Is your teen under a lot of stress? Do they not seem as happy as they once did? Do they struggle to follow through with school assignments? Or lack interest in activities they once enjoyed?
Most of us remember our teenage years as a combination of great fun, burgeoning freedom and a tremendous amount of stress. During this time our brains are going through big changes, making us feel emotionally out of control. We also feel a greater need to perform well academically and fit into social circles. All of this stress can take its toll on a teen’s mental health and overall well-being.
Common Life Challenges Among Teens
Teens can often face some serious life challenges that impact their mental health and well-being.
- Stress – A little stress is normal in life and can even be motivating. But too much stress can cause burnout at any age. Many teens face tremendous amounts of stress to do well in school, hold down a job, and be accepted by their peers.
- Anxiety – Some teens struggle with obsessive worry that begins to impact their daily life. Negative thought patterns can emerge and make even small tasks like going to school difficult.
- Identity – Teens are also going through major changes physically, mentally and emotionally. They’re trying to figure out where they fit in socially and within their family. Making major decisions about their future can also feel overwhelming.
This is not an exhaustive list of reasons why a teen may want to speak with a therapist by any means. If you think your teen could benefit from therapy, please reach out to me.
What Are Some of the Best Types of Therapy for Teens?
We offer two types of therapy for teens experiencing mental health issues:
In these private, one-on-one sessions, a therapist will use Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) to help the teen make a connection between their thoughts and feelings, as well as understand how these impact their behavior.
In this scenario, the teen would go to therapy with their parent(s) and sometimes even with siblings. This style of therapy can be very beneficial as it allows the family to communicate effectively and respectfully.
Which type of therapy will be best for the teen will be determined by a trained therapist. Often, he or she will use a combination of both of these types of therapy.
If your teen is struggling right now and could benefit from therapy, please reach out to me.