Teen Therapy

Teen Therapy

Teens need a safe, supportive and non-judgmental environment to help navigate the challenges of adolescence (teenage years). In addition to significant adults in their lives, teens may need counseling to help them cope with overwhelming feelings, relational struggles and other difficulties that are hard to handle alone.

It is important to know when outside help is needed. Significant changes that may signal the need for a counselor include:

  • distruptions in appetite, sleep patterns, and usual interests
  • changes in home life due to moving, divorce, serious illness or death
  • boyfriend/girlfriend break-up
  • bullying or abuse (physical, emotional, sexual, spiritual)
  • substance abuse or addiction
  • tragic events                                                               
  • loss of someone or something meaningful
  • personal injury, illness or disability

Most teens will benefit from teen therapy if they believe it can help them face their current realities, feel validated in their experiences, manage unbearable feelings, and give them tools to make good decisions in advocating for their needs. Teens are often very smart and resourceful; yet, they become overwhelmed by the complexities of life and the pressures and demands upon them to succeed academically, socially and athletically, while meeting the expectations of parents, peers and themselves. They are faced with a myriad of challenges, that often differ from the expected challenges that their parents encountered during their adolescents. This creates a dissonance in feeling unseen, unheard and misunderstood by their parents. Today’s teens are exposed to adult pressures and experiences without the adult skill set to manage them well. These challenges may include one or more of the following:

  • relationship struggles
  • peer pressure
  • drug/alcohol use and addiction
  • self harm
  • eating disorders
  • sexual activity/STD’s/teen pregnancy
  • abuse & bullying
  • self-esteem
  • anxiety
  • depression/suicidal thoughts
  • behavior problems/truancy
  • bipolar disorder
  • learning disabilities-anxiety/obsessive compulsive disorder
  • violence/gangs
  • pornography/sex-ting
  • gaming
  • trauma/date rape

To schedule an appointment, please contact Robin Crosby at 425.345.6129, or Jim Crosby at 425.870.9703