Therapy for Teens (13-17)
Village Kids Program
Is your teen under a lot of stress? Do they not seem as happy as they once did? Are they suffering from anxiety. depression, or having frequent mood swings? Are you concerned about their peer relationships, academic performance, or have any concerns about their conduct? Do you think your teen would benefit from learning alternative ways to handle conflict and their anger?
The teenage years can be a combination of great fun, exploration of freedom and a tremendous amount of stress. During this time hormone levels are fluctuate, which can making one feel emotionally out of control. Teens also feel a greater need to perform well whether that is academically or in regards to sports, as well as to fit into social circles. Some teens are also battling exposure to boundary violations and violence in the form of community, family, intimate partner. 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.
- Loss – Loss can come in the form of a death of a loved one, including a pet, termination of a romantic relationship or friendship, and it can also come in the form of parental incarceration, deployment, or separation/divorce. Loss also happens when a family moves to a new location and the teen must go to a new school.
- 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, be a good athlete, comply with religious and cultural norms, and be accepted by their peers.
- Violence – Teens that are bullied at school or at home suffer, and often in silence. If not dealt with, the aftermath of violence can result in PTSD symptoms.
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, contact us today!
What does our program consist of?
There are three general types of therapy for teens experiencing mental health issues:
In these private, one-on-one sessions, a therapist will typical 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.
Group therapy can be very effective because it allows teens to see how their peers handle their problems. Most groups have five to six teens and one leader who will ask questions and guide the conversation. We offer groups on topics such as: Anger Management, Anxiety/Stress Management, School Blues (Academic Distress),
In this scenario, the teen would go to therapy with their parent(s)/guardian and sometimes even with siblings. This style of therapy can be very beneficial as it allows the family to communicate effectively and respectfully.
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 all three of these types of therapy.