficult times. Being an ally for them. Reminding them to use their coping skills. And, maintaining healthy habits and routines. All of this can help your teen feel better.
Move Forward Counseling's Approach to Therapy for Teens
Every teen and their family is unique and we tailor our treatment to each individual's specific symptoms and issues. So, if your teen is experiencing anxiety and/or depression, we may use Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) to help them reframe their negative thoughts into more positive, realistic thoughts. When your teen is struggling with conflicts with friends we can teach them assertiveness skills. how to set healthy boundaries, and use appropriate social skills.
For teens who have experienced trauma, we use TF-CBT (Trauma-Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy). This is an evidence-based treatment designed to help children, adolescents, and parents overcome traumatic events.
Confidentiality and Your Teen in Therapy
In Pennsylvania, minors age 14 and up are considered adults when it comes to accessing mental health treatment. What that means is that your teen can decide if they want their parent involved in their treatment or not. Depending on your teen's wishes the therapist may share very little information with parents about their teen's treatment. This law certainly has its pros and cons. But, be assured that if your teen is at risk of harming themselves or someone else the therapist will inform the parent and/or take the appropriate action to keep your adolescent safe.
Your teen doesn't have to feel miserable during this stage in their lives. Counseling can help your teen feel more confident and enjoy school and their social life. Our mental health private practice in Lancaster, Pennsylvania has several caring therapists that specialize in the teen population. In fact, we can help you anywhere in the state with online therapy in Pennsylvania. To start your counseling journey, follow these simple steps:
Contact our administrative assistant to be matched up with the right therapist and schedule your initial appointment.
Meet with one of our caring therapists for your intake appointment.
Start enjoying school and your social life again.
Other Therapy Services at Move Forward Counseling
Therapy for teens isn't all we offer in our Lancaster, PA therapy offices. First, we can offer online therapy in Pennsylvania, no matter where you are in the state. Additionally, we offer therapy for anxiety, depression treatment, trauma therapy, relationship counseling, and more. Furthermore, our therapists provide specialized services for LGBTQ+ issues, therapy for life transitions, caregiver stress, and infertility counseling. Finally, we help twenty-somethings, and anyone dealing with body image issues find a way to move forward. Contact us today to get started!